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Honey Creek Loop B

Intermediate
 2.5 (2)

An interesting mix of doubletrack punctuated with some serious climbs and descents.


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5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Doubletrack

1,078' 329 m

High

855' 261 m

Low

357' 109 m

Up

562' 171 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

This area is closed to bikes during fall deer hunting season.

Description

Call me crazy, but I kinda liked this multi use trail. Sure, it has road-width corridor. Yes, it's a bit bumpy from the horses. However, going in the direction I did, there was a lot of fun to be had. One can go in the opposite direction and have almost as much fun. Except at the end. More on that later.

Where the trail begins, there are two different routes. Go left to follow the map. But right will work, too. The B Loop, according to the well marked carsonite signage, doubles back on itself where it ends on this map. Signs on the ground make it a figure 8 kind of loop. Which brings one back to this split at the start of the trail. That portion will be added in the future as a connector trail.

The opening section is, actually, the longest overall downhill that I know of here. It's a really nice section that runs all the way to the gravel road on the west side. The steeper sections aren't crazy steep like elsewhere at Honey Creek. It makes for a nice speedy descent with a little length to it.

When you get to the gate and parking spot at the road, there is a connector trail going uphill to the right that links up with Loop A. Note that this connector is also the end of a crazy, steep, wide, and laden-with-rock downhill if one runs the A Loop counterclockwise to this point. It would be one of the longest stretches of chunky goodness here. For now, jump on the gravel road and turn left for a couple hundred feet. At the next parking lot, turn left.

One heads east a bit on a very gentle climb. Then, the trail turns south and hits you with a super steep climb full of chunky rocks and nonsense. It would be really fun in reverse to ride to the road. Once you reach the top of the climb, the reward is a longer coast down toward another gravel road. Just before the road, the trail turns right for some rolling terrain before another extended climb. It isn't as bad as the last one, but you won't forget it. It's worth traveling this direction because of the last little bit.

The last section that take one back down to the road on the west side is one of the sketchiest downhills here. It is chocker-block full of rocks. Most are buried, but it seems that just as many are loose. And it is really steep. This downhill, and a couple of other climbs are what give this trail its intermediate rating. Overall, it's a beginner trail. But the grade combined with the rock make these climbs and descents advanced level. Thus, the intermediate rating.

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Lee Clark

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