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Valley of Fire (Week 5)

Prospect Trail

Prospect Trail

We spent a couple more days in Shoshone, California (just outside Death Valley) and then we were off to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. At Valley of Fire, I definitely could have used a fat bike on the Prospect Trail, which is an unmaintained trail that follows a desert wash full of sand and loose rock. 🙂 On my relatively narrow 2.25″ tires, I probably had to walk about a third of the 5.5 mile trail. Even with a fat bike, or mad skills, there are some sections that aren’t rideable. The crux (see pic below) required a little rock climbing, which was moderately challenging without a bike and a little crazy with a bike. I had been under the impression that horses navigate the trail, in which case maybe there are detours that are more passable. Or maybe horses just do an out and back on the southern end of the trail, which is much more navigable.

Prospect Trail crux

crux of Prospect Trail, looking back down at my bike

Rides of Week 5

DateLocationDistanceAscent (day / total / avg)BikeBuddies/Notes
Jan 29Shoshone, CA5.48 miles203' / 25,861' / 891'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeeddirt road and desert wash
Jan 30Shoshone, CA22.21 miles872' / 26,733' / 891'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link), about 1/3 dirt and 2/3 pavement
Jan 31Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.69 miles333' / 27,066' / 873'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link) around campgrounds and scenic loop road
Feb 1 (day 32)Valley of Fire State Park, NV9.3 miles821' / 27,887' / 871'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedmostly pavement, but a little dirt road
Feb 2 (day 33)Valley of Fire State Park, NV14.62 miles1,132' / 29,019' / 879'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride (link), road to White Domes, back on Prospect Trail
Feb 3 (day 34)Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.08 miles329' / 29,348' / 863'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride around campgrounds and scenic loop road (again)
Feb 4 (day 35)Valley of Fire State Park, NV4.14 miles317' / 29,665' / 847'Cannondale Trail SL 29 singlespeedloop ride around campgrounds and scenic loop road (again)
Total64.52 miles (week) / 294.39 (total)4,007' (week) / 29,665' (total)
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