October 12, 2011
Fresh review here. The ride today was awesome. By far my favorite trail in the area. The trail starts off with mostly climbing at first. Lots of switchbacks and climbs, but many following well-worth it descents. Beautiful scenery as well. I love the layout. To me, the second part (after you go down by the road and turn right out in the open) is the best part of this trail. The only thing you could hear was the sound of my brakes and sliding tires shredding the dirt. Not a wide trail at all, about a foot or so on average. Nice jumps and quick turns. Here are a few tips to keep those newbies alive on some of the craziness.
-Keep a good momentum. Don't rob yourself by trying to stay in "granny gear" for all the climbs. If you keep your momentum, the downhill will treat you even better going up.
- Don't try to blow through or go too fast, unless you've done this trail a bit and know it. There are tight technical areas that can bite you and things sneak up quick. Things such as: tight trees, lateral slope in the trail, jumps followed by quick turn, steep descents with turns you get the idea.
- Have good brakes, you'll be using them. Know when to ride something out and when to use them. Don't brake for the wild turkeys, they will move.
- If you see a tree up ahead that looks like it's in the trail, be cautious, you'll have a quick turn coming up.
- Use body english, this helps whip those turns and it's more fun. But, watch your shoulders in a few places, some are tight.
I have new photos to throw up on the site. I marked this one as "Technical Challenge" only because you can't blow through it like at Swanson or Tranquility and well, it is more technical anyway. Overall, try it out and don't sell out if you have trouble at the beginning, it's worth it. Take care and I hope this helps for the new ones out there.* Review edited 4/9/2012* Review edited 4/9/2012
Lewis & Clark, close to this but not as hard.