September 15, 2014
WOW! Did the trail last weekend and would firmly place this trail in the full day adventure category. Started at Dragon's Tooth parking lot and rode / pushed up the North Mountain trail to top of the ridge. (approx. 1,100 ft. straight climbing). Once on top of the mountain the North Mountain trail is a narrow ridge line with ups and downs and lots of rock outcroppings. I mean lots and lots and lots of rock outcroppings. Boulders, lose rocks, sharp rocks sticking up straight out of the ground waiting to destroy bike parts. I was truly amazed neither one of us ripped off a derailleur or blew a tire. We rode and pushed 6 miles of North Mountain trail to Turkey trail, which minus a few impossible switch backs was a lot of fun. After the Turkey downhill it was 7 miles of dirt roads and a couple miles of 311 back to the car.
Major take away from the trip...
Be prepared to push your bike. A LOT!
Not something I would ever consider doing alone.
Be in really good shape with really good low speed technical skills.
Bring way more food and water than you think you need.
Bring spare bike parts.