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Canada del Oro - March 27, 2009

Distance: 11.0 miles Ascent: 2449 ft. Moving time: 1:47 hours

Spring is here and everything is green and in bloom. Since I hadn't been to Canada del Oro in a while, I thought I would give it a try. I drove there for an early evening ride and was a bit surprised to see only one other car in the parking lot.

The only way in (on a bike) is on Mayfair Ranch Trail, so this is where I started. It was very nice riding through the oak forest with young green grass all around. It is a reasonable climb from the entry to the first picnic table with two cattle gates to go through. The climb up is rewarded with a nice downhill ride to the creek and the junction with Longwall. There were lots of wildflowers blooming and the creek was particularly pretty. While I was riding along the creek, a large branch broke off of an oak tree for no apparent reason and started crashing down the hill toward me. It was exciting for a brief moment, but then it stopped when it hit some of the trees up the hill from me.

Shortly after crossing the creek, it was time to start ascending Longwall. This is another good climb, but it seemed easier than the initial climb for some reason. I climbed to the next picnic table and then continued up Bald Peaks Trail. This took me to the summit where I rode up to take some pictures. I continued along Bald Peaks past the junction with Catamount and up to the edge of Calero County Park (no bikes allowed). Rather than shoot down Catamount (a fire road), I turned around and retraced my path to take advantage of the Longwall single track.

I didn't see anyone else on the trail. I did run into a talkative guy in the parking lot, so we talked for a while. It was a very enjoyable solo ride at a very nice time of year.

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