Take the Ridge Trail
all the way from trailhead to River Trail
. Follow the river to Pipeline Trail
and ascend back to the ridge. Instead of following Pipeline Trail
in its most boring and soggy section, take the Window Trail
until it rejoins Pipeline Trail
. Take Pipeline Trail
back to the trailhead.
Covers the major trails in this section.
Trails weren't originally designed for mountain bikes, so obstructions and flow are what they are. You'll need to choose lines carefully and move more slowly than on more engineered MTB trail systems. Some short bits will require a short hike from most riders. Expert sections are the way they are due to less modification, not a deliberate feature that needs only confidence. On the other hand, visibility is good compared to some mountain bike trails, so no unexpected features take you by surprise.
Horses are also major trail users. When encountering equestrians, dismount and say hello. The horse will recognize a person on foot better than a cyclist. Talk with the riders about what they need in order to pass safely. Moving the bike off trail is an option.
is rocky and technically challenging, but fun when you have some confidence. It starts out reasonable, and then takes a steep descent with an expert level ascent immediately following. (Most riders will need to carry here at some point.) Another descent is less steep but very rocky.
After crossing Blunder Trail, it features a low grade, rocky, slightly soggy ascent, until cresting the ridge and descending to join the Pipeline Trail
. Continue on Ridge Trail
down the mountain through another challenging rocky descent all the way to the River Trail
. Connect with the Pipeline Trail
again and climb back to the ridge on a long, relatively smooth, consistent ascent that will challenge your endurance.
is the scenic gem of this trail group. It serves as a nice break before ascending again when you rejoin Pipeline Trail
. Pipeline Trail
connects back to the trailhead, offering a variety of surfaces and a moderate rocky ascent before becoming a gravel access road.