Upper Raven, or Upper Geriatrics as it's know locally, was expanded in 2017 and now completes a loop of sorts. The singletrack can be ridden in either direction and can also be entered at two different spots from Lower Raven #121 (Lower Geriatrics)
If you start with the southern end, you'll go through a steady climb all the way to the top. Riders will be rewarded with some fast and tight descents after crossing over Fuel Road
. Many local's prefer to approach from the north (as mapped). After turning onto the trail you'll go through a steeper climb that culminates with a good lung buster at the top. Head over Fuel Road
to enjoy a nice descent with a few bursts of climbing sprinkled in for good fun. As you descend, it gets faster. Once you near the end you'll cross over Fuel Road
again before ending at Lower Raven #121 (Lower Geriatrics)
If you did ride this counter-clockwise turn to the left at the end would complete a loop back to where you started. This is fun and flowy in sections with some fast descents and good short climbs as well. Turning to the right will quickly head down past the pedestrian-only Fitness Trail #90 to end at the parking area. It's fast and a little rocky/technical in places. Hang on and enjoy the ride!
If it's your first time riding the trail take a few moments to enjoy the views as you reach the top as it has some of the best views of Sierra Blanca. Enjoy!