October 7, 2013
Great trail. I did this today. I normally take the CO Trail but veer off to the north towards Shinglemill. Today I went straight and did the loop. Much better ride. All tree covered. There's a couple okay descents and when you come back around the climbs are not too bad. I'd describe this trail as 'rolling' with equal amounts of climbing and descending throughout the 20 miles. I'm not a big fan of the kind of trails that are climbclimbclimb then descendescenddescent like most Front Range trails. It reminds me of a bigger, prettier, longer, Lair O Bear. This is a great trail for a beginner but it was lots of fun on my fat bike. The only thing to watch out for is the kitty litter trail conditions which could wash out beginners if they oversteer. Great trail. I rode the loop opposite of what the PDF/GPX says. I will try the other way another time. Rather than starting at Little Scraggy, I started at the Forrest Road with the closed gate a bit before. It's free. This would also be a good place to start a beginner because there is a WIDE road for them to 'warm up' on. It took me three hours, but I stopped a few times to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. Plus, since I was on my first time and I was on the fat bike, that slows me down. There are a few rooty sections, but most of the roots can be bypassed by picking the right line. There was only one kinda gnarly spot that was too much for my fully loaded (CTR Training) Fat Bike. If I was on my all mountain bike, I'd blaze through it.
Lair O Bear