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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 7:19 am 
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Steve and Hit the Trail accompanied me on this short loop with excellent wildflower coverage and mountain views (Mission to Mastiff). Xanadu is a cranky old ridge and a well used bike path gaining  elevation out of Derby Canyon to several highpoints and Humility Hill. It becomes very open with many variations and allows you to survey the surrounding area. There was no snow above 4000', Humility Hill was dry as was Blag Mountain and wildflowers were plentiful at 3500' plus, we had lunch with a wide angle view of the mountains from Mission to Mastiff. The prescribed burns made for some haze but a great trip for the small effort. 6 mi, 2000' r/t.

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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 8:00 am 
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It's nice when these two characters do a "normal" hike! I always enjoy the camaraderie and banter of the outing. This time was no different. Fun day guys. up.gif

On Xanadu
On Xanadu
One of the few flat spots on the trail
One of the few flat spots on the trail
Old burn
Old burn
At our lunch stop
At our lunch stop
Balsom field
Balsom field
Nice contrast
Nice contrast
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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 9:33 am 
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Looks great out there!!!! One day Iíll get back out there with you guys.
BTW, good to see you at Christmas Hit The Trail 😀

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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 9:49 am 
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We didnít have any ticks on us. Bryan would be nice to get out again it has been awhile going up Gold Creek - Twisp - Winthrop today to recon roads / snow levels.

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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 10:24 am 
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Did you pass by that interestingly shaped big rock on the ridge again?

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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 11:37 am 
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Looks like you guys had a fantastic day! I want to go just to see what ďa cranky old ridgeĒ looks like. smile.gif
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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 12:13 pm 
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Bootpathguy wrote:
ANY TICKS!!!!

Actually most of that trail is so open and brush free I don't think it would matter. Unless you were worried about a dog running in brush.

Bryan K wrote:
BTW, good to see you at Christmas Hit The Trail 😀

Yeah, What a chance meeting that was! Good to see you again also, and meet your whole fam damily.
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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 5:11 pm 
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Always good stuff folks!  It's a fun loop with Epic views.

Friendly reminder to those not familiar w/Xanadu and looking to hike up the cranky old ridge.  Xanadu is a downhill mountain bike trail, built and maintained by Evergreen bike association.  It is a Destination trail, in many guidebooks, and among the most popular in the area.  On a weekend, there will be a steady stream of fast riders all day.  Most of them will not be expecting to see uphill traffic or hikers.

If you hike out here pay attention, keep your wits about you and know what you're getting into before you go.

Like all Destination Locations, it's crowded on weekends, and the crowds are much larger than 5 years ago.  I did a slow loop last Saturday and saw 40 or 50 people in less than 3hours.  All on bikes.

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PostFri Apr 27, 2018 6:17 pm 
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FiveNines wrote:
On a weekend, there will be a steady stream of fast riders all day.†

Yes, good advice. Even on our mid-week hike we saw 6-8 bikes going up as we were going down the logging road. They do an uphill grunt on the old road before they get to fly down Xanadu.

One saving grace is that a lot of the distance in the tree covered area has an alternative route if you use original parts of the trail that existed before they built all the loop-d-doos and banked turns. Or you could hike up the logging road and continue west past the Xanadu turnoff and come down the next ridge over. There is a trail over there also (so says Wildernessed). In fact we would have looped out that way if I had not told my wife I would be home by early afternoon.

Or just go up the ridge staying off the Xanadu speedway.
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