September 5, 2015
We did not have a shuttle, so we parked at the north TH and rode the paved road first and went up from the south. If you can't shuttle, I would recommend this route. Most people seemed to like the descent going into the north trail head vs the southern one.
As for the actual riding, the views are AMAZING, while the trail is decent. Definitely intermediate in skill but advanced in endurance if riding the entire loop. The climbs and switchbacks are relentless. The top had quite a few depressions from all the motorcycle traffic and they held quite a bit of water. Some were fun, others were a pain. The final descent has some rocks thrown in for good measure and we met quite a few riders near the end. A very busy trail at certain times. I'm happy I did the ride for the views, but the trail itself wasn't too impressive. I would have given it a three, but 1'd it for the views.