This route has nice hand-dug singletrack but also flowy two track. Good trail to build confidence.
Need to Know
There may be livestock here in the summer. Be courteous, these moms and babies scare easy. If you weighed 1,000 lbs, would you want to run from someone on a bike?
From the trailhead, go right on the Never Sweat
trail. Remember to breath on this uphill stretch. Keep eyes open for fossils in the dirt of the trail (belemnites).
After the short flat, there is a steep pitch up. See how far you can make it. Continue to the trail sign under the powerlines. At this junction, stay to the left on the two track and continue climbing. The trail joins Breakneck
to the "Hub." Follow Breakneck
straight up hill. It's a grind but you can do it!
At the junction (trail sign 22), take the left singletrack (Hog Pen
). This pleasant singletrack winds through the pine and a meadow. This meadow is full of flowers in the summer. You can smell the horse mint (bee balm) in July. It is very nice. Control your speed on the downhill, there is a sharp turn at the bottom. Here, you pop out into another meadow. In the middle of this meadow is a shallow pond. It is used by elk as a wallow. Hence the name Hog Pen
. Take the trail to the left, it changes into two track. Enjoy the rolling, gentle downhill.
Continue on to Upcast
. But you're going to be riding down it. There are rollers and bermed turns. Weather you jump off the rollers or just roll them it is still fun! When you go under the low tree and break out in to the next meadow, take the turn to the right. This is Jumbo
is a good singletrack. Stay to the left at the fork, coming out to a two track. You'll only be on it a short bit then bomb straight into Salt Creek
. Maintain as much speed as you can to climb the first hill. Salt Creek
is like Jumbo
, more singletrack. It has some exposed rock but not bad. As you come out to the open, follow the trail right, then hang left on to Founder
. This segment of Founder
is called Skunk by the builder. His dogs found a dead skunk while he was digging. He took the skunk away and had to hang it in tree branches to keep the dogs from playing with it. The trail segment stunk like skunk for weeks.
back toward the trailhead. Under the power lines, veer right onto the Calf
singletrack. Staying on the singletrack, bomb back to the trailhead. If you're good, you'll try the skinny by the gate.
History & Background
There is a broken-down wood outhouse towards the end of this route; it was part of the golf course that was here. Yes, in the early 1920's or so, there was a golf course where there is now trees.
Shared By: Jeremy Dedic