May 6, 2013
i rode this under shitty conditions, so i'm sure it's a little better (if it's not horribly eroded and gets about a foot of dirt to cover the nasty spiked rocks EVERYWHERE).
i rode this trail hoping there would be some rhythm and flow, but it's nothing but 6in rocks sticking out of the ground waiting to slash the sidewalls of your tires.
i'm sure it would be better on an all mountain bike or something longer than a 4' travel XC bike.
it's bumpy as hell, so much so that it just wasn't enjoyable.
there's literally no reprieve from the bumps, which makes for an incredible workout climbing up picture rock, but also makes it very frustrating when you're just looking for some fast trail riding and do not want to have to crawl through rock gardens and spikey rocks kicking your rear tire around every which way.
definitely avoid. this trail is WAY WAY WAY overhyped.
the picture rock descent is fun, but you're better off riding to the bottom of the picture rock trailhead and skipping heil ranch altogether.
This trail has NO flow--unless you absolutely rail down it on a loooong travel bike.
It's the equivalent of riding 20 miles on ANNOYING speed bumps.
The people that are raving about this trail are the rock garden lovers and the 150mm travel crowd.
any trail 'flows' if you're fast enough, but you can hardly call it flow when every element of the trail works to slow you to a crawl and force you off your bike.