La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

Where the mountain bikers and the antelope play…

November, you say? The weather was strangely un-November like .. time to chamois up and hit the trails.

I drove up North for about 25 min (almost to the WY border) to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The area and the adjacent Red Mountain Open Space and Cheyenne Open Space are easily 35+ square miles of open prairie with barely a tree in sight. It’s within sight of snow-capped 11k ft peaks but it feels like a world away from the Rockies.

Instead you get some nice grassland, endless views and sagebrush canyons with a surprising amount of elevation gain.

The trails are buttery sand over hardpack, lacking any real technical features but the singletrack sections have endless flow.

Some nice views up on the Cheyenne Rim trail.

Good place to crank out some base miles on the singlespeed.

And yes I saw plenty of deer and antelope playing too. 30 miles in 3 hours (with still 10+ miles of trails there left to explore).

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November 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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