“An intermediate to advanced trail through Limbaugh Canyon.”
— J Erik Hartel on Jul 21, 2013
DescriptionThis is a challenging singletrack trail behind Mount Herman through Limbaugh Valley. The trail starts off Mount Herman Rd. There's ample parking at the base or park further down the mountain and enjoy a leisurely ride up Mount Herman Rd to warm-up.
From the start point, the trail immediately heads up several steep, gravely climbs of >10%. Traction is a challenge and usually results in a hike-a-bike for 25-50m for all but the most adept. The trail then continues to climb up to a ridge before dropping into Limbaugh Valley after a series of narrow switchbacks and traverses.
Once in the valley, the track becomes a wonderful fluid ride through meadows and treed segments. There are a few stream crossings that appear with little warning. There are few opportunities to get lost, except as the trail curves around the north end of Mount Herman and begins to drop down into an old, rocky mining grade. This grade will eventually end in private property, so is not an option. Look for a steep trail that heads south, up and across the face of Mount Herman. This will keep you out of private property.
This trail is also intermediate-plus, with several long rocky, aerobic (+) grades that can be a significant bike handling challenge. Lots of power climbing here as you push over rocks while negotiating a steep narrow grade. The trail eventually empties out above Monument Preserve.
For the best ride, I recommend parking at the trailhead at Mount Herman Rd & Nursery Rd and using the long climb to the start of the trail to warm-up.
Overall, this trail is not a cakewalk, but the trip through the valley makes it worthwhile.
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