Hannigan Meadow Overnight Loop Ride

The weather was outstanding, meaning no rain or snow, for the club’s first annual (maybe) overnight ride to Hannigan Meadow Lodge. The ride had 21 participants, 10 side by sides and one quad. The downside to no rain was the different trails were very dusty in some areas. The upside to no rain was very little mud. I am not sure which is more preferable, dust or mud. Marty Hetrick and Marty Smith did an outstanding job of planning and leading the 180+ mile round trip trail ride. The ride to the lodge was great except for the 2 hours it took for lunch in Alpine. If this becomes an annual event the lunch stop in Alpine will probably be eliminated. Because of the long lunch break, the trail ride between Alpine and Hannigan Meadow had to be shortened so the arrival time would not be too late.

The Lodge made available a rib eye steak supper that most took advantage of. The steak was cooked to perfection and very tasty. Most said they would have liked to have some sit and talk time after the meal, but everyone was tired and crashed early. A big thank you needs to go to the Lodge staff, they went out of their way to make the stay a great experience. We can overlook the less than comfortable beds in the rustic lodge setting. Everyone in our cabin agreed that they had a less than restful night’s sleep. The buffet breakfast was tasty and filling and the sack lunches were ready just in time for us to depart at 8:30 am. We were glad the lodge still had fuel in their tank so we could fill up our fuel tanks. If they had not had fuel, it would have meant and unplanned stop in Alpine for fuel.

We were treated some fall colors on the way to the Lodge, but the return trip provided the greatest display of brilliant fall colors. We were fortunate in that we had only one flat, a rock through a sidewall, on such a rocky trail. Most riders were back home by around 5 pm. Of course, that excludes some who had to travel to Mesa after the ride. Everyone agreed the trip was a great success, a lot of fun, but really tiring.
Hannigan Meadow Overnight Ride

The weather was outstanding, meaning no rain or snow, for the club’s first annual (maybe) overnight ride to Hannigan Meadow Lodge. The ride had 21 participants, 10 side by sides and one quad. The downside to no rain was the different trails were very dusty in some areas. The upside to no rain was very little mud. I am not sure which is more preferable, dust or mud. Marty Hetrick and Marty Smith did an outstanding job of planning and leading the 180+ mile round trip trail ride. The ride to the lodge was great except for the 2 hours it took for lunch in Alpine. If this becomes an annual event the lunch stop in Alpine will probably be eliminated. Because of the long lunch break, the trail ride between Alpine and Hannigan Meadow had to be shortened so the arrival time would not be too late.

The Lodge made available a rib eye steak supper that most took advantage of. The steak was cooked to perfection and very tasty. Most said they would have liked to have some sit and talk time after the meal, but everyone was tired and crashed early. A big thank you needs to go to the Lodge staff, they went out of their way to make the stay a great experience. We can overlook the less than comfortable beds in the rustic lodge setting. Everyone in our cabin agreed that they had a less than restful night’s sleep. The buffet breakfast was tasty and filling and the sack lunches were ready just in time for us to depart at 8:30 am. We were glad the lodge still had fuel in their tank so we could fill up our fuel tanks. If they had not had fuel, it would have meant and unplanned stop in Alpine for fuel.

We were treated to some fall colors on the way to the Lodge, but the return trip provided the greatest display of brilliant fall colors. No matter how many times we ride and clear a trail, we always have to be prepared for removing downed trees blocking the trail. This is especially true of the trail section that runs along Horton Creek. It is fortunate and appropriate that many ride participants carry chainsaws, the saws were put to good use on the return trip.

We were fortunate in that we had only one flat, a rock through a sidewall, on such a rocky trail. Most riders were back home by around 5 pm. Of course, that excludes some who had to travel to Mesa after the ride. Everyone agreed the trip was a great success, a lot of fun, but really tiring.

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