This is a multi-use trail. Watch out for and be respectful to hikers, horses and other bikes.
These trails are also known as "8 Loop." Make sure to go counter clockwise.
Heavy climbing leads to long and extremely fun downhills. The summit is a great place to rest in the tall pines. The trail is quiet, with a bed of pine needles on the trail surface, and a sense of just flowing down the downhills. There is little erosion, no technical areas, and it's built for smooth speed.
Need to Know
The trailhead is at start of GPS track, however you can add about a mile to the loop if you start at a fire-road entrance on the right just after the second dam on Jenkinson Lake. Most riders start here but the trailhead is also a good option because it has a nice trail map describing the loops and levels of trails.
Note all along the trail system their are well marked short out and back trails that have much more difficulty than the Intermediate loop. Enjoy those if you want a bit more from the ride.
NOTE: NEVER BLOCK the gate. It may be used in case of an emergency or for fire access.
From the parking area you'll start a gradual climb to your first downhill. The downhill is moderate but narrow and fun. You'll cross a couple of fire roads as you head down to the lowest part of the trail system.
At the bottom, you'll begin a long climb ascending about 450 vertical feet to the summit. The scenery here will take your mind off the climb but lack of AIR will bring you back! At the summit you'll enjoy great views. After that, it's great, fast, narrow, scenic, quiet downhill, making for some fantastic riding.
A couple shallow uphills followed by more downhills (short rides up some pine covered fire trails) lead to more downhill all the way to your start point. I think anyone would really enjoy the beauty and flow of this ride.
The trailhead is on Blue Gouge Road. Most riders start from MET road and take the fire access road to the trailhead. Do not block/park at the gate. Go counterclockwise. Go past the first 'trail' that cuts back to the left sharply half a mile in and go to the trail a mile in that is angles off to the left as you start up a short grade. fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO…
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