February 28, 2015
It is a good stiff climb up the mountain from Jargalant Camp -- all mostly rideable. On top in the forest you are on a broad ridge initially. You still climb but very gradual along this ridge. It is a very pretty forest, so you can enjoy the nature as you go. At this point you are feeling the wilderness that is Mongolia and it's beauty. It all feels quite remote after you enter the forest. And like all trails in Mongolia, these trails are not groomed.
Once you have made it to the second opening, and begin the descent to Zaisan, the tech and gnar really pick up. Go as fast as you like, but be a little careful the first time or two. You can get hurt on this descent. There are also a lot of people on this trail. It is the most used trail in all of Mongolia. So be courteous and friendly as you go. Most Mongolians think it is cool and are a bit amazed maybe that you are riding a bike down a trail like this. Because of the number of people on the weekends, it is probably best not to ride the Zaisan Trail on Saturday or Sunday. There is just way too many people, at least for my tastes. In contrast to Zaisan Trail, you will likely not see a soul on the trail from Jargalant all the way to the second opening.