June 20, 2015
I had read the other reviews about the Belcher Trail being a pretty steep climb, and it certainly delivered. A few technical spots on the way up but mostly just steep and rocky (2 - 5 inches in diameter, no pebble). I would definitely recommend starting in the morning when the sun is behind you. The trails are largely uncovered and exposed, so a mid afternoon ride is going to be hot. Remember to wear sunscreen for sure. I joined up with the Longhorn trail for the loop back down. Fun, flat dirt singletrack and also exposed. Pretty steep with big steps going down in some spots. Unfortunately, I blew a tube and had to walk the rest of the way back, but the remainder of Longhorn is flat, fast, and non-technical. A few ups and downs. There is one steep climb after you cross a little stream, but from there it's mostly downhill the whole way back to Belcher. Bring plenty of water on a hot day. If you want a ball buster going up, this is your trail. I will be heading back to check out more of the trail system, and I'll be sure to bring a spare tube or two with me the next time!