Day 8: New Denver mountain bike ride, Galena trail-> 'H' Road - > Alamo Wagon Road -> Old Sandon Road

 
 
 
 
  Mountain Biking the Galena trail
  
Mountain Biking the Galena trail Mountain Biking the Galena trail Mountain Biking the Galena trail
We woke to find a sunny morning for a nice change, we had breakfast at our dome and then headed out to do a loop ride of Galena -> 'H' Road - > Alamo Wagon Road -> Old Sandon Road. Rob at Wilds of Canada Cycles had recommended the route we were doing and had shown us where to cut off H road to get to Alamo whilst avoiding new mine workings.
Mountain Biking the Galena trail Mountain Biking the Galena trail Mountain Biking the Galena trail
The Galena trail gradually climbed up an old rail way grade, it was fairly wide and smooth with a drop off to the right down to Carpinic Creek, in a couple of places the trail dropped down slightly around drainages, but mainly went upwards.
Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway
Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway We reached the cable car crossing, and Clare went across first, and then I followed. The Cable car was a fun way to cross the raging creek. If your bike dropped in the creek you probably wouldn't get it back. Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway
Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway
I managed to rub the skin off one of my fingers on the rope, I noticed my blood was a bright red colour - which i guess was due to the altitude.
Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway Crossing creek using Galena trail arial tramway
Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver
Across from the cable car crossing there were old mine workings, and a steep section of trail had to scaled to get back onto the Galena trail, we then rode along the Galena trail until we came to the junction with the old sandon road, where I mis read the map thinking we were still on the Galena trail and we rode a little way up the Sandon road before realizing we were going the wrong way so we turned around and continued along what was actually H road.
Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver

Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver

Riding back down old Sandon road - Video (11.5 MB)

Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver

Riding along H Road past old mine workings - Video (6 MB)

Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver At some old mine working we stopped and had a chat with a guy from San Diego who was visiting a buddie of his who had dodged the draft for vietnam by moving to Canada many years ago. We then carried on up H road, which in places got quite steep. H road was close to single track in places as the undergrowth was growing out on either side of the old road. Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver

Mountain bike riding H road, New Denver

Riding H road Singletrack - Video (5.4MB)

After passing a clear cut area of trees we saw an extremely steep trail heading up the mountain, which we dragged our bikes up, the trail was almost vertical in places. We then rode along the Idaho peak road , until it connected onto the Alamo wagon rd. Which started out as a normal fire road, but eventually came to a big hole in the ground and the road reverted to double track. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Riding down Alamo Wagon road where it starts to go down - Video (10.6MB)

 

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
After the big hole in the middle of the trail, the road headed down fast towards a stream crossing, as we headed down there were views of the alpine meadows we drove up through on the way up to Idaho peak the day before.

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Alamo Wagon road stream crossing just before trail turns back into singletrack (Video 5.5MB)

 

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver After the stream crossing the trail started to revert back to singletrack. But never get that narrow that there was a danger of crashing like on the wakefield trail the day before. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Alamo Wagon trail Singletrack - Video (6.8 MB)

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Alamo Wagon road got progressively more narrow as we headed downwards, with lush vegetation crowding in on the trail, at one point we came to a big stream crossing were and old shore style bridge had collapsed into the stream. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver We didn't know if anyone still rode this bridge, to us it looked pretty broken and un-rideable. This was the only palace in the ride that we saw any mosquitoes as well. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver

Alamo wagon fast section of single track down to scree slope - Video (13.7 MB)

 

This section of the Alamo wagon trail was pretty good fun, and it got more rocky, and the singletrack when in the trees narrowed with a rock face on one side, and a steep slope on the other side. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
  Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver  
Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver As we dropped down further the trail moved away from the rocks and started to switch back down to the Old Sandon Road. Mountain bike riding Alam Wagon Trail, New Denver
At the junction with Old sandon road we turned left and headed along the Old sandon Road, the Sandon road trail didn't drop down as much as The Alamo wagon trail, but gradually dropped down the mountain towards New Denver.
Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack
Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack
The ride along the Old Sandon road was nice and mellow, in places the trail was a narrow ribbon with verdant green moss on either side of it.

Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack 

As the Old Sandon trail singletrack -Video (17.5 MB)

Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack
Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack Old Sandon road mountain bike singletrack
We got back into New Denver at 5pm. Today's ride had been very enjoyable hardly any hike a bike and plenty of enjoyable single track, no bugs and no rain, and no death on your right !!. We would definitely come back and ride the trails again.

Mapt of New Denver MTB ride

 

Ride profile

 

Villa Dome Hottub Galena trail Villa dome huts
Downtown New Denver then washed the bikes and then we had a nice soak in the Hotels Hot Tub. After that we went for a walk down to the lake on the way we stopped at the Pizza / Cake shop and I had a Milkshake and we bought some cakes for breakfast the following day. We then went down to the lake and walked along it to a river. It started to get quite cold and started to rain lightly so we headed back to Villa Dome and then drove to the restaurant Wild Rose in Rosebery which we had pre-booked. The restaurant was very busy and we had to wait a while to get our Mexican food which was quite tasty. The restaurant owner drew me a map of the Wilson creek trail as we paid our bill, and said I must make the effort to ride it. We got a good nights sleep back at Villa Dome, as the smell in the room was not as bad as the night before.

DAY 9