This trail offers a longer option in this area for the more adventurous riders. From its beginning at Rip and Tear
, this trail follows an old FS road grade for just under a half mile, where the Mine Shaft
Connector trail intersects with it. After that, the trail turns to singletrack for all but a couple of short sections of its length. While the overall elevation drop favors riding N to S, there is a significant up and down to the trail, where just enough short climbs mixed in along the way remind you that you are still mountain biking. The fun built into the downhill sections, however, more than makes up for the strenuous climbing. Many of the same features found elsewhere in this system can be found on this trail, including high banked switchbacks and jumps that adorn this trail as well. The only difference with other features and those on this trail is that here, they're bigger and there are more of them.
The trail runs over no less than five ridges and the creek drainages between them, giving constant changes to the elevation profile. You'll find yourself crossing a couple of FS roads and intersecting with a couple other trails along the way. These other trails and roads give riders bail-out points or a different route option if they chose.
Ridden all the way to the end, this trail brings riders back to highway 75, and a 2+ mile ride up the asphalt back to the lodge. Crossing the highway and riding the Harriman Trail
back up to the lodge is another option. Or riders can pedal up the highway to FS road 200, take it until it meets the Pioneer Cemetery Loop
and follow the signs back towards the lodge.