March 13, 2016
I rode this a few times when I lived in Eldora and thought it was a really nice trail through a beautiful section of wilderness. It definitely has loose rocks, and rocky rooty sections like everyone has mentioned, and it is all fun. I've rode it on a hardtail with front suspension, and my all rigid single speed. The rigid 1x1 was more fun for climbing and technical areas, but having the front suspension was nice when I needed speed to get back to my truck to beat a wicked thunderstorm that was chasing me on one ride. (Yes, be prepared for thunderstorms, they come out of no where!)
Not sure if anyone else mentioned it, but the trail actually goes past Brainard Lake all the way to the Buchanan Pass/Camp Dick road at Peaceful Valley. If you have the time to do the full trail, check it out. I don't recall the mileage for the full out & back, but I think it took me around three hours or so which included snack breaks and just enjoying the scenery.