July 20, 2016
This is a long and beautiful ride, but definitely not a 5 star for me. The top 10 miles are excellent -- continually challenging, interesting scenery, and wonderfully varied.
The bottom half is something else. It is certainly nice trail through beautiful northwestern forest. However, it gets quite monotonous. Unrideable bridges are far too frequent and the trail gets repetitive. Pedal a few strokes, them bob and weave between a few trees, then pedal a few more, and slow down to bob and weave again--repeat about a thousand times. It's nice for a while, but I found myself wanting it to end long before it did. The trail also crosses many roads, merges with a dirt road for a long stretch and then on the lower section, parallels very closely to, and actually emerges onto, a busy highway.
The other drawback is that the best downhill stretch is a segment hugely popular with hikers, so forget getting any flow going here.