“Sweet singletrack loop on a gypsum formation with stellar (stark) scenery.”
— Lee Brinckerhoff on Mar 16, 2013
OverviewThis trail was developed with mountain biking in mind and is sure to please. Fast sections of singletrack follow the ridge lines, descents take in fun terrain, and beautiful rocky desert scenery is everywhere you turn. While much of the trail is not too technical, it's narrow enough to hold your attention.
There are a few climbs that grind up a wide gravel road though they are short. In places the trail is getting a bit deep so be careful - catching your front tire on the edge unexpectedly could have bad consequences.
DescriptionThere is a good trail map at the trailhead. In addition the trail junctions are numbered and out on the trail, each junction has a numbered post with a downsized version of the map - sweet.
Start by riding up the road and short ridge, then go up a steep climb with a few "baby" steps near the top. At the top of the climb, you'll curve around to the left on the road until you can head left on a nice singletrack along the ridge line. There are several gradual climbs and descents along the ridge and some exposed riding where the trail cuts along a hillside. Eventually a sharp drop leads to a notch. There is a trail leading down left off of the ridge and a hike a bike section continuing straight - you want to go straight.
Once you're up the steep big steps that make up the hike a bike, grind up the road climb. At the top of the climb, wonder out loud why you carried your bike up those steps. As you descend from the high point, notice the singletrack that cuts off to the right, take it and rejoice. Tight curves lead through the lumpy terrain as you lose elevation until the trail drops down a long ramp with steep drops and finishes with some sharp rollers.
Traverse a hillside a short ways and make sweeping turns to get to the final bit of trail that takes you down off the ridge with Hwy 550 just in front of you. You'll see why you don't want to reverse the loop.
Follow the road that you were deposited on for a hundred yards or so around a road cut, keeping an eye out for the singletrack that starts to the right. Fast, flat single track leads back in the direction from which you came and eventually rejoins the road for short distance before moving off to the left and climbing up through an area of spring activity. Aside from the climb, this bit is relatively mellow with not much to get excited about other than the views.
Eventually, a short loose drop ends in another notch or saddle. Take the road that goes to the left of the rocky trail that goes straight up the lump in front of you. On the road you will face some loose sand if you don't hold your line while climbing.
Once at the top of the climb there will be a short section of singletrack to the right of the road, a little road, then singletrack to the left then back to the right onto a lump. From the lump there are some tempting jumps down and to the left but the trail forks to the right. Follow this trail through some whoop-dee-doo type features and eventually curve to the left away from a dead-end section of trail. The next intersection you come upon is the "Final Frontier".
The "Final Frontier" is another ridge line, shorter than the first, that you'll follow through some steep climbs. There's one spot where you need to work through some tight rocks right at the top, otherwise it is smooth singletrack. Make a right at the end and follow white trails headed up to a tall white mound that you can ride to the top of.
Continue the trail off to the left on some fast double track. This will take you to the beginning of the first ridge you rode at the start of the ride. Turn left and roll down the hill to your car.
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