Ice MUni at Rockville

On a chilly Sunday morning, Josh suggested we head up to Rockville Hills Park. For future reference, the fact that it’s hotter there in the summer doesn’t mean it’s hotter in the winter. We saw a lot of frost and some trail sections which were well frozen, even in the afternoon.

Of course, it’s impossible to be cold riding MUni, so after we cranked up the main trail, we shucked the jackets and rode the rest of the day plenty warm, beautiful riding weather, really. I won Best Biff on a slip-and-slide down an icy granite face on Cave Trail. (Ricardo tried to top me on Cascade Trail but the judges leaned my way because they’re tired of giving it to him.)

On the way in, Josh cleaned Rock Gardens top to bottom, making him likely the first person to accomplish that feat. I made it most of the way but there are a couple of ups near the end which seem implausible without hopping.

Josh on the skinny

The rock chute

Frost on Cave Trail

Coming down Rock Gardens

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Rockville Hills MUni

We made a last-minute course correction and wound up in Rockville Hills Park instead of over in Annadel (which we’ll go visit sometime in January). We had an impromptu trail meeting as Bill and Ashley, who thought we were going to Annadel and wanted to ride Rockville instead, showed up and ran into us as we were playing on the Manzanita trail. It was a beautiful day, and we used all of it, coming off the trails right at sunset after over five hours of riding. Ricardo won his usual Best Biff but also rode some amazingly complex stuff.  He left it all on the trail.  I got a ton of photos while people re-did difficult sections.

We’ll be back.

Ricardo and manzanita

Ricardo on Upper Tilley

Bill on Upper Tilley

Bill on Rock Gardens

Ricardo on Rock Gardens

Rockville Hills MUni

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Rockville Hills MUni

Josh and I redirected from Pacifica to Rockville Hills due to the weather and likely soaked trail conditions.  It turned out to be cool and cloudy but not rainy at all, and we had a blast playing around in the mud in Fairfield, both cleaning things we hadn’t managed before.  We wound up doing an almost entirely different ride than we did when we came up in February: the quarry, Cave Trail, and Rock Gardens instead of Manzanita and the waterfall.

Josh in the quarry

Josh on Cave Trail

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