June 13, 2015
This trail is one of my favorites (sometimes). I've found soil condition to be a huge factor here. Sometimes the trail can be ridden fast, and is a blast with all the various curves and little drops. Other times it is just dangerous because of the loose gravel and ruts that develop. To me the deep loose gravel is not the kind of challenge I enjoy because it is unpredictable. I feel safer riding a knarly black diamond rock garden than sliding around on loose gravel on an otherwise intermediate trail.
This trail seems to be best after a some rain when the moisture holds the soil together a bit. I've had some of my best rides on Captain Jacks, but also several dumb crashes because of loose gravel and deep ruts. Give it try but use caution, especially if you are not sure of the soil conditions.