December 15, 2015
Dana Peak is pretty fun. It's pretty fast and flowy. There isn't much in the way of long brutal climbs but a lot of short punchy descents and ascents. You'll be hard pressed to find any real technical sections here including rock gardens, or large hucks or drops. There are some roots. It makes up for that with serious flow and speed.
The trails are not marked so you'll learn everything by landmarks. The lake, the peaks, the "lost and found box intersection". One you're at the lost and found box, if you head up in to the woods onto what is called the 1-9er trail that is where the real fun & flow starts. Pretty much from there you always have 3-4 ways of getting somewhere and they are all fun and flowy. Follow these trails with the lake on your right and it can take you about 6-7 miles to Stillhouse park. So out and back that is a really fun 14 mile ride. Hitting everything this trail system has to offer I've seen people get more than 20 mile rides out at Dana Peak. Worth mentioning that the new kiosk at the trail head with the map gives you the general gist of things but it doesn't come close including all the awesome trails that are out there past the 1-9er trail.
Also worth noting you'll probably avg. 9-10 mph on this trail if you avg 7 mph on really, hard technical stuff.
Have fun! I always do.