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MY HEART SANK AS I READ THE LIST OF TRAILS BURNED: Up­per Sec­tion of Los Pi­nos, All of Yea­ger Mesa Trail, Up­per part of Bell Ridge, Up­per Holy Jim.

These have been home to many mem­bers of Bike’s staff over the years, where we tested bikes, worked on trails or es­caped the din of a cor­ner of the coun­try that has al­ways felt a bit for­eign to moun­tain folks—true back­coun­try-es­que sin­gle­track strik­ing dis­tance from the of­fice. The trails weav­ing through the canyons are wild and re­mote, steep and loose, and in­clude ridgetop tra­verses and fall-line de­scents. And they were gone, vic­tims of a fire that scorched 22,000 acres in a mat­ter of days. Not en­tirely gone, of course,

BY NI­COLE FOR­MOSA

PHOTO: AN­THONY SMITH

Riders on Bell Ridge look­ing out to­ward Up­per Holy Jim and the val­ley that re­cently burned in the Holy Fire.

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