Trail I - Ogden Ridge
ElevationAscent: 40' 12 m
Descent: -1,529' -466 m
High: 6,306' 1,922 m
Low: 4,818' 1,468 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A great trail to descend, different than South Fork. Check your brakes!”— Adrian Whitmore
The trail comes off a junction with Trail B Sand Pit, and heads down a decommissioned Forest Service Road. It winds downhill until you reach a barbwire fence and gate that you pass through. Reminder that you must also close the gate, per Wyoming law.
The trail then climbs the Ogden Ridge line, and descends towards a two track, which then filters into a steep singletrack descent.
The trail then pops out on a meadow of aspen trees. Traverse the singletrack through the trees and continue your descent.
This descent becomes tricky and difficult, hence a Black Diamond rating. As you descend down the trail, it turns into loose flat rocks, cactus patches, and dead fall from a previous century wildfire. Due to the loose rocks, the trail is sometimes difficult to spot.
Rock cairns are placed intermittently at critical turns. The trail then enters Trail A Ogden Creek.
There are few carsonite markers, due to the rocky terrain and inability to reach such remote steep terrain. This trail was designed primarily with equestrians in mind.
Disc brakes get very hot, hands cramp, and V Brake riders will likely take a few breaks along the way. It's a fun ride, seldom used, and becomes very remote.
Things to watch out for: Steep rocky terrain, exposures, loose rock, elk, deer, and mountain lions, little signage, and remoteness from nearby access roads.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Sundance Chain Gang MTB Association
Land Manager: USFS - Black Hills National Forest Office