Brockway Summit and Martis Peak, the hillside across from Northstar California Ski Resort, has some of the best, and most technical mountain biking trails in North Lake Tahoe. Driving up rt. 267 passing Northstar, it is not uncommon to see trucks lining the side of the road awaiting their occupants return from the maze of trails directly above them. A left hand turn off of (rt.) 267 about two miles passed Northstar is the entrance to the Martis Peak Fire Lookout access road. It is a five-mile long road that takes you up the side of the mountain and eventually leads you to one of the best and most convenient lookouts in the Truckee-Tahoe area.
Anyways, it was a moist day in Tahoe awaiting the arrival of a winter storm, we found ourselves indoors with no real plan. My friend Tommy Larraguetta (@hotboysuntan) called me up and asked if I was interested in taking some photos of him mountain biking down the Martis Peak trail, known for its intermediate to highly advanced riding options. There was a slight drizzle coming down which turned to a light snowfall as we reached the trailhead. We unloaded the gear and the bikes and set off for the trail. I had actually never mountain biked before in my life and riding with my gear bag on my back and two flash stands between me and the bag was not as comfortable as you might think! Either way it was great to finally see what everyone who does mountain bike are referring to when they talk about it. I could imagine how fun it would be if I wasn’t so concerned with my equipment, but for this adventure it was hard to allow myself to go too fast. A little cautious considering the light stands acted as wings on my back and I was not about to get hung up on a tree!
Regardless, we made our way down, stopping at a few locations to dismount and shoot some. We set up at a kicker, fixed the lights, and composed the shot. We tried to make it quick so we could find some more spots to shoot, but unfortunately we got a late start and after getting lost taking a wrong trail into a valley where we had to walk the bikes out of, we didn’t have enough time to take as many as we wished to. We did manage a few shots however. The second photograph shows the infamous ‘Aircraft Carrier’ jump which is a 3ft gap to a 40ft wood plank bridge suspended 15ft in the air that shoots you off about another 35ft gap! Insane huh?! Won’t be catching me hitting that any time soon. All in all, thanks for getting me out on the trail Tommy!
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