July 26, 2009
I rode this trail from the Sourdough trail head off highway 72 to the reservoir. Out and back I figure it was about 24-25 miles. The first 2 or 3 miles are a bit rocky, but totally manageable. It is deceiving because I felt that the decent back would have been awesome, perhaps my expectations were too high. Don't get me wrong, the downhill at the end was fun, but I've had better experiences on different trails. If you continue past Left Hand Canyon Creek and the paved road, there's an interesting downhill. It's difficult to describe - it's not one full section of rock gardens and techy parts, but various large, round rocks placed all of the trail. It makes it difficult to really pin it and enjoy the decent. After reaching a few trail junctions, the decent smoothed out and was more enjoyable, but I was frightened for the climb out. It turns out that the climb wasn't nearly as bad as anticipated, but I hesitate to say that the decent to the reservoir was worth it. It was a pretty view, but the work to get out...meh. There are better epic rides out there (Kenosha Pass, Buffalo Creek, Monarch Crest, etc). With that said, I would do this trail again. It's always nice to spice up a routine of weekend rides.
Kenosha Pass, Buffalo Creek