Most people ride this from south to north. It begins with a few easy switchbacks out of the Cusick Creek drainage, then winds through aspens before side-hilling out onto a ridge overlooking town. Look back toward the draw you just rode up and you might see a moose.
From the overlook the trail turns back west across the ridge, winds through the trees in the bottom of the draw again, then kicks out to a few more switchbacks before cresting the ridge at the top. There's a snow drift at the top in the spring, but it's easy to cross on foot.
The downhill begins with a cruise along a sidehill through a few rocky sections, then turns the corner on the ridge where the fun begins. Two tight switchbacks at the top, a handful of rock slides, then on to a series of 9 more switchbacks in short succession. Speed is your friend on the rock slides ... not so much on the switchbacks. Everything is rideable, but few clean it the first time through.
After the switchbacks the trail heads back toward town, alternating through wooded draws and open hillsides. There's one last set of switchbacks near the end. It's a bit steep, and some people are shortcutting straight down the ridge. Please stay on the trail.
There is also a fork here. Left takes you to upper Sullivan's. Stay right to finish out Over The Top.
Just before the end there is one more fork in the trail. Both forks take you to lower Sullivan's. Take the left fork for some really fun bermed corners. I don't know why anyone would take the right fork, but it's there if you want to.
Shared By: TJ Budge