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by Mike on June 18, 2010

This morning’s ride in pics, vids and GPS…

From Bees Knees Gila Loop
From Bees Knees Gila Loop
From Bees Knees Gila Loop
From Bees Knees Gila Loop
From Bees Knees Gila Loop
From Bees Knees Gila Loop

Bees Knees Gila Loop


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{ 7 comments }

1 garvin June 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Make, how are you mounting your camera? It looks like it is attached to your front hub or the lower part of your fork.

I will get back out doing that loop as soon as my busted ankle heals.

2 Dave June 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

Mike.
I think the climbing up Bee’s Knee’s on the East Side was the best part. Next time i’ll probably just go up to the Peak and head back. Seems like the trail is packed alot better on the East Side. Probably started to late, didn’t realize it would take me as long as it did, i was pretty wore out by the time I got back to DF parking lot.

3 Mike June 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Dave, so you didn’t like the climbing? It’s brutal for sure, but so much fun, if you like that sort of thing, which I do!

4 Dave June 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

Did the Bees Knees Gila loop from the Desert Foothills parking lot this am. All i got to say is you guys have a real sense of humor!

5 Brian June 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I have been doing the same loop about once a week for a month now and you’re right, I haven’t tried BK eastbound as it just looks brutal! I am closing in on clearing the climb on BK westbound. I am getting stuck at the second switchback that they just improved with the rock base as the switchback begins. I just spin out on the second turn and lose momentum….just need a bit more luck on that one honestly. Next is the extended steep climb that I make but I am just exhausted as I clear it so I have to regroup for a bit. The last switchback is too steep and sandy to make IMO, zero luck on that one. What type of luck have you had on the last switchback? What tire combo and pressure are you running? I have a Specialized fasttrack on the back currently and its just not up to the task so I just got a Captain to try with its more agressive tread. Thoughts? Someone suggested a Kenda small block 8. Thanks for the great website and any advice you can share.

6 Mike June 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

West on Gila…I’ve done West on Gila and climbed Bees Knees eastbound too. Never say never… the trail is getting packed down and becoming more and more rideable in that direction. Later this fall after the rains and some more traffic, it will be awesome climbing.

Every time I pass the Gila cave I want to go in but then I picture a giant mountain lion sleeping in there…so I just keep riding :) Rock on. Maybe I’ll see you out there sometime.

7 Justin June 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Mike:

Thanks again for you web site. Because of your postings, Bee’s knees and Gila have become a regular ride for me. It looks like on the 3rd pic down you are going west on Gila. I went that direction once and never will do that again. The climb up the back side of Bee’s(east bound) is not fun(HAB with alot of loose dirt). West bound up Bee’s, down backside then east bound up Gila is much preferable.
-Bee’s Knees is like a longer Heli-pad
-Gila is like a longer tougher Javalina.
Have you ever checked out the big cave at the bottom of Gila?

The extension off 5th Ave/Desert Foothills is great to the ruins! It extends a Desert Classic ride that normally would end at the Telegraph parking lot. From the Ramadas to the ruins and back is approx 26 miles by my calculations. Good training for the Barn Burner ride in Flagstaff.

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