Ride through prime moose and bighorn sheep viewing territory on this fun Red Feather Lakes journey. Although the trails here are really designed for motos, this is still a great outing.
Be ready for the long, sustained Killpecker Trail (#956)
descent, it's a challenge!
Keep an eye (ear?) out for motos.
The trail is relatively level at the beginning then ascends along North Lone Pine Creek. It passes a Forest Service experimental station plot, crosses the stream twice, and junctions with two old logging roads near some clear cuts before skirting east of North Bald Mountain and Middle Bald Mountain.
Most of the trail is in a mixed forest of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and aspen. There are views of Red Feather Lakes and South Bald Mountain before the trail ends at Forest Road 517.
From Forest Road 517, turn right and you'll find Killpecker Trail (#956)
very shortly thereafter on your right. The Killpecker descent is extremely rocky and very technical in parts. You drop into 3 or 4 rock gardens that will test your ability to pick a line and crawl through it while keeping your balance. The fast parts still have baby heads all over the place and will eat up your rims if you choose a bad line or go in too fast.
Once at the bottom of Killpecker Trail (#956)
, turn right and head back to the North Lone Pine Trail (#953)