August 26, 2013
This is a wonderful epic. It rides great in both directions and everyone has their preference. No matter which way you choose, you will start with a major climb and this is one taxing, long-distance ride overall, especially if you don't have a shuttle and have to close the loop on your own. While it's correctly marked intermediate for technical purposes, it requires advanced fitness, or all day and a lot of patience. Most of the trail is pretty smooth and the toughest technical test will be a few of the tighter switchbacks. If you're not sure you're up to the whole thing, still go give it a whirl; climb until you're tired then simply turn back for a superb downhill. This one is hard to beat for scenery. For much of the climb, you'll have splendid views of the rugged Bridger range and once on top, you'll be able to see the Absarokas, Beartooths, Madison and Gallatin ranges as well as a few smaller ranges and many gorgeous valleys. Top recommendation for this trail.