February 2, 2012
In the summer of 2011, Two sections of single-track were added. This connected 2 sections of double-track and Brush Creek Trail. Ridden as an out and back from town, it makes for a 36 mile epic. Buffalo Elev. 4500', end of trail 7700' Trail starts between the Super 8, and The Big Horn Travel Center (good place for a pre-ride breakfast, and after ride shower $$). Begins as an asphalt Rail-Trail, goes down Main St, through a park, then becomes gravel. Trail will continue along Clear Creek to the Veterans Home property, then up to Hwy 16 for a short paved trail section. Take a left on Turkey Lane, and in 1/4 mile turn right into the parking lot. Single-track starts here. First mile is easy then becomes a little more difficult. After passing the spur trail to the Mosier Gulch TH, continue straight, go around gate and continue on the dirt road. At the water intake dam road ends and ST starts straight ahead to the right. Trail will now climb 1200' in 2 1/4 miles via 34 switchbacks. At the top continue straight on the DT. after 1 mile DT will make a sharp right, ST will be on the left (steel post). Follow this flowing ST back down to Clear Creek (actually the creek comes up to meet you as you only have to descend 300'). Trail will follow the creek for a short distance. Now is decision time. To continue you will need to ford the creek, water will be close to knee deep or higher and will be COLD. Past the creek the new trail will continue for Appx. 3/4 mile and merge with old Brush Creek trail. The trail is mostly clear and blazed, but not bike friendly. The first 1/4 mile will be mostly hike a bike. then will become increasingly rideable as you get further up into the meadow. (Brush Creek trail will probably see some improvements in the near future) At the top you will come to a dirt road. Right will take you to Hwy 16, Go left a couple hundred yards for a view of the Big Horn Mountains. Refuel, rest, enjoy the view, then head back, Except for one short climb it's down hill all the way back. While some may not like the DT sections, they are necessary to keep the big grin from becoming permanently etched on your face!
Curt Gowdy SP