Great pics. Done the loop several times, always a bunch of fun and seriously beautiful.
For those wondering about the loop, truth be told even something like a stock Xterra or similar wouldn't have any trouble, it's not difficult. In fact in the entire area, there are only two challenging trails. One is Poughkeepsie Gulch, that one is a bit harder and has some real obstacles on it. It's a lot of fun. The other is Black Bear Pass, with its infamous switchbacks and massive cliffhanging. Hell, I don't think I'd even try Black Bear with a manual (which I have) and sure as hell wouldn't do it alone or without a great spotter! But if you run it you're rewarded with one of the most beautiful trails in the state.
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