Though this trail comes in as a Black Diamond
, the most technical/difficult sections can be bypassed or taken slowly enough that they lose their bite. Typically there are a few riders at this park. The loop runs one way and has lots of options and ride-arounds for technical features. Lots of great rock gardens and berms throughout.
To find the start from the MTB parking lot, head down to where you drove in. Go up the road to the upper parking lot and pass the camper parking. Look for The Gorge
trail that heads back into the woods, and you'll find good trail signage.
Once you're on the trail, you find an initial section of uphill. From there, the trail goes through some nice rollers and berms as it carves through both sides of the gorge.
Jump off on the first technical section Bouldergeist
, and then reconnect with The Gorge
which flows directly into the Gatewood
trail, which represents more of the same.
picks up where Gatewood
leaves off. The trail flows well and has some jumps that if taken slowly are quite moderate.
There are two short technical spots that you can walk your bike through. Skydive is a steep drop that can be handled with relative ease. The other is the Ledges area that consists of ledgy (surprise) rock formations that can be bypassed with a steep climb to the left.
Most of the uphills are pretty even and relatively comfortable except for one climb near the end that can be a bit vigorous.
As Gold Rush
ends, you can jump on The Gauntlet
. This section mostly consists of navigating some rock gardens. This is one of the less difficult technical sections.
As soon as The Gauntlet
ends, you are soon on the main trail where you can peel off onto the Free Fall
If you are not a technical rock hopper, this could be the longest 0.8 miles of your life. The trail weaves back and forth through boulders and other rock features. There are various named features (The Jaw, Chia-head, Dragon's Back, etc) that would be painful to fail on.
will spit you out on the Owl Hollow
, which starts with some tight turning in a thick pine forest then soon gives you a lot of speed and good overlooks of the lake. As long as you ride the brakes, there is nothing too technical, but you'll miss out on a lot of the fun.
Turn off on another short technical rock garden called the Rock Nest Monster
Enjoy a river crossing and you come in to the Slick Rock
trail.This Slick Rock
trail starts as you'd expect with a slick rock section. Like most trails at San Lee, there is an easier and harder start. Pay attention to the signs.
The trail trends uphill with some nice rolling sections and tricky work on rocky terrain. The trail designers really squeezed a lot into this small area. Enjoy cutting through the Twin Peaks rock formation. The trail ends at the Gravity Park
At the Gravity Park
, you have various options to head down with the potential to take huge jumps and fly around big berms.
After finishing at the Gravity Park
, make your way down to a rocky creek crossing and arrive at Dragons Tail
. Splash through the creek and switchback your way uphill. Stay left as you pass the Bailout to MTB Parking Lot
and continue through some rolling switchbacks that eventually drop you off near the entrance to the park. Head back to the parking lot.