Note: the latest ride updates are on the Paunsaugunt Enduro page.
Wondering what to do mid July and wanting a ~65-100 mile MTB effort? Look no further, this is the best thing going in Utah. It's a heady route full of big views, sweeping, swooping singletrack that will challenge you. 'nuff said.
Back in February I wrote this post about an endurance event on the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
This will go as planned in the linked post with a slight date change. The ride is Sunday, July 19th with a civilized 6AM start.
The Paunsaugunt Enduro is a self-supported endurance ride. There is no support or entry fee. It is a gathering of friends to ride rarely ridden killer trails and have some time for socializing in camp. You can ride it as fast or as slow as you wish. Some will wish to challenge themselves, while some will come to enjoy. Some may even do both.
Rules are simple: leave no trace, be courteous to all trail users, take care of yourself, follow self-support ITT guidelines. It's purely an honor system - if you are attending you already know what that means.
**New** ~40 mile option added.
3 route options:
40 miler - Thunder mountain, a little bit of the Grandview, then back to camp. Distance approx, more details coming!
65 miler - 9,000' climbing. Thunder mountain, Grandview trail along Sunset cliffs, mixed ATV track back to the start. I'd guess 6-9 hours or so for this one.
95 miler - ~15,000' climbing. The additional 30 miles here doubles the route difficulty (at least), sound familiar DaveC? Same route as above with the addition of the Grandview along the southern end of the Paunsaugunt and more spectacular singletrack in the Crawford pass area just SW of Bryce NP. Little known, remote, committing - and surprisingly buff in places (not so much in others...). The full meal deal, this is an epic and will be a very long day and would also make a great 2 day route. Feel free to start on Sat the 18th if you'd prefer the 2 day option and want some post-ride socializing on Sunday.
Please note that I won't likely have time to scout the entire route. There is a 13 mile section of the Grandview (south of Red Canyon CG) that I have not yet ridden, and probably won't before the ride. So come with a sense of adventure, we'll all be doing some exploring early in the ride. This also means that the mileage, climbing, and duration estimates are just that - estimates.
Date and routes are set. Stay tuned for course descriptions, GPX files, and camp location.
Are you in? Got questions? Just leave a comment so I know what to expect. I'll bring my BBQ grill again.