“A less-good alternative to the Mad Creek Trail.”
— Nick Wilder
From the Mad Creek Trail
, go back down the road a quarter mile and look for a dirt road heading east and uphill. There are confusing private property signs here, but the road is the correct public access point (just don't go off it). Pass two cattle gates and leave them closed behind you.
Past the gates, follow the road up a steep, steady, hot, and exposed climb. It's smooth, so just grind it out and it gets prettier and easier as you get near the top. Pass through a beautiful meadow, then through a pass and down the other side in to Mad Creek. This second section is more lush and more enjoyable riding. You'll end with a bridge crossing that connects to the Mad Creek Trail