This ride combines a couple of steady climbs, a few miles of ripping-fast, winding fire road, and a steeply undulating ATV trail called the Roller Coaster Trail
. Some great ridge-top views and a long riding season make this a great go-to ride close to the heart of Garden Valley.
The soils of this ride are very sandy and quick-draining. Thus, you can start riding using it as soon as the snow melts in the spring (usually early April) and almost immediately after wet weather.
Access this route by turning west off Middlefork Rd. onto Dry Creek Rd. (dirt) about 3.5 miles north of Crouch. Take Dry Creek Rd. through the so-far undeveloped "Silverado Pines" subdivision until you reach a major fork. Turn left onto Silverado Trail, and follow it up the hill until it ends in a cul-de-sac. Park here and start the ride by heading up the BLM Road 6981
fire road leaving the cul-de-sac to the left.
The first half-mile of the ride will warm you up quickly as you make the steady climb up to the ridge between the Easley Creek and Dry Creek drainages. Then, the road levels-out and affords some nice views across the Easley Creek area. This is a good place to go fast if you're into that, but be careful - the turns can be very loose!
At the next major fire road intersection (a T), turn right and get ready to climb some more as the road winds its way toward the summit between Easley Creek and Scriver Creek. At the summit, several roads converge -- take the hard right onto the Roller Coaster Trail
The trail starts out as a fire road following the ridgeline, mostly climbing. However, several short downhills break up the hard work and things start to get more fun. Soon, it deteriorates into an ATV trail, and one final, steep climb puts you on the high point of the entire route. There are some really nice tree-filtered views of Garden Valley from this point.
Now the fun really starts. From the high-point, the trail heads south along the ridge, with a series of steep downhills followed by shorter climbs. If you maintain momentum, very little pedaling is necessary. But this can be tricky due to some very loose, rutted sections of trail. After nearly a mile, the trail levels out for a short section of smooth, mellow path winding through the pines just before it drops you back onto the fire road you started on. Beware that the last drop is VERY steep, but only less than 100 yds long.
Turn left, and watch your speed as you descend back to your car. The sandy road surface will punish those who take the corners too fast!