“A brutal ride that takes you through the beautiful Devils' Garden area!”
— Christopher Bare
This trail can be accessed in two ways. Both are remote and require a bit of biking. Riding from north to south requires you to access this trail from the difficult Tadpole Ridge Trail #232
. Otherwise, you can access this trail from the north via Bear Creek Road
People wanting to ride the relatively popular Devil's Garden out-and-back ride will typically access this trail from Bear Creek Road
. This trail is a mixture of ATV trail along the southern sections and rocky, technical, and steep singletrack along the northern sections. Parts of the southern sections are frequently maintained by a mountain man who lives in the general area around Devil's Garden. If you run into him while out biking, he is friendly and if he's not too busy working on his land or tending to his garden, he will be more than happy to talk with you.
Devil's Garden is an area of land that is accented by tall rock formations created by ancient volcanic activity to the west of the trail. The "Garden" is approximately half way along the trail.
Another common route involves accessing the trail via Bear Creek Road
and riding through the garden, then turning around for an out-and-back. The out-and-back is approximately 20 miles long and can be done in 3-4 hours. This is probably the least demanding route as long as the water levels in Bear Creek are low enough not to interfere with the multiple creek crossings that you'll encounter along Bear Creek Road
This is a common alternative path for CDT hikers as it generally offers more water than the traditional way of hiking through this area via the CDT. Therefore, it is possible that you may run into people hiking this trail during the warmer months of the year.