August 20, 2013
This was a great trail. Not too tough, unless you ride it while it is muddy (which we did, inadvertently). The trail is sandy for most of the way then some of it goes through usually dry creek beds. It rained the night before and the creek beds were muddy and all of the clay based mud stuck to our wheels, brakes, etc. Still had a good time. We started at the campground and rode a short loop of about a mile or so first then took the twelve mile out/back. It was some breathtaking scenery. Since it is an out and back you get to ride through two prairie dog "villages" twice and they talk to you and each other as you approach and ride through. Very cool experience for me as a southerner/easterner. Also saw some elk or deer in the distance. They saw us first, took off running to a crest of a hill, stopped and watched us and when we got closer they took off again. This is also an open range with some cattle grazing in areas but they did not interfere with the ride at all. The photos we took were some of the best of our trip. 24 to 25 mile ride at an altitude much higher than Eastern KS and DC took a lot out of us but we enjoyed every minute of it.