Saturday, October 10, 2015

Warm Springs Ridge, Bitteroot Mountain Range

Jen in Heaven.

31 miles of AMAZING!
This is the ride to do in the fall when you have a lot of fitness and want to get up the high country!

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On October 3, we finally made it over to the far southern end of the Bitterroot Valley to ride Warm Springs Ridge.

We did it as a big loop, beginning near Lost Trail Hot Springs at Indian Trees Campground, climbing 7-8 miles on a Forest Service Road to Porcupine Saddle Trail Head, getting on the Warm Springs Ridge Trail and riding it all the way south back to Highway 93, and then back 7 miles on 93 to the car.

All in all, it was a 30 mile loop with 5,000 feet of gain, but since most of the climbing is gradual and the descending relatively non-technical (similar to the standard Rattlesnake rides), it's a less strenuous ride than Sheep Mountain or Curly Lakes.

Tire was puncured, so we used a $10 bill. Not so good - we switched it for a Hammer gel package (used) for the rest of the ride. Luckly they still took our $10 for beer at the Brewery in Hamilton after the ride.

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