September 2, 2013
Fairly new to MTB riding, so whenever I go out for a ride, I try out new trails.
Dawson Butte is a nice ride overall. A few areas with soft sand, some in tight hairpin turns, but nothing that a beginner cannot handle since you need to go slow around the hairpins anyway! :)
Rode 2 laps, first in a counter-clockwise direction and the second the reverse.
All in all, I would say that neither direction has any benefit or detractors. You will have uphill sections and downhill sections either way.
Make sure you have plenty of water, as the open areas allow the sun to cook you!
Total time for my ride was 1hr, 8 min. That includes a number of stops for horse traffic or hikers/walkers.