This trail is typically ridden south to north and helps make the Rusty Shovel
Trail a true loop rather than a lollipop. However, it is also a fun trail to do north to south as well. Either way, this a fun XC-type trail that most intermediates will enjoy.
To access Mighty McLeod, head east from the BLM parking lot about 1/4 mile. Take the obvious singletrack veering left (northeast). This is also the access to Rusty Shovel
. After 25 yards or so, the trail will fork, go left here to get on Mighty McLeod. Continuing straight would take you on Rusty Shovel
. If you finish the whole Rusty Shovel
loop, you'll be returning to this spot.
Mighty McLeod begins with a fun, twisty downhill that ends all too quickly near the bottom of a dry creek bed. Follow the faint, at times, trail and the scattered rock cairns as it twists and turns heading northeast. The trail seems to end at a doubletrack. Head right and up the hill on the doubletrack here. Follow it for maybe 50 yards and then take the first singletrack to your right. Now you're on Rusty Shovel
for just a short bit. Follow this singletrack for about 1/4 mile staying left at the first trail fork (right will bring you back to the gravel road) and then left again at the second singletrack. Now you're back on Mighty McLeod.
Drop over a fun rock feature, and from here the trail is easy to follow. It gets technical in bits and pieces to keep strong riders interested. Return to the Rusty Shovel
and take a left or continue your ride or go right to loop back to where you started.