This is a fantastic weekend ride on a well-built trail with moderate technical challenges and good camping nearby. The trail has a backcountry feel to it and is one of the most fun descents around. There are lots of line options especially towards the bottom. You can also make this into a much longer day if desired by adding a hike to Elkhorn Peak or looping to the north to Tizer Lakes.
This great trail is typically ridden as an out-and-back, making for a nearly 13-mile route. From the start, it's a steady climb to the meadow area near the foot of Elkhorn Peak. You'll pass through dense coniferous forests, and the route is well shaded for the duration. The creek is never far, and you'll enjoy the sounds and potential spot to dip your feet.
After climbing the nearly 2,000 ft. to reach a scenic meadow, you'll come to a nice rest spot. This is a great place to have a snack and turn around. The return descent is one of the best downhills in the state! All of the climbing is rewarded with continuous flow through a well-built trail with various rock features throughout.