“This is the end of Comanche Trail or the beginning -depending on where you start.”
— Glenn Ladehoff
Starting on the South end of Comanche, you have two trailheads to pick from: the Mesquite campground parking (has a restroom) or the Park Road trailhead. Most people will ride from Comanche Trail Mid
and finish with this section or will connect using another trail.
From Comanche Trail Mid
, you turn left onto Rock Garden Trail
for a short distance before turning right onto Comanche Trail South. It is a reprieve from the Mid trail with quite a bit of contour riding and just a handful of short punchy climbs. Once you leave the Rock Garden Trail
, Comanche takes on a different feel and you can finally let loose a little and have some fun. It's all fun, but the south stretch is way more playful than the Mid. You'll notice that the ups are accompanied by longer downs and eventually you'll be starting the bottom of the canyon in the face on several exposed switchbacks. Use your brakes and get your weight over your back wheel. No skidding.
From the Park road or Mesquite Campground, the trail has a nice gentle flow but don't let that fool you, it's about to go up. Straight up. It's a leg breaker with some sections that might need to be walked do to loose dirt and gravel. Stick with it because it is worth a little hike-a-bike. It is rideable.
There are a few punchy climbs that give way to some incredible contour riding and you'll be glad you stuck with this trail, and then you get to Rock Garden Trail
up, down or continue onto Comanche Trail Mid
. Take a left on Rock Garden Trail
for a short way until you see the Comanche Trail sign.