“A thrilling and technical trail bisecting the middle of the White Ridge Trail Network.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
Central Spine is a challenging and exciting trail that connects the south and north ends of the White Ridge System. It is best ridden from south to north to take advantage of the technical descent along a knife-edge ridge.
From the main parking area, access Central Spine from the connector trail past Dragon's Back to intersection 22. Drop your saddle and turn left. The wild descent begins immediately down the unique gypsum soils. There is some exposure to the left and a ridge to your right.
The first descent rolls out into a slight incline. Pedal along the ridge to the next downhill, a very technical section with significant drops. It's a good idea to scout the landings and transitions before dropping in. The last part is an extremely steep and extended run down to the valley floor.
The northern section of Central Spine climbs up steadily from the valley to intersection 12. The singletrack eventually widens to doubletrack.
At the northern end, stay right to loop back via Good Times
or left to access to the far end of Dragon's Back.