“A rugged time machine of human efforts and old-school, hands-on construction.
— Joseph States
Dedication Point Grade Trail goes through a highly sensitive area for nesting prairie falcons in February through July. Please keep an eye out for any signage or restrictions and heed any signage in the area to prevent damage or conflict that could affect our trail use in the future.
(The best time to ride this area is in winter anyway.)
Starting at the top, you have all the luxuries of trashcans and vault toilets at the parking area.
From there, enjoy a well-manicured trail to the canyon rim for a great view. Next, head south along the canyon rim but not too close to the edge (a helmet will not be enough if you go over).
Along the way, you'll come to an area that is supposedly a vortex that a concentrated flow of the earth's energy flows up out of. If you are into that stuff, stop and visit while you get a full charge. For the rest of us, it is a neat looking ring of rocks.
After about a mile, you'll find yourself at the rim and the top of the hand-built grade that originally provided access to build Swan Falls Dam. There is enough debris from falling rocks on the grade that it is a singletrack for the most part. The old grade road cut south as soon as it leaves the canyon wall but the trail heads west-northwest to a parking area.
Ride it both ways, include it in a loop, or even get a friend to shuttle you back. Anyway you do it you'll be glad you did.