June 23, 2015
Rode the entire Poto today for the first time. Great ride. As a XC ride I would give it 5 stars. It has good length and very nice flow. There is nothing very big here or very techy, but it is still a very fun ride. The faster you ride it, the better the flow. It is pretty much a constant little rollercoaster. All in all, a nice ride.
Also, I was very impressed with the condition of the trail. The area got some big rain the day before, and that was after many big rains for some time now. But the trail was just fine.
Also it is worth noting for first time riders that the trail is very well marked. Make sure you get a trail map at the pay station as you enter the recreation area. The map is helpful. The "trick" to navigating the trail is to ride from numbered intersection to numbered intersection. Both are well-marked on the ground and on the map. Not all intersections are marked, but if you take note of the numbered intersections as you go, you should be fine. Plus, you cross a few paved roads and dirt roads which are also shown on the map. So all in all it is very easy to navigate this trail. There is only one or two places where it is not immediately clear where to go. But it just takes a moment and you will find a marker and find yourself on course.