June 21, 2015
The main summary needs to be updated. There is now a parking lot if you drive across the bridge off HWY 14.
Also, a ranger stopped to me before I dropped in, to tell me that the creek is super full. He didn't know if it's snow melt or if the reservoir is releasing water. None the less most the the crossings are about 2 feet deep, so you gotta wade with your bike on your back. This is kinda fun if you're ready for it, but it kills your momentum which makes climbing up the bank a little more difficult. After doing this about 10 times, you get to either the switch backs or meadow, and you'll have a less energy than you thought you might.
In the meadow, rain has eroded the track so much that it's impossible for some people to pedal so there's another track starting, since this is soft dirt and grass mostly, it's hard pedaling through it.
In all it's a beautiful trail, and all the stream crossings mean when you get to the loop, there isn't really anyone else around, which is kinda nice. I went down the switch backs which was also fun, my front brake went out of adjustment from all the water (was riding an older bike with cantilever rim brakes) so I had to take it easy, but it was completely doable, and probably taught me something.