October 2, 2017
This is not the place to take a beginner unless you don't want them to pursue mountain biking. Wait a few years and until you've conquered all other nearby trails before venturing here. I consider my skills advanced, and this was challenging. There are some longer climbs which leave you sucking air, and then the rocks really get going! I would guess everything here is ride-able, but there were a couple rocks I didn't attempt, and several that I did, that I had to step down midway through. This is hard, technical, rocky terrain. It was easy to follow the loop (almost 11 miles). If I lived closer, it is definitely somewhere I'd look to try and conquer, and develop my skills. You have to be in the right sort of mood to ride this. You need to focus and stay in mentally 100% of the time. If you want to relax and flow, this is not the place! Also, these take a really long time to dry out, so unless we're in a drought, it's probably worth calling the park office to make sure they're open.