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added by mudhunny Singletrack on June 27, 2004
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This trail network is typical of what Colorado has to offer... a technical granny gear ascent up 1800+ ft on the Maverick trail with spectacular views of the surrounding Rocky mountains and wildlife. The downhills can get pretty gnarly as well with lots of rocks and log dropoffs. We didn't get to ride the entire network because we got caught in a thunderstorm, luckily we hid out in a cave on the Mustang trail until the storm passed. Pick up a map at the parking lot as there are several trails to explore!
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Ash Bobye on May 10, 2014
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Review: This was a great trail! I underestimated it as my first trail but I managed. My friend, however, had a harder time. The downhill definitely made the climb worth it.

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paul304 on April 30, 2014
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Review: The climb up Belcher Hill isn't very fun but it's well worth the downhill. We rode up Belcher Hill down Mustang. We wanted to continue down Mustang but it's still closed due to flood damage at the intersection of Mustang and Sawmill, so we were forced to go down Sawmill. The portion of Mustang we were able to was good downhill single track technical. Sawmill was single track for a bit then turned into a road. Wish we could have done Mustang all the way down because Sawmill was a lame road. Once it linked back up to Belcher we road down to Maverick took that to Longhorn then to Whippletree back to Belcher then to the parking lot. This section was very fast single track downhill with some decent technical sections. I could do without all the flood logs but it's the price you have to pay sometimes. Overall awesome ride, I plan on doing this one many more times. I highly recommend this trail system.

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delphinide on August 11, 2013
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Review: Open, and in good shape. Belcher is a little sandy in places on the climb. A few rattlers out. Love this trail!!!

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jkey6 on June 24, 2013
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Review: Belcher Hill is a really challenging climb because of all the loose rock that can be very frustrating on a bad day and the altitude makes for a hard ride. I was thinking I would be rewarded with some excellent downhill after close to 2,000 feet of climbing, but when I rode Mustang back down I was really disappointed by all the wooden retention bars placed all over the trail. This was clearly not designed with mountain bikers in mind. Without all the 2x4's in the trail it could have been really awesome. I took Belcher back up to Maverick, which was by far the best segment, and then down Longhorn which was plagued by all the wooden planks in the middle of the trail which made a good 1/3 of the segment unrideable for me. Then you have to hike your bike out from the bottom of Longhorn. Overall I might go back to White Ranch if I'm feeling particularly cocky, but it really made me curse a lot more than the other trails on the front range. But seriously, why is this the only trail around that has a ridiculous amount of wooden planks as part of the construction? This place could be so much better.

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JFahringer on February 5, 2013
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Review: Pretty sweet ride, there was snow on about a 1/3 of the trail (shady areas and one whole section of the rawhide trail) but it was still manageable. I think I made the mistake of riding the whole thing counter clockwise, I just turned right every time I could. There was 2 sections where I had to walk pretty much the entire climb, it was either to snow covered/muddy to get a good run at it or just to steep and technical. Next time ill definitely, do it clockwise.

Similar Trail: apex, mt falcon

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stillfat on August 24, 2012
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Review: Just rode this for the first time in over a year. Is it just me, or does it seem like the trail pixies have been at work rearranging rocks, putting the troublesome ones off to the side while putting the friendly ones into opportune spots? Either way, still the best close-in to Denver ride.

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Bluenote4 on August 9, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail last night and like my friend says "the juice is worth the squeeze" as far as the climbs go. Wishing I had a duel suspension bike for the ride down Longhorn--I hear Shorthorn is even more fun. We rode up the main climb --> Maverick-->Longhorn. We also got stuck riding about 1/3 of the trail in the dark for our first night ride. Definitely a great trail and would be even more fun in the day!

Similar Trail: Heil Ranch

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sniswend on May 11, 2012
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Review: Lots of climbing with short down hill sections, on the route I took. Not to impressed with my first visit but will come back another time and try another loop.

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tmoney149 on April 14, 2012
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Review: grueling climb up belcher hill, keep taking it up until you get to rawhide, dont take the short cut, rawhide has some awesome single track, then hook into longview which is also about 45 mins of awesome downhill. all the climbing in the beggining is worth it when you get to the back side of this trail system

* Review edited 4/16/2012

Similar Trail: heil ranch

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davefourtwenty on October 24, 2011
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Review: Love this trail. Has a little something for everyone though there is no real super technical stuff here. Like most reviews on singletracks I think people overstate the difficulty of the trail. If you want a techincal ride go to Dakota Ridge. This trail will give you a nice climb with some cool features on the downhill (Mustang, Maverick, and Longhorn). Everything is ridable which makes this trail fun but not too challenging.

Similar Trail: Apex Park, Red Rocks

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j.young on November 25, 2012
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Review: You say there is no technicals on this trail? If you had ridden the whole network of trails here. You would have ran into some tech area's. If you did ride the whole network your just 1 or 2 out of 3,000 mnt bikers that is a ego short ride bad ass. Good for you if this is you. But you don't have to advertise it. SHMUCK!
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cnetate on October 2, 2011
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Review: This trail kicked my butt! This is the hardest trail I have done. It was fun and the fall colors were nice to look at. If you want to challenge yourself (mentally and physically) and bike, this is the trail for you. The trail has steep, fast and rocky down hills with two ft dropoffs frequently, so its best ridden on a full suspension bike. I almost wiped out a couple of times. The up hill is steep, rocky and has loose dirt so its a lot of work. I had to carry my bike at some spots. If your not up for a seriously challenging trail that will work you hard, this is not the trail for you. It is very technical!

* Review edited 10/2/2011

Similar Trail: None, this is by far the hardest trail I have done.

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trailwinder on August 17, 2011
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Review: lol go like fukken 50 mph down this beotch. drive up golden gate canyon and hike for 5 min up to belcher trail south of parking lot.. its the best around. thx for reminding me!

Similar Trail: pthhh this is the best around. fast, easy.. kill yourself too on some rocks.

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delphinide on August 9, 2011
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Review: Belcher is a brutish climb of scree and loose debris. Despite the challenge of the grade and altitude, the slippery rocks are punishing. A great workout heavenward, and a surprisingly techy, flowy section downhill. Watch out for rattlesnakes..saw on today. I feel a lightweight 5in travelbike is the best rig for the quest... I walked a lot uphill on Belcher

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hubschrauber on July 16, 2011
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Review: There are so many other trails in the Golden, Evergreen, Boulder area that have way less horse manure, a way higher percentage of trail that can be ridden by mere mortals, and way more overall cover from the sun. There are a few fun descents if you like dropping off water bars or rocks every 20 feet, but then you have to climb back out of the hole you rode into on the same kind of track going up, which for 95+% of the mountain biker population means getting off your bike and pushing all the way back up. If you'd rather have fun on a bike , leave White Ranch for the horses and hikers, and world-class expert mountain bikers. If your goal is self-abuse, by all means go ride White Ranch.

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sspragu3 on July 2, 2011
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Review: The climb up is challenging to say the least. Heat weenies beware, there is considerable sun exposure for the entire climb. Very fast, very fun descent.

Similar Trail: Apex, Deer Creek Canyon

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cwittwer on March 21, 2011
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Review: good tough ride. tests your ability and endurance

Similar Trail: Mount falcon

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cwittwer on March 21, 2011
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Review: Tough climb rocky, technical, 3 miles on Blecher Hill to mustang loop, this loop you get some quick rocky single track and then a technical climb with several erosion bars. once at the top take blecher hill all the way down or enjoy the several other loops.

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maddslacker on March 15, 2011
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Review: This is a trail network with quite a bit of variety. It has singletrack, doubletrack, some fireroad, and lots of climbing. There are some pretty intense rocky sections to mess around on.

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pernicious on December 15, 2010
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Review: This is a great trail system, great climb to start. Watch out for the horse shit.

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coster on October 12, 2010
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Review: Rode the Belcher Hill trail up on 10/11/10. It had rained the day before and the trail was already dry. Big climb up took 1 hour and 10 minutes. Descended the top part of Maverick Trail until it met up with Sawmill. Maverick is a great trail with good technical drops and a nice boardwalk to avoid stair steps. After the short fast (non-technical) Sawmill trail section I rejoined Belcher Hill to the bottom parking lot. From the top of Belcher Hill to the parking lot including Maverick and Sawmill only took 20 minutes. There are short technical sections on the way up and down. The climb is a killer and the downhill is fun and fast.

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cromagno on August 1, 2010
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Review: @stillfat ditto, but I lack your positive attitude about it. Belcher trail is a very challenging grade, very exposed thus hot (so go in the evening if you can), and trail consists of loose rock and sand. For a good uphill workout, I'll take Mt Falcon over this any day. I don't mind a solid workout but this is like climbing a mountain of sand and scree. There are some fun trails to be had up top for sure. I also do not recommend descending Longhorn unless you are an advanced rider.

Similar Trail: Apex

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stillfat on July 27, 2010
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Review: Starting in the plains up to the top of Belcher Hill is one of the toughest climbs around - I sobbed like a little girl at the top (almost). Some fast, tight singletrack, some ledgey, brutal technicality that broke at least one of my ribs and always an "out there" feel despite being so close to the metro area. White Ranch makes me bleed frequently and makes me suffer always, but I always show up for more. Avoid weekends, ride late to avoid riding up a difficult switchback only to be staring at a horse's ass or p***ed off trail runner. (And be friendly if you encounter either).

Similar Trail: Apex, Deer Creek Canyon

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mooniakrides on May 16, 2010
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Review: Just rode White Ranch today. Despite the recent rain, it was still 90% dry. Check out mooniakrides.webs.com for more trail info. I am always amazed at how dry the trails stay despite recent precipitation.

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Greg Heil on November 12, 2009
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Review: Can't believe I never got around to reviewing this place, it was an incredible ride! Very technical in spots, but very entertaining with some great bridges, interesting trails, and great views! Stuck my hand in a cactus on one fall and spent a while pulling stickers out of my glove... not much fun, but I'll probably remember that for the a long time.

Similar Trail: Dakota Ridge (The Hogback)

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Tinker17k on November 11, 2009
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Review: Tried out this trail today! It was a good day to do this trail. Some of the other riders said this place was a zoo on the weekend. Started out at the west side parking lot and did the downhill on Rawhide. Some good jumps but the fun is ruined by I guess water boards about half way down. If you don't consider yourself to be technical this is not a trail for you. I did enjoy the views! The conector Waterhole from Rawhide to Rawhide is super muddy! Get ready for a mud bath!!! and watch out for the snow slop. If you put sawmill, maverich and longhorn together you get a nice faster single track. Just watch out for the slick spots in the shade... ice.. I liked the ride and felt a little beat up afterwards but overall enjoyed it!

Similar Trail: Section 16 in Colorado Springs.

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BFD on June 11, 2009
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Review: Rock Gardens, Water Bars, Technical Climbing and Bone-Shaking/Eye-Watering Downhills...This trail has it all!

Similar Trail: Apex Park, Bergen Peak

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kuala_tahan on June 4, 2009
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Review: A beast of a trail. Don't forget your legs; I did and got completely worked. The initial climb up Belcher is a monster, super long and steep, semi-technical. Felt like I was climbing for 2 hours. Took left on Mustang off Belcher, lots of logs and waterbars, had to hike-a-bike a bunch. Turns back into Belcher, fun downhill there, Rawhide is just a fire-road downhill type deal, right on Wrangler (sweet singletrack), Maverick, good single track, back down Belcher - fun downhill, super bumpy, works your hands.

Similar Trail: Walker Ranch

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doc7208 on April 25, 2008
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Review: Great climbs with challenging technical sections. Not for beginners!

Similar Trail: Horsetooth Mt. Park

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erictw83 on September 16, 2007
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Review: Some really really sweet riding...however, its probably best to go with someone who knows the best routes. If not and you just go wonder like I did and take trails the wrong way you'll find yourself pushing the bike up steps for a ways. Water bars are everywhere!!! Still super fun with a great climb into the place. Can rack up 15 to 20 miles easy here.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Someonelse on September 12, 2007
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Review: Just rode this today or at least tried to! Started at the east THD and headed up Belcher Hill. It was a very strenuous climb for me as a beginner and I could only dish out 1.5 miles before heading back downhill. At 3:00PM this trail really does bake under the sun! Very technical in the beginning with lots of large rocks, steep uphill, and sandy terrain. Lots of dismounts here for me. However, I thought this was one of the better trails I've ridden in the fron range and it is an excellent place to challenge myself and practice some skills. I'll be going back frequently until I can at least complete Belcher Hill. BTW, on the way back to the east THD the downhill is awesome! I really flew in some sections and surprised myself in the more technical spots.

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jeeper on July 1, 2007
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Review: There is lots of varied terrain here. The sawmill trail is VERY steep and VERY rocky. Other trails are less technical. I drove around the back of the park and parked up top. I actually meant to ride up from the bottom but took a wrong turn and ended up driving all the way around. This was a good thing actually as these trails here are strenuous, especially Rawhide. If I had ridden up from the botom lot I would have been to spent to ride some of the upper trails. Keep this in mind if your fitness level is not real high. Otherwise this is great place to explore.

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steve32300 on June 26, 2007
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Review: this is a cool place for being close to denver.bust your !@#$ and there is well water and bathrooms at the top.technicle and smooth.i broke my hard tail here so that should tell you how rocky and hard the trails are.the trails see alot of sun here.i really like it here,its a great place when you cant make it to a resort stlyle place.

* Review edited 10/10/2007

Similar Trail: mathews/winters

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arnolda14 on June 6, 2007
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Review: This park has a reputation for being pretty advanced and for the most part that's well-deserved. But there's also a really awesome intermediate/beginner ride by going to the west parking lot and then heading north on the Belcher Hill trail and looping back up to the old farm equipment. This route starts on a downhill, which is kind of a bummer, but it's not that bad. The climb from the east parking lot is a beast so if you go that route, bring lots of water and maybe a couple of extra lungs. Jefferson County should probably provide a defibrilator at the trailhead. Once you get past the hill, you will find many highly concentrated adrenaline deposits.

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BobinConifer on May 13, 2007
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Review: Fun ride with plenty of options. Fun singletrack climbs with some technical challenges.

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jbersch on October 14, 2006
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Review: Awesome network of trails. Mustang - Shorthorne - Maverick are all sweet sweet singletrack. Great variety, great views. One of the largest parks in JeffCo.

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Rebus on September 13, 2005
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Review: This is a cool network of trails, with enough variety to please anyone from novice to pro. I enjoyed the great views and the peace and quiet. When I rode the Rawhide Trail I liked the alternating smooth track and the rocky climbs and descents. I need to go back there soon.

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JJonas on August 21, 2005
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Review: Who's seen the rework of upper Mustang? They replaced one of the more technical sections with steps and a board-ramp. What do you all think?

Similar Trail: Apex Park

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HACBIKES on July 21, 2005
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Review: SWEET TRAIL!!! One of my favorite trils in front range. Start at the bottom parking lot and take belcher to sawmill then rawhide to longhorn all the way back to the bottom for a sweet loop and some great downhill.

Similar Trail: Chimney Gulch

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sdelano26 on April 25, 2005
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Review: A great place to get a hard hill climb, work on technical ability, and enjoy some really fun downhills. You will find a little of everything here. A section of Mustang Trail has been permanently closed and another section will be closed for reworking this summer (2005) so respect the signs. The changes will hopfully improve an already great trail and decrease the damage from erosion. Enjoy!!

Similar Trail: Mount Falcon and Deer Creek

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garner43 on April 23, 2005
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Review: Yet another great front range trail! Be ready to work a little more on this one. Be sure to include the mustang trail in your loop. Its a whole lotta fun. This place gets super busy during peak times. Try to hit it early in the morn or in the evening to avoid nonstop traffic. Their are some nice camping areas throughout the park as well if you looking for an overnighter. Ride on.

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Hutchman on February 17, 2005
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Review: Nice ride if it isn't busy or muddy. Bomb down as fast as you can.

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mtberman on January 15, 2005
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Review: If you start from the bottom and ride the main trail (It's called Belcher Hill, not Maverick) you will be challenged aerobically and technically. It's a long uphill which bakes in the sun all day and can be very rocky. On hot (90+) summer days it's often better to drive up Golden Gate Canyon and access the park's upper network, where there are two additional parking areas and it's typically 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Great for a personal challenge, but don't take new friends here and expect a fun and easy ride with views. It's challenging and hot, and they'll be p***ed if you don't accurately describe the challenge. Once at the top you can ride the upper network or just head back down one of several ways. Lots of waterbars and drops.

Similar Trail: Mount Falcon Park's "Castle Trail" is similarly challenging Also Dakota Ridge

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Guest on August 31, 2004
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Review: Start at the bottom lot, which is generally filled. Its an easy to follow trail, but there are a few offshoots, so if you are unsure, just keep taking rights and/or stay on what looks like the main trail. Its logical. Best as an out and back, roughly 10-12 miles, but you can certainly add to the ride by riding the network up top. IN SPOTS, it can be very technical, but otherwise aint that bad. Very good variety o' stuff. The first couple miles are strenuous, but after that, its well worth the grunt. Good test of the skills, good place to challenge yourself without getting in over your head..

Similar Trail: Deer Creek

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Pain_Is_Relative on August 17, 2004
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Review: I road White Ranch about 2 years ago when I had first started the great adventure of mountain biking. Well letís just say that it was way over my head as a beginner. I really do not recommend taking this ride while trying to get comfortable with clip-in petals. Ouch! The ride was steep, technically difficult, and an aerobic thrasher. How the ride was difficult, I remember loving the scenery and the heart-stopping challenges that this trail presents. This trail has spots were you can absolutely fly. I remember watching full-suspension down hillers fly by me at rates which I thought not possible on paved roads. I can not wait to go back to this trail and experience my improvement. The network of trail is large enough for a whole day.

Similar Trail: Walker Ranch and Dakota Ridge

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