September 21, 2011
I rode the entire complex on the 20th. As previously briefed on some of the other trails in this complex, SORBA has been hard at work. Well done.
I parked at the Bull Mnt parking lot, and rode FS 83 up to 223C (whoop de doos) TH, passed it on the left, and continued on to 223B Saddle Back ridge. (make sure you have the new three digit/letter maps, available at ForestService website.) There was one creek to cross, but it is not the slick rock slime covered death crossing.
The Saddle back seemed like it was all up hill rocky single track in the middle of nowhere,with black bears waiting to maul you at every corner. (I didn't see any though) At last you get to the 223 Trail. Again this is going in a CCW direction from the parking area. Once starting down trail 223 be prepared for several things. Speed, it can get ridiculous fast. Some parts have creek crossings, and some baby head rocks will try to kill you through out this descent. After what seems like an hour of burning down this hill at mach 2, you come to the junction of whoop de doos, and the new section of 223. TAKE THE RIGHT, on to the new section. Guess what, it keeps on going down after a short climb. This part must have been done by SORBA because it is has their style all over it. After your curving descending singletrack insanity, you will pop out on FS83, about 1/4 mile from bull parking area. I have done this route on the old trail in CW direction, and the CCW direction has longer sustained down hill. This is a must ride in Northern Georgia.* Review edited 9/20/2011