Just as winter wraps up, it’s time to put the skis away and get the bikes out for the Eagle Trail Jam! Eagle’s BLM lands are closed from November – April 15th, so when mid April hits the locals are ready to celebrate and hit the dirt! Located 2 hours west of Denver and situated along the Eagle River and I-70 corridor, Eagle is a cycle-centric community with over 100 miles of trails including paved bike paths that wind their way through town along Brush Creek and deposit you at the mountain biking trailheads.
Since it’s early season and I have no problem admitting I’m a novice when it comes to mountain biking, we chose to ride Haymaker which is described as “something for everyone.” This single-track trail offers smooth flats but also has options for steep downhills along with berms and jumps, if you’re so inclined, and was created especially for the high school mountain bike championships. What’s not to love?
Haymaker is meant to be ridden counter-clockwise and starts in high alpine desert terrain but then climbs up into scrub pine with beautiful views of the valley. We stayed to the right at intersections until we reached the end of Extra Credit and then followed the loop around to make our way back. This was a good trail to knock the rust off of our mountain biking skills after a long winter. Since this was a day of exploration, we also checked out Eagle Ranch, Haystacker, and Arroyo Drive Trailheads so we’d know where to ride next time.
Of course after every sweet ride there’s a sweet reward and several of the local restaurants offered $20.17 specials to celebrate the Trail Jam. The Dusty Boot just happened to be situated near several of the trails making it easy to stop in for a post-ride cold one.
But for me no trip to Eagle would be complete without a trip to Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que. Located west of town on Highway 6 it looks like a dive but don’t be fooled, this is premium BBQ. I know Southerners have a thing about BBQ and the debates between vinegar vs. mustard vs. ketchup base; dry rub vs. sauce; not to mention state vs. state styles could go on and on but in my humble opinion, Moe’s is money. The shredded pork is tender and moist while the sauce is a little spicy and a little sweet. Served in Southern fashion, the platter comes with a choice of meat, two sides, and cornbread. Standard sides like baked beans and coleslaw are available but Moe’s also offers a changing selection of daily side specials like red beans and rice, lima beans, mac & cheese, fried green tomatoes and always includes a dessert like chocolate peanut butter pie:)
I don’t think we rode hard enough today to warrant this bounty but when in Eagle…