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Russian Ridge - March 13, 2009

Distance: 12.2 miles Ascent: 2250 ft. Moving time: 1:48 hours

It was another beautiful spring day today and a few days of sunshine have dried out most of the trails. Since it had been a while, I decided to go up to Russian Ridge for a leisurely ride.

Rather than go one of the usual routes, I mixed things up a bit. I rode up to Borel Hill and then took Ridge along the hillside, across the ridge and to the end, riding the singletrack through the switchbacks to Rapley Road. They were doing some grading on the service road, so I turned around and rode the singletrack back up the hill. Since I don't usually do it, I descended Hawk which was very nice. I then rode the length of Mindego Trail, stopping in a meadow to explore a small path that ended at the edge of a steep drop-off. From the end of the trail, I rode out the old Mindego ranch road to the end. MROSD purchase this ranch last year with the intention of adding it into the Russian Ridge OSP, but this area is still closed. It looks like they have removed the old ranch house, but there is a new gate across the road. Being a good citizen, I turned around and headed back. I rode back up Mindego to Ancient Oak and back to the parking lot.

On the way back up Mindego I met a nice couple on their bikes who were exploring the same small path at the meadow that I had checked out. I suggested a few places for them to explore (Saratoga Gap and Wilder). It looked like they were having fun exploring.

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