Unusual among MMBTS trails, Pneuma is more XC than DH oriented and is a climbing trail to access the downhill trails or to do a summit-and-down ride. The width of the trail and flow are designed with an XC bike in mind. Rated Easy as a downhill trail it should be a fun challenge for the beginner and a blast for the expert. Note that tree spacing can be a very tight fit for wider bars in some spots.
The trail starts mellow and twisty from the Hwy 66 parking lot and becomes steeper, more physically and technically demanding as it winds its way up the mountain. There are multiple opportunities to pop out on to the Moose Mountain Road
, which parallels Pneuma and offers an easier (if dustier) climb for the higher sections. Joining the road opposite SLF
avoids the hardest section and leads to the many DH trails to the west.
The northern-most section (above Special K
) passes over the high-point of the trail before dropping down a rocky descent to the start of the Moosepackers Trail
. The road to the Fire Lookout on the summit of Moose Mountain provides an easier alternative to this section but it's often busy with hikers so yield the trail.
There are very few man-made technical features, with a few spectacular views thrown in. The vast majority of riders are climbing this trail, so if you're descending, keep an eye out for riders going the opposite way.