A great ride that hits all the best of Catamount.
Depart the TH located immediately off Edlowe Rd. An initial series of tight downhill switchbacks leads to the first small climb. The ascent has several "challenging" switchbacks (made more difficulty when the trails are very dry) that leads to the Elder-Fehn Trail
(straight ahead)- Vayhinger Trail
(left turn) intersection. This is an excellent "waypoint" easy identified since there is a large all-weather map located at this junction.
Proceed straight ahead quickly arriving at the very steep segment leading to the Elder-Fehn Trail
"lollipop". Tackle this loop counter-clockwise (recommended) and return to the Elder-Fehn Trail
- Vayhinger Trail
Take the right turn onto Vayhinger Trail
and enjoy a flowy downhill that eventually bring some you down to the head of the North Reservoir (which will be to you left).
Refuel here and get a drink since the long climb up to Raspberry Mountain Saddle is next.
After refueling, take a right and wind your way on a gentle doubletrack grade that slowly narrows into a single path that begins the climb.
At the top of Raspberry Mountain Saddle make a small dog-leg to the left and begin a fast descent along the Raspberry Mountain Trail (watch for hikers and dogs here!) This segment of the trail is extremely wide. Watch your speed since a sharp left hand turn will bring you across a small stream crossing and into the trees. Shortly after the stream crossing you'll encounter a short technical uphill section. After this short hill look for the left turn deviating off of Raspberry Mountain Trail (a NFS Trail Marker points in the direction for hiker traffic returning on the Raspberry Mountain Trail).
Take a left and begin the approach to a short but ever-steepening hill climb. At the top prepare for the long downhill section returning to the open space around the reservoirs.
The downhill begins in ernest with several very steep sections along a small waterfall and beyond. Eventually the descent becomes flowy with two built-up log obstacles (rideable) and two small timber bridges. Keep your eyes peeled for a series of sticks on the left marking the short connector trail returning you to the 4x4 doubletrack. Go right now and enjoy the fast, easy rolling doubletrack leading to North Limber Pine Trail
on the left (signed with trail marker). Make this final climb and return to Edlowe Rd.