Thanks all for the ride last night. The wheel spoke, people listened. Since we're on the topic of Left Hand Canyon, I thought I'd post up a brief history of the area. The following is an email that was sent in by a loyal blog reader.
"I read your critique of the new trails I thought I would give you a little history I know about the trails at Left Hand.
Originally they were made in the 70’s and 80’s purely to make loops for motorcycle trials competitions. I remember riding and working on them as a young teenager. They were never meant to be multi use year around trails that would see heavy traffic. We would use them 1-2 times a year. In fact all of the single track there was originally for our competitions, and are named after the guy’s who made them(they only recently went to the #’s). We wanted them hard to make the competitions as difficult as possible. I am blown away they decided to re open those 2 [edit - 836 and 837 that drop into Spruce Canyon]. I have ridden them a few times recently on a motorcycle and agree they will be destroyed by riders of less than expert capability. I have already heard of 1 guy who had to leave his bike there and come back with help to get it out. I will enjoy them while I can.
It was sad to watch the destruction of carnage canyon. Us trials guy’s had used it from the 60’s on and never caused a problem, then we get kicked out. Times are a changing.
Keep up the fight for MTB single track; I appreciate the effort you put into it for all of us to enjoy."