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OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015

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  • Lunch Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Andy's Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mack Ridge.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Oil Well Flats Mountain Bike Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Buckskin Gulch Hike.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Buckskin Gulch Hike.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Alice Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Overlooking Little Cottonwood Canyon. - OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Little Wildhorse Canyon Hike.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • The road to the Horseshoe Canyon Trailhead passes a small area of sand dunes- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Horseshoe Canyon Hike.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Monument Canyon just before sunrise, Colorado National Monument.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Rock formations at Bonny Doon Beach. - OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Contributor John Badila on the first summit along the Devil's Castle Traverse, checking out the rest of the route. - OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Singing Creek flowing into Cheakamus Lake.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Mountains seen from the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Riding along the rim on the Good Water Rim Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Past the reflecting pool on the Slickrock Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Dropping down the navajo sandstone on the MOAB Brand Trails.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Diving through the rocks on the Circle O Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • The La Sals in the background.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Riding Bar B in the MOAB Brand Mountain Bike Trails.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • It's easy to see why The Ribbon Trail is so epic.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Ruster's Loop.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Walking along Park Avenue in Arches National Park.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park. The formation is more of a crater.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Not far from the main Heart Mountain Hot Springs pool there is an undeveloped hot spring that may be suitable for soaking.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • The only developed trail on the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge leads past several interpretive signs and presents views like these.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • A mossy rock roll leading into a sizeable drop on Silver Spoon.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Twin Peaks and lower Maybird Lake. - OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
  • Hiking on the Skywalk Trail.- OP Adventure Review: December 2-10, 2015
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For those of you keeping count, there are 46 brand new adventures on the site since last week's OP Adventure Review, which was a look at November's additions. It was a glorious, busy week that saw more from Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, California, and Oregon. Tons of mountain biking! Great stuff from Brant, Stefan, and Duncan, all of whom worked up thorough, fun profiles of some truly beautiful rides. It isn't so easy to shoot a mountain bike adventure well; lots of stopping, dismounting, staging, reshooting...it all adds up to work that we are lucky to have on the site. Big thanks to the mountain bikers (you too, Adam!).

Duncan assures us that no riders were injured in the creation of this image. Photo by Duncan Sadava.

Peruse the recommended adventures below at your leisure, and here are a few to get you started:

  • Slickrock Mountain Bike Trail: It's about time this phenomenal spot had a home on Outdoor Project! And Brant is just the Contributor to get it done. Ten new adventures from the Moab area are now available thanks to Brant, so have a look...but start with this one.
  • Lunch Loops Mountain Bike Trails: The Ribbon: Pause for a bit before you plan your Moab mountain bike trip, because Stefan's work makes a great case for Fruita. Then again, he also makes a great case for Grand Junction, not too far away. This latest trail on the Lunch Loops will put a smile on your face and envy in your heart.
  • Colorado National Monument: While you're checking out Fruita and Grand Junction, why not stop by Colorado National Monument courtesy of Denis LeBlanc's shutter and pen? He captured some great light over Monument Canyon.
  • Bonny Doon Beach: Setting the Southwest aside (for the moment), have a look at John Cody's latest from the Santa Cruz vicinity. He caught a beautiful beach and some unusual rock formations at just the right time of day. And he kept it family friendly on this clothing-optional spot!
  • Devil's Castle Traverse: This one looks like so much fun. John Badila profiles this hike/scramble that affords some spectacular views of the Wasatch. Low key but exciting enough to keep you focused, this adventure pays off pretty well for a half-day excursion.
  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge: Love this photo of a coyote at Hart Mountain. Hart Mountain takes a while to reach for most folks, but it is worth it. Jessica perfectly captures the harsh and serene winter landscapes, and she adds some images from a  warmer, friendlier time of year as well. Thank you, Jess.
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Photo by Jessica Beauchemin.
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