Typically the Crack Trail is accessed from Voo Doo Rocks
trail or the Dam Connector Trail
. Crack trail proves a wonderful addition to any ride in this beautiful forest.
The riding is mostly fast with twisty turns and short stretches of mild rock garden. The crux is the namesake crack section, which takes you inside a narrow gap between boulders leading to a turn and then a drop for the exit. This was renovated in 2014 making it much easier to ride. A ladder bridge was installed elevating the rider just enough to make handlebar clearance issues a thing of the past. Also, one now exits on a ladder descent instead of negotiating the drop. These changes are much appreciated, especially for the races that routinely use this trail as the crack would cause rider log jams breaking flow and preventing those that wanted to ride it from being able to do so.
After the crack, the fun continues all the way down to a stream crossing where a left-hand turn takes the rider onto a wide section of trail. Theres no free lunch. You had your fun, now it will be time to pay it back with an ascent to the Race Loop
trail. None of the climbs at Big Bear are really that bad, so youll find yourself at the top without too much trouble. Most riders will turn right at the top and use Race Loop
trail to head out to the Pine area.