“A great rocky and fun trail that leads to one of the oldest trees in the U.S.
— Colton Packard
Starting from the Wood Camp Parking lot, the climbing is quite rocky at the beginning, getting marginally tougher near the top. The scenery and surroundings are amazing all the way to the top. If youre looking to see wildlife, this is the spot. The incline stays constant throughout the trail with several switchback sections in between meadows.
Near the top there is a sign pointing two directions labeled with the Scenic Route or the Shady Route. The shady route is smooth, and fast, while the Scenic is like the rest of the trail. They both lead to the same place, so you have the option to make it a loop, or stick to one trail. Once you reach the point where the trails meet and the path takes off down the mountain, youve reached the top.
The trail from here on is on a hiking trail that leads down to Jardine Juniper, the oldest Juniper tree in the U.S. This short hike makes for a beautiful view looking down into the canyon, and a nice bench/deck area at the base of the tree - perfect for a lunch break.
Descending this trail is very fast and fun. Rocks, roots, and ruts make for a fun time picking lines and maneuvering the bike. The first meadow after the switchbacks has high bushes, and a few ruts. Be careful not to blow out a turn, or fall to the mercy of the ruts as the high bushes make visibility low. Depending on the time of year, the river near the bottom that you have to cross through may be high and flowing fast. Try to carry your momentum and make it through without steeping a foot in. The lower section has a few real rocky spots, and then becomes basic, all the way back to the parking lot.
Trail description and GPS provided by sunrisecyclery.net