View Full Version : Alpine Loop at Night
07-30-2007, 03:29 PM
On Saturday night I rode up the Alpine Loop at about 11:00 pm. It was WAY better. Hardly anyone driving on it (strange that anyone but me was there). You could see the headlights from the other folks well in advance. They could see yours. It made it so I could go faster :evil:, and enjoy the twisties "at a higher level".
I highly recommend it if you haven't already discovered it for yourself.
WOW :o That loop is insane during the day, can't imagine riding it fast at night. I bet you got a rush huh :evil:
07-30-2007, 09:03 PM
LOL Brim :) I haven't done Alpine Loop at night but I have done both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons and yeah it can be a rush, Just be careful but it would be nice to see the oncoming headlights before the turns on the Loop since those turns and road is so tight ;)
07-30-2007, 10:21 PM
You gotta remember. My "higher level" is probably like everyone elses regular driving speed. The Alpine loops creeps me out in the day. I alway come around a corner to find a "GERIATRIC DRIVER" hugging the inside lane so I have to cram on the breaks and swerve.
I had a lot more fun this time. Since there aren't any street lights, your high beam works Awsome to light everything up with out any glare.
07-31-2007, 11:39 PM
I rode the loop at night once after eating at Sundance with some friends. I was doing a pretty good clip when I almost hit the first deer. I was going a lot slower (and breathing really hard) when I almost hit the second deer. By the time the third deer ran across, right in front of me, I was ready to get off and walk the bike. Took me a long time to get home that night. Might've been the time of year but I won't do the loop after dark. Still like to go up to Sundance for dinner, but I go up Provo Canyon.
Best time to do the Alpine Loop is around 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon on a weekday (I've found Mondays are usually the lightest). I'm pretty spoiled on that score. I live about 5 minutes away from the mouth of AF canyon and work out of my house so it's pretty easy to take a quick lunch ride.
Sorry if I'm a killjoy. I just still get spooked thinking about that night.
08-01-2007, 12:27 PM
Hitting a deer would suck. I did see one, but that was all. Also, my friend was in front of me by about 50 yards. I guess you could say I was using the buddy system. I guess I just relied on the fact that he would hit the deer before me. :evil:
Hey, I too live at the mouth of AF Canyon and work from home.
08-01-2007, 12:54 PM
yeah, you have to watch out for deer. I once did a late night stress release drive in the car on the alpine loop. Luckily that thing is so loud that all wildlife in the county was ducking for cover. I suppose that is one reason to get loud pipes...scare the deer away before they get mesmerized by the headlight.
08-01-2007, 02:20 PM
Well Brim, sounds like we need to do some lunch riding. I'll PM you with my number and email.
08-01-2007, 05:37 PM
Cool! I'll check the PM.
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