Gunner Lakes Gravel
A woodsey 41 miles with 4000 feet of climbing and an out-n-back to view the Gunner Lakes. The hard work on this route is in the first half - really the first 5 miles, when you’re fresh and the morning is still filled with possibilities. Just keep telling yourself that. A sort of bail-out presents at the midpoint, where you can take the B-V trail back to the start if you wish (not any shorter, but a little easier). In terms of overall effort it should be about the same as last week’s route - maybe less as much of it is in shady woods. Maximum Grade shows as 14% versus last week’s numerous 16 and 19%ers.
The usual gravel ride precautions apply: This is NOT a road ride. A gravel bike or hardtail mountain bike is a must. I ride with 42c knobby tires and often wish for more on some descents. Skilled riders can do it on 35’s. Come with your sense of adventure and everything you need to be self-sufficient in the way of water (bring plenty), food/snacks (bring plenty), tools and spares. You must have the route loaded into your GPS device or phone. We will regroup at the top of big climbs or at major turns if we don’t miss them completely (kidding, sort of). While the pace is listed as moderate it will be challenging. Email me with any questions.
Do not come if you are not vaccinated for COVID-19.
Please read the Covid protocols before attending the ride. https://portlandbicyclingclub.com/protocols/
Buxton Trailhead, Buxton, OR, USA