Starting at the Cedar Chopper Loop
trailhead, you'll take the east portion of Cedar Chopper Loop
to Dogleg Canyon
. Cedar Chopper is relatively easy but still fairly technical. You'll eventually see a Dogleg Canyon
sign so take the right to start a super fun descent.
The first descent brings you to the mouth of a small canyon overlook which is pretty neat. Then you'll start a short climb to get to the top of the second descent. The second descent ends with several switchbacks and spits you out on to the River Trail
The River Trail
is super flowy and easy though you'll need to dismount at one point to walk over the mouth of Gorman Cave. Use the handline and you'll be fine. Note you can't enter the cave. The cave is a bat preserve and is caged shut. At the end of the River Trail
, you'll climb up a super steep, but short, grade to Old Gorman Road Trail
Old Gorman Road Trail
is a steep, rocky, grueling climb so get ready to hunker down and get it done. Once you make it to the top, you'll be glad to see a bench and you might want to stop and take a rest.
Ride Cedar Chopper for a quick second towards Tinaja Trail
. Tinaja is very challenging. In the beginning, you'll ride along some rock faces knocking out multiple steep climbs. At the top of these climbs is a very tough technical section that overlooks a valley. Eventually, you'll come to a point where you'll descend to the Tinaja bowl. You'll do some more climbing and before you know it you'll do some very fun, technical descending to the parks maintenance road where you'll cross to enter Gorman Falls Trail
Gorman Falls Trail
is probably the most technical trail in the sense that the rocks don't let up. At least on other trails in the park you have sections that let up but the Gorman Falls Trail
is relentlessly rocky and challenging. Be sure to stay on the trail and follow the signs for the bikes-only trail.
There are two spurs that lead you down to Gorman Falls but those are hiking-only
trails. Note this is the most popular trail in the park because it is the only hiking trail from the trailhead to Gorman Falls which is the parks main attraction. Look out for hikers. Once you finish, cross the trailhead parking lot to the Gorman-Windmill Connection
From here on out it is pretty simple. Gorman-Windmill Connection
is fun and technical and will take you to Lively Loop
which is a grueling technical jeep road climb to Lemons Ridge Pass
. Lemons Ridge Pass
has some climbing, some technical, and some really fun flow sections back to Cedar Chopper Loop