Savage Gulf.

This weekend, whew.

Savage Gulf Trailhead - click for larger

Savage Gulf Trailhead – click for larger

It was a motocycle adventure. I had planned this for Saturday, but the weather was iffy, so I went shopping instead. Because of course I did. Went to the 4 X 4 shop, as I’m wanting to put a winch of the front of the Jeep. Not that I want to be one of “those people” you see bouncing around in the woods, but more just in case I happen to get myself stuck while looking for a new trailhead or other adventure. It’s gonna run about 2 grand, all told – we’ll see. I’ve kinda been on a spending bender lately, and I need to reel that in. I think.

Anyway, Sunday, Mother Nature was far more cooperative, so I saddled up and pointed the bike north, to the Savage Gulf SRA. This was going to be a true adventure – I’ve never been here before, and had no idea what road conditions would be like, although the maps I looked at promised twisty mountain roads; the maps were correct. The ride was uneventful, and I logged 75 miles round-trip – by far the farthest ride ever on this particular bike. The winds on the plateau were fierce, and I got my workout in by wrestling the bike up and down the mountain – it’s surprising how much of a toll this takes on you. No idea what the calorie burn was, but over the course of a 3-hour ride, I’m sure it was good.

Now, to go back and actually hike the trails at Savage Gulf. They certainly sound compelling, with signs at the trailhead warning of high bluffs and death and what-not. And with a name like “Rattlesnake Point”, you know there’s going to be some interesting stuff. The SRA is far too large to hike in one day; I suspect I’ll spend the next couple of weekends here (and if you look at that link, I rode in to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station of SR399, on the far right [east] of the map).

Of course I ran my mapping tools. Click for larger

Of course I ran my mapping tools. Click for larger

So, I guess the ride could be considered a “pre-hike” – half the challenge of exploring a new area is finding it. Now that it’s found, time to get the boots dirty. And hopefully, not take a plunge off a bluff.