March 25, 2012
If you like rocks and cacti, you won't be disappointed here. There are lots of miles of trails to ride, some of it on jeep roads, some in dry creek beds, and some singletrack. You need to stay alert and watch your lines to minimize the bumps and to stay out of the cacti. Water and tubeless tires are a must!
There are a lot of trails on the east side of the mountains too but, plan your trip carefully. Yesterday I rode north out of the upper parking lot for about 7 miles then crossed over the mountains on the "Northern Pass" and worked my way back south on the east side where there is a new connector singletrack trail which, except for one short section, flowed very well. Going this direction there is a long, steep climb back over Mundy's Gap to get back to the parking area. I logged 23.5 miles with about 3,000 feet of climbing but it took me 5.5 hours to finish. I had taken plenty of water but should have packed more food.
This trail network definitely has a lot of technical challenges, but if you like a challenge and don't mind walking your bike on occasion, you'll really like the desert views and plant life.
Remember; Water, Food, and Tubeless Tires (or lots of patches & air)