January 30, 2012
I rode this trail on a cool but clear January day. I wouldn't exactly call it an "easy" ride up. It was a long, steady, at times steep grind uphill. Additionally, the lower section was wet and slippery, and the upper section was covered in washboard bumps from water having flowed over it recently.
Having said that, the ride was awesome. The gravel road is now gated, so you have to ride an extra 1/2--3/4 of a mile up an old logging road to reach the T.H. If you like to work for your fun, this ride is for you! The return is fairly fast. I extended the ride by exploring the logging roads at the upper T.H., and then by riding the North Salmon Creek Trail across Rd. 24 from the gate. All-in-all, I rode about 10 miles.
Hardesty Mtn., Eula ridge, & Alpine Trail.