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