September 7, 2012
I have ridden this trail a number of times and always enjoy it immensely. It has a little bit of everything: more than 2,000 ft. of elevation gain (and loss), plenty of technical elements, some very smooth and fast sections, a nice view at the top, and great scenery all the way up and down. Not only that, but there’s a rustic shelter to stop and have lunch in, and a waterfall and swimming hole on Goodman Creek.
I ride a hardtail bike, and so find the return trip a little jarring. At times it feels like riding down some long-forgotten stairway in the woods because of all the roots and rocks. I suppose you folks with full-suspension frames would thrive on the endless rough drops this trail offers.
The beauty of this area is the versatility inherent in the web of roads and trails that criss-cross the terrain. As mentioned in the ride description, you can eliminate sections of the trail if you need to by taking the road up and/or down from the first junction. Or, you can lengthen if you want by adding any number of loops or extensions. Virtually all of it requires considerable physical exertion, though.
Total ride time for me for the ride described above is about 3 hrs. up, and 1.5 hrs. back down. That includes time to soak up the scenery, cool my feet in the creek, and take some pictures. I’ve never drained my 2L Camelback on this ride—never even come close. Once you leave the creek bed below, there is no other dependable water source, so if you’re adding Sawtooth, Lost Creek, or any other trail up high, take all the water you’ll need with you.
Get one of the waterproof, tear-resistant maps of the trails here available from Treadmaps or Adventuremaps.