|Above (click to enlarge) The red trail is yesterday's ride. The green trail is the old "Key" trail, so called because it was better than a key to the second lake gate...|
Pics and Vids: I was pressed for time, so sorry for the lack of stills, particularly of the Moriarty trail...I'll be back soon and will flesh out this entry...
Alternative Tank Traps...
|A tree has been felled in an alleged attempt to block access, again. There were some rocks. Rolling over was easy. Shoddy workmanship by Tim Berwest again.|
|Above and Below...Rode over this a couple of years ago. Plenty of strength left then...|
|See original bridge here...|
|Above: Marshall Lake: the water is very low right now, super clear and the fish were jumping everywhere while I was there. The trail up is in good repair and easily accessible by bike.|
|155-197 Spur - the end of the line. This is what looks like the cribbing that I point up at from the Marshall route further south in the video below.|
Time lapse you tube video of the ride...Click settings and choose 1080 HD
Google Earth Flyover of this track:
[Andy's Edit: 21/09/2014]
Really felt like I was missing out here, and so I did this route to Moriarty Lake yesterday to try out the new logging road that Paul mentioned. Fantastic ride... "The Moriarty Highway." No point in repeating this route with a new blog entry, so...
It's been about a month since I had a good ride. An old back injury revisited me after hiking up DeCosmos on our last ride together. I've been keeping off my feet as much as I can since then, but after picking up some decent pain medication that prevents me from emptying multiple bottles of the off-the-shelf stuff and having waiting for my back to recover considerably, I'm ready for a ride once again. No Paul about! Off sailing... How la-di-dah! (I can see the cucumber sandwiches with their crusts cut off). Then I guess it's a solo ride.
|Beautiful views along the serpentine "Moriarty Highway"|
|Approaching the lake from the upper road|
|Moriarty Lake from the road blockage. (The road block is the pile of logs on the far left)|
|The road block prevents you from riding down to the lake, although it's walkable.|
|Mama black bear and her cubs. Saw these guys on the return trip about 5 or 6km from the lake. I was sure I had seen three cubs, but I guess not.|
My track from Doumont to Moriarty Lake.
Made a quick visit to Rhododendron Lake and checked out the progress of the roads that appeared as if they're traveling towards Okay Mountain valley. They don't connect yet, although there's now a cool trail that climbs a dead-end spur with good views of Okay Mt. I took our usual route through the valley, back to the power lines, past Boomerang Lake and eventually Doumont using the original tank traps route.
|Red shows track available from link directly above, (Doumont Rd to Moriarty Lake), and blue shows my return route. The elevation profile shows the red track only, with the red arrow locating the highest point at 1023m (3356ft).|
|Doumont Rd to Moriarty Lake: Colour Coded Elevation Track|
Here's the whole ride from Doumont Rd to Moriarty lake in time-lapse at 4x speed:
And, the tank traps through the original route at 3x speed.