October 11, 2015
Ridiculously challenging with zero payoff.
Short, steep, gravelly climbs with momentum killing obstacles at local peaks, with cheatingly tight, loose, slow descents that require subtle brakework. Going from east to west, the first 3 miles are good; technical work with some 2-4 foot drops and rugged terrain, but solid payoffs: fast, swooping descents. The remaining western half is extremely primitive, and is a series of 20-30 switchbacks. Those switchbacks just repeat the same slow-descent then gravel climb routine along the same ridge. That sameness includes rolling up or dropping off the same 3 foot rock shelf that caps the ridgeline.
It's a workout, sure. It's good technical practice. But overall, there's too much of exactly the same. The lung-busting loose climb work involved just to ride one's brakes down a sketchy, narrow switchback just isn't for me.
There are tons of other trails in the local area that are much more fun, and there are other highly technical trails in the area that don't just repeat the same back-and-forth that this one does.
Only worth it if you're close and you're training.
Good Water Loop at Lake Georgetown