October 22, 2015
Tale of two loops. The top Sope Creek loop is usually tacky to dry and a relatively moderate slope, not a lot of technical riding besides a hairpin rooted turn that can drop the best of riders if not paying attention. The lower Cochran loop has a lot more elevation, it's a long climb and downhill in either direction, either a flowing downhill (clockwise) or a pretty aggressive downhill (counter-clockwise), not for beginners, it also takes twice as long to dry out, hence a lot more rutted areas... try not to ride here if it's rained in 24hrs (the rangers can't close the trail to traffic). The park system is extensive, lots of users any day of the week. It would be great if the park system would allow a new lower beginner trail to be built, definitely enough space to build a mosquito flats/bites style trail, so many families with kids go to this park.
GIHP Steeplechase Loop