“A steep and very technical ATV trail with almost no one on it.
— Gregory Gehlhoff
Need to Know
Please ride with caution as this is six of 500 miles of moto/ATV trail in a large area, and as such, maintenance is a bit stretched thin so deadfall is a very real hazard (I cleared 5 of 6 trees on the way up)!
This is part of a moto/ATV network in the Wet Mountains. While some of the trails are moto-lated scree fests, this is not.
Lake San Isabel is the starting point if done as an out-and-back at 8,500 feet. It tops out at 11,088 feet and gains that altitude very quickly after the first 2.5 miles. From that point on, it's various combinations of steep, tech, loam, roots, and flow. This makes for a great deal of hike-a-bike for mortal men. This is a very exciting descent with two rough loose climbs to interrupt the fun. This would be a four or five star trail if not for them.
In hindsight, this would make a great shuttle as the descent burns altitude so fast that the climb was not balanced. That said, it's worth the effort as it rides like a steeper, rougher doubletrack version of Greens Creek off of the Monarch Crest. This is a great chance to hone your line choice skills as they will be tested as well as your ability to hold speed and brake wisely.