January 13, 2008
I rode this place with my girlfriend yesterday and both of us had a great time - being at two completely different levels in terms of skill, this is saying a lot about the trail. It is really out in the middle of nowhere, but like everyone has said the family running the place was really nice. The trail is a lot of fun if you know how to ride it, nothing very technical but it had a great flow. I found that I could ride all out for most of the time and that helped to add some challenge to the otherwise beginner trail. You start off heading back towards the entrance through a field and can begin to pick up some speed. This leads over some fun little hills (great for milking even more speed from the trail) and around the pond you passed on the way up to register. Once you hit the tree line, my favorite part of the loop begins. It's about a mile or two of sweet twisty singletrack through some trees. The trail is in great condition and the flow here is amazing. I found myself picking up more and more speed but still being able to negotiate all the turns, roots, ledges, etc. with no problem. After that you cruise through a pasture and then hit probably the sketchiest part of the trail. It is a steep paved walkway with a drop off on the right that I wouldn't care to experience. Just take it slow and you shouldn't have any problems, but if you have any apprehension I would walk it - that's what my girlfriend did & she looked at me like I was crazy for riding down it, but it really isn't bad at all if you take it slow. Shortly after this you will cross a little stream. If you want to cut out a rather boring section of the trail, stay straight on the concrete path, if not then turn right and ride around the perimeter of the pasture you're coming into. Towards the back fence line there was a small little section in the trees that was alright but all together I'd recommend cutting this out and doing a second lap of the rest of the trail. You cross over a bridge and negotiate some of the more technical parts of the trail around here. Take a lot of it slow because the penalty for falling off trail is just that...a fall! The rest of the trail is pretty much more of the same, although at some point I'm almost positive they have some jumps built that at one time or another may have been tabletops. Those were a lot of fun and completely unexpected - I backtracked and hit these a couple of times. All in all this trail was a great way to spend an afternoon. If you're in the market for some super technical riding, look elsewhere, but if you're looking for fast flowing singletrack look no further.
Muleshoe Bend, Rocky Hill Ranch (because its right down the road)