Hurkey Creek Camping and Riding with ShareMTB

When a good camping deal comes along, I just have to take it. My all weekend trip at $70 included three nights of camping, food, and all the beer I could drink until the beer was gone. I stayed for two nights. There was plenty of food and there was still beer left when I took off! Many thanks to the Share Mountain Bike Club for making this happen. (Check them out at http://www.sharemtb.com)

Check out photos of our Hurkey Creek Ride Here

For our Saturday ride, the plans were a little vague, but being the adventurous sports we were, we said OK. The basics: 20 miles or so with a few thousand feet of climbing at starting elevations near 4,400′ up. I thought, OK sounds like maybe an EPIC, but who knows. We all rolled with the flow. I know the basic Hurkey Creek loop (aka the 24 Hours of Adrenaline loop) but had never really ventured out past that before.

After the first 1.5 miles of climbing over 550′ we had pretty much figured out who was going to ride in the “A” group and who would be in the “B” and “C” groups. Silly me decided to stick with the “A” group. After the average 8 mile an hour warm up (think middle ring front, top ring back the whole way) the pace actually increased. While I stopped for some photos in the first meadow, the Clydesdales on their single speeds continued through the meadows without breaking so much as a second to reach the next ridge line.

Check out this panorama of the first meadow:

Spring Johnson Meadow

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Once I arrived at May Valley Road, I was so far behind that nobody wanted to wait, so off they went again at 8+ mph climbing speeds up May Valley Road. One of the guys was nice enough to stop a mile or so up to wait for me, but given no breaks and a pace about double what I’m used to, I bid him a farewell and the group and decided to go exploring on my own.

I checked out my TOPO map, looked up, and had this goal in mind: I’m gonna go to the top of that 6,200′ mountain right in front of me. I reached 5,800′ when the road just well.. stopped. And there were no foot paths either. It was pretty clear that nobody had been up this way in quite a while. So I took a picture of the view and started my way back down.

Take a look at the panorama view of May Valley / Hurkey Creek area from the Big Cedar Spring area at 5,800′:

Big Cedar Spring Area

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On the way down the hill, I found a little single track near a bunch of piles of wood which I later was told is called “Log Pile”. At the end of this trail I ran into the original group of folks that I started the ride with. Altogether again, we descended into a myriad of trails in the May Valley / Hurkey Creek area. Here are a few panorama shots I took on the way down.

May Valley Road Meadow

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Indian Grinding Stone Along Hurkey Creek

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Interesting Scene in the Hurkey Creek Area

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The Fishery Above Hurkey Crek Campground

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Check out photos of our Hurkey Creek Ride Here