Did a night ride Sat PM / Sun AM, Red Box->Rincon->Shortcut->Hwy 2->Red Box. Observed the following:
1) West Fork is drying up. Descending Rincon between Valley Forge CG and West Fork CG, the first 2 water crossings were a trickle and the 3rd crossing (closer to West Fork CG) was dry. The Shortcut Road crossing was also dry.
2) I realize now that West Fork is a 'teddybear picnic'. I've encountered bears (either seeing or hearing) on about 50% of my outings there this year. Sun AM I heard a bear in a side canyon after starting the Shurtcut climb north from the river. S/he was 'wrowr'ing at me, though didn't sound angry/distressed...just a generic 'wrowr'.
3) Another person on bicycle was descending Rincon westward from Newcomb Pass at about 2:00 AM Sun. If that was one of our regulars on here...HOWDY!
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