February 28, 2014
This is NOT a ride for beginners!! Especially if you continue on to the pass from Waldorf Mine. (You gain about 1,600 feet of elevation in the final 2.3 miles while traveling over a pile of big loose rocks, all at an altitude over 11,600 feet.) Naturally, this makes the descent down from the pass back to Waldorf extremely treacherous. Yes, the graded singletrack section and the Forest Service road to Waldorf are not difficult, but with some tight curves and small technical sections on the singletrack, the starting elevation of 9,500 feet, and the high speed on the return, I wouldn't recommend this for someone just getting into the sport. This is an amazing ride with great views of several 14ers at the top, but high aerobic ability and extremely strong handling skills are a must before attempting to reach the summit.
Mosquito Pass, Pearl Pass