September 3, 2015
One of my favorite rides. The climb starts out mellow on a smooth gravel road, but once you make it through the village of White Pine, it gets a lot tougher.
Huge rocks are embedded in the road and there are smaller, loose rocks in between those. It's pretty steep in some sections, so I ended up walking quite a bit. Coming from only 1,000 feet above sea level to over 12,000 feet added to the challenge!
Once you turn onto the actual trail off the road, you're in store for a pretty stout hike a bike. The amazing views make it much less painful. Take your time, soak them in, and save your energy for the descent.
The top of the descent is rocky and steep with plenty of exposure. You don't want to crash here as you're in the middle of nowhere.
Once you're back in the trees, it mellows out a bit, but there's still the occasional rocky section. The last couple miles of the descent are super flowy and swoopy on decomposed granite. You can really rip in this section.
At the end there's a punchy little climb to get back over the ridge to the road, but at least you get a handful of switchbacks to finish on.