“From the top of Proposal Pass, a flowy, cactus-filled descent pairs with light uphill action in the Enchanted Forest!”
— Andrew Atencia
Spend Spade is one of the most fun trails in the FINS trail system due to its flow down to the southeastern section of FINS. A little treasure of this section of trail is the Enchanted Forest - a slice of trail lined with stuffed animals and critters on the surrounding cacti to add something to look at. Fast and rolling trail with cacti at every corner? Yes please!
Descending from Proposal Pass, you're thrown into a whirlwind of ups and downs, hitting small dips and humps to jump off. The dirt here is probably the most tacky in FINS because no one usually brakes in this flowy section. You then drop off into a steep wash followed by a quick right turn through cacti-lined turns. The lines get tricky, but big 29er tires make quick work of the loose gravel turn.
It then spits you out into the Enchanted Forest with a quick switchback-like uphill. The rest of the trail flows down to the desert lowlands. Take care carrying speed through the carving turns near the end; it is very easy to wash out the front end and slide out. Some sand is present in these sections.