The Red Ledges Trail (019) connects from the Robertson Pasture Trail
to Aspen Flat Trail (018)
and is intersected in the middle by the Red Ledges Access Trail (160)
. The trail can be traveled in either direction, though it would be a very difficult climb.
From the upper end, the trail descends steeply as it passes in and out of the trees. Just past the half mile mark, the trail begins a steady climb that leap frogs between meadow and forest as it crosses a low ridgeline. There's plenty of opportunity to enjoy the views while ascending along narrow singletrack. Though a few tight spots and a series of drainages will require you to focus on the trail.
At the one-mile mark, the trail switches gears and begins to descend over rolling terrain. This ridge of the mountain gets noticeably rockier, including some scree fields. Just after a small clearing, a punchy dip feeds into a tricky root obstacle in a section that is often rutted, so a little hike-a-biking isn't out of the question.
Up next, the trail heads toward the valley by means of rocky switchbacks separated by steep segments. The turns can be a bit awkward and things are generally challenging. Roughly half way through this section, the Red Ledges Access Trail (160)
makes its appearance. A final series of switchbacks feeds into a more gradual descent along a stream.
Pretty soon, the trail reaches its low spot before heading into a climb. The same stream you've been following may be back-flowed here, creating a large muddy bog. A more easily-traveled, user-built go-around avoids the worst of it.
The next third of a mile is a very steep calf-killing ascent through thick trees. This heartfelt climb may feel better as a hike-a-bike in sections. Fortunately, the last mile of the trail features a mild pedal up to the intersection with Aspen Flat Trail (018)