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Trail Tip 48: Using Bike Shuttles and Biking to Trailheads

Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

Roads that lead to trailheads, particularly in the West, can vary greatly in their suitability for passenger vehicles. Some roads are passable by sedans with minimal clearance, while others require 4WD and high-clearance. Many fall somewhere in between – a carefully driven car can make it, but a small SUV would make the experience less nerve-wracking (and sometimes a bit faster, but driving slow on mountain roads is important for safety regardless of your vehicle’s capability). Information about road conditions can usually be found online, in guidebooks or by calling a nearby ranger station and can help you know what you’re getting into before you find yourself in a stressful situation. For roads that are a bit too rough for your car, but have adequate parking before the sketchy sections begin, taking a mountain bike to travel these sections can be a viable option...

Our Issue 48 Trail Tip looks at using bike shuttles for backpacking trips and biking rough access roads. Take a look at the article courtesy of @Mark Wetherington at the link below in Issue 48:

Trail Tip: Biking Rough Access Roads

Trail Tip - Using Bike Shuttles for Backpacking

Issue 48 Page 1

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