“Four-miles of fast and fun alpine descending!
— Kem Kough
Simply put, Solar Coaster is awesome! You get four-miles of descending that requires no pedaling. You could break a chain and it's unlikely you would get to the bottom much quicker. The speed and flow of the singletrack is a blast for both experts and intermediate riders alike as they race down to the ranch below. Beginners may find themselves overwhelmed by some steeps along the way, but "Bon Ton Roule" (let the good times roll) if you're feeling adventurous. Just keep you fingers at the ready to apply the right amount of braking.
The trail begins with a steep descent for almost half a mile before letting off. At the one-mile mark, the canyon pinches down into some technical sections and some more steeps. There are a few very rideable rock ledges after you pass under the large dead tree that has fallen over the trail, but this will hardly slows experts down because the trail is so fast - this is a local's favorite run to compete for Strava times.
You probably won't have much for company in the way of hikers or uphill bikers. But there could be livestock, so watch out. Near the bottom, the singletrack approaches Nanny Creek
. There are nice aspens and some seasonal stream crossing that won't get you bike muddy. As the grade mellows out, you can enjoy a cool-down coast, or pedal to keep the speed up till you reach the gate at Pequop Ranch.
The ranch is private, but the owner has given permission for mountain bikers to pass through. Just make sure to close any gates you pass through.