McKenzie River Trail

Austin Holt riding a bike on the McKenzie River Trail in Oregon

|| Although I picked the spot and did the riding, I have to give the shutter props to photographer Re Wikstrom. Re snagged this photograph while we were ripping along the McKenzie River Trail in Oregon. Although the trail starts in a mass of volcano rock, it slowly snakes its way down to the river.

Despite the fact that you shuttle this trail (drive to the top, leave a car at the bottom), there’s lots of pedal time. A downhill bike would be fun for a few sections, but a mid-travel trail bike is definitely the way to go. My Santa Cruz Heckler¬†held its own* through twisty forest sections, slick roots, and the technical bits of rock at the beginning.

No one mentions the bridges you have to cross during this ride. Some are wide enough to ride across, some have railings on both sides, and some are so skinny your bars barely creep through from start to finish. The rhythm goes: ride, ride, ride, pedal, pedal, pedal, StairMaster, and repeat.

Ride this trail, it’s one for the bucket list.||

Gone for a Walk

Hiking along a trail in the foothills above Salt Lake City, just before winter.

|| Trails wind through the foothills around Salt Lake City. Hiking these trails can either be a muddy adventure or a thrilling opportunity to shoot some amazing photos of the outdoors.

Snow had just fallen in the Southern part of the city, mostly at high altitude, but the lower trails were dry to the North. Sometimes I trail run in the foothills just to get away from the grid and the grind. That’s one of the best parts about Salt Lake, you can leave the city behind without actually leaving the city. ||