Need to Know
Trail system is free. Land is multi-use. Summer there may be livestock. Fall may have hunters. Camping is available across Hwy at the Lodge. Cell coverage is minimal to none for most of this location.
This trail is an improvement of the original Never Sweats trail. Parts of the original are kept or are an optional line. The improved grade makes this a long gradual uphill or a fun long downhill. Starting at the top, the trail has a twisty bermed section through two draws. Leaving the draws you have some some broad views before you descend across open side slopes and through thick pine stands. The trail bed is from 2 feet to 5 feet wide, mostly clay with some rocks.
The slope portion ends in an open meadow where the trail intersects with Rustler
. The trail turns to old two-track for a short bit, veers onto the singletrack before traveling under the transmission lines. The trail rock increases in locations with opportunities for some drops with pass arounds behind the power lines. The trail turns to the west (right) following the signs. There is an option for a side narrow goat trail (rocks, logs and did we say narrow) or the open trail in the meadow.
The trail goes back under the power lines, prepare for a short, steep downhill. Carry speed to ascend the opposite side. Grind up to the trail junction. At the junction sign, catch your breath before a fast long downhill. The trail is singletrack, watch for loose rock. When the trail narrows and has some depth there are some bigger rocks (head sized) to work through. When the trail is out of the trees, there is a junction with the original Never Sweats. Stay right for a fast short rip to the parking lot. Stay center for a fast switchbacking longer ride to the trailhead.
Going left (through the big rocks) is a cow trail that leads off the trail system. Bike trails are marked. The left bike trail is a singletrack (4 foot width) that winds through the pines on a steady down grade with four switchbacks. Mostly clay trail with some rock. Near the bottom, the trail narrows for a 100 feet before passing over the parking area to one more bermed turn and a small rock jump before the gate. Most of the trail is clay. If it is wet, it will be sticky gumbo. The trail can be ridden up, just read the paragraph backwards. It's fun either way.
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