With two creek crossings, some flow, some tech, and a lot of fun descending, this ride provides riders with the full MTB gamut.
Two stream crossings and a steep uphill/downhill are the main hazards of this ride. The downhill/uphill is the first and last section of the trail. The stream crossings are obvious and likely won't be a problem in summer/fall.
From the parking lot off of Dave Wood Road, descend the incredibly steep Lower Spring Creek Trail
. This trail has large loose stones and very tight switchbacks; descend at your own speed!
From the end of the first descent, turn right onto Lower Spring Creek North Connector
. This trail is a newly built (2017) trail that winds its way towards the creek. Descend these switchbacks to Spring Creek itself, which can be a deep (but manageable) crossing in Spring.
From the stream crossing, the trail heads north and enters the Old Spring Canyon Road
. Turn left onto this road and follow it west. Though not incredibly technical, this road does ascend some chunky rock gardens, so save some energy for those.
After avoiding multiple cacti and jackrabbits, the road will dead end and turn into the brand new (2017) Lower Spring Creek South Connector
. This trail is incredibly well-built and winds its way uphill to the highpoint of this ride. From there, the trail then heads east and descends back to Spring Creek. Unlike the other stream crossing, this one is incredibly deep in Spring. Be sure to use the rope that crosses the stream as a brace, and work your way methodically through the freezing water.
After the final stream crossing, the trail switchbacks to Lower Spring Creek Trail
itself. This trail is a blast to descend and allows you to absolutely rip. Watch for loose rocks and blind turns as you make your way down, but mostly this trail is just pure technical bliss. This ride's finale is a hike-a-bike back to the parking lot!
An optional access is by driving up the Spring Canyon Road
- go through 6 cattle gates before coming to a trailhead. Ride a short distance to beginning of loop, as described. As of November, 2019 there are bridges across both creek crossings. Access ramps to the bridges will be added as weather permits.