September 7, 2015
Bear Basin has a great layout with lots of smaller loops that connect to each other. None of the trails are long but by linking several of them together you can make the ride as long or short as you want. Signs are placed at all the junctions to help you find your way. Getting lost is still possible, however once you find one of the main trails such as Grand Traverse it's simple to find your way back.
With the exception of Upper and Lower Drain none of the trails are really technical. Even the Drains are super fun and flowey. Meandering through Sleepy Hollow is a little spooky because even during the day it has places where very little sunlight reaches the ground. With such a thick canopy you kind of feel like you are riding through a tunnel at times. Other trails offer more open views and some even have Vistas of the distant mountains.
Since Bear Basin is not super technical or difficult try adding a different twist. Riding it at night! Obviously with appropriate lights. Trails like Sleepy Hollow take on a whole new personality in the dark. Be sure to stop and sit quietly for a few minutes just to listen to the woodland creatures. It will amaze you how many are out there and how close they are.
Jug Mountain Ranch