September 20, 2014
Was here on Saturday,with a good number of horse trailers parked at TH. I didn't venture as far as I'd hoped, but played around for a while on blue/red and blue/orange trails, which were mostly double track fire/hunting roads. Given that it's hunting season, and I was out riding alone, I quickly appreciated that I was in a decent sized wilderness area, and retraced my steps toward TH. $7 permit fee is really steep for trails not dedicated to mnt bike. All equestrian traffic/ camps were super friendly, and appreciative of me yielding ROW. I encountered some good, rutty uphill sections at entrance/break off of blue/red trail. navigable, but not all that fun. Nice vistas on powercut ride towards Beaverdam. I'm torn on this trail, cause I wimped out early. I'd say horse traffic trumps bike traffic here, a bit gritty rooty sandy for MTB, decent amount of double track to traverse, and permit price is really steep... Plus, feels like you are really in middle of nowhere (good and bad if riding solo)... Might come back, but have gotten spoiled with big creek, Charleston Park, Yargo, chicopee, etc. this would be "maybe" to return to, but not worth $7.00 IMHO.