August 5, 2014
Kennerdell offers a nice network of trails for various levels of stamina and technical skill.
Ridge Trail offers the largest rocks and greatest technical challenge, with the hardest being the final descent to the river.
Blunder Trail offers a steep and somewhat rocky descent to the river.
Pipeline Trail offers a long and moderate trip from the trailhead to the river, and the Rock Oak Trail is a similar alternative route. Both are a mixture of singletrack, doubletrack, and gravel.
Window Trail is the real gem, providing a nice view of the valley.
Bear Wallow Trail is often wet, and makes an easier descent than ascent.
Stripmine Trail connects to a nice set of dirt tracks at the top of the mountain.
Fisherman's Cove Trail lets you add another loop if you use the pipeline access road, but takes another steep descent to the river if you don't turn back.
Ascending from the river is arduous no matter what. Pipeline Trail is the gentlest slope with the least technical challenge, but is so long that it's very demanding on the stamina.
The River Trail provides an easy and simple trip on river level, until it becomes rocky and closed to bicycles.
Other trails, such as the Hoh-Ya-Neh and Dennison Run systems are closed to bikes.
For young kids and low confidence beginners, ride the River Trail, and try ascending Pipeline Trail a bit at a time.
For beginners with good confidence, take Pipeline down to Window, return by Rock Oak to the top junction. Then ride Stripmine out to Fisherman's Cove Trail, and follow that until it crosses back over the access road. Take the road back to the main FC trail and return to Stripmine.
For moderately experienced riders, take Ridge Trail from the upper trailhead down to the junction with Window, then ride the length of Window to Pipeline, then use Pipeline to return to the trailhead.
If you want to add a climb and descent, more power to you, just know what you're getting into.