* Take a left at the first trail intersection. To the right is Gold Lake.
The first few miles of this ride are a steady uphill climb on harpacked soil through beautiful pine forest. There are some water crossings and shallow mud holes to begin with, then the rest of the ride is dry.
After gaining several hundred feet in elevation on Gold Lake Trail, you reach the Bobby Lake Trail. Turn right here and continue on to the Pacific Crest Trail. You'll have to dismount and walk your bike for a hundred feet of so here to the left. Regain the trail to Bobby lake on the right and enjoy the awesome rollercoaster (with a few good jumps) for the last .25 miles or so.
The ride back is kick in the pants. It's a long, smooth, fast downhill run with just enough technical aspects to make it interesting. You'll be tempted to turn around and do it again! Or, go past the short connecter to the parking area, and continue down the trail a few hundred yards to Gold Lake.
The lake (Bobby) itself has a great swimming area and sunning rock. This entire region is known for mosquitoes and other insect pests--especially during the early summer--so go prepared.