12 miles
Distance
2,585 ft
Climb
-2,586 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

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Ulysses is a circular route best ridden counterclockwise that starts at the Pequop Summit rest area (exit 373 off I 80) and can be ridden by an expert in three hours or less. Its hard to describe this ride as it encompasses so many features but is basically a desert mountain alpine ride with some primitive road and some excellent single track. There is the ubiquitous sage but there is also pinyon pine, juniper, white fir, and aspen with stunning views.. The trails are not well marked so it helps to have this app and an adventurous sense of challenge (Ulysses). If you don't count on the millions of people on I-80 beside you will be amazed at the solitude of this ride so its best to have a buddy with as you will really feel remote. From the rest area head west down the south maintenance road on radio tower road. It will turn south; turn into a primitive road; turn uphill and wind south for several miles. Stay in the valley you are climbing and take a left onto a trace road that climbs about a quarter of a mile (only been climbed once) to the ridge where Tweested Seester begins. If you miss the trace road to the ridge the radio tower road switchbacks out of the valley and dead ends at the radio tower in about 1/2 mile. Tweested Seester is an extremely faint trail that has some tape to mark it. If you can find it TW leads into Solar Coaster which is well traveled and easy to follow. Solar Coaster ends at Nanny Creek pond (the only pond in the basin) where the trail splits Take a left up Nanny Creek to continue on Ulysses or a right to the Paine Basin Trail system (MTB project as of yet). The left you take at Nanny Creek pond is single track through grass by the pond and then up though the pinyon pine that terminates in a mile at another primitive road. Again you take a left on the road to go back to your car or a right to several trails and roads that lead to Paine Basin. The primitive road back to the rest area has numerous roads joining it so follow the road with the rock cairns west then north to Pequop Summit. As you can see the challenges here are three 1) physical stamina especially the last dirt road to the ridge 2) technical ability especially the downhill single track of Tweested Seester 3) route finding ability. If you can master these and ride the entire route then you deserve to be called ULYSSES

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Ulysses mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,443 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,950 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,949 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -39.499%
  • Grade min
    30.802%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,971 ft
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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