October 10, 2013
The directions on how to find the trailhead are still accurate. Google Maps however does not give good directions on how to get to this place. Take a look at a map and plan your own directions after you get off the freeway, if you dont drive past a large cemetary you are probably not in the right place (inless you live close and are coming from the north and didn't take the freeway). This trail takes 3 days to dry out after a good rain so keep that in mind before heading out. This trail also sees low to moderate use so be careful when riding and always be alert for other riders as you can gain considerable speed in certain sections of this trail.
The trail itself winds around the side of a bluff or big hill. It is easy to get discouraged as the first mile or so are uphill with a considerable grade and the switchbacks make it very difficult for a novice rider to stay on the bike and not walk. Once at the top of the hill it is a fun ride down and the trail has some flow to it but it seemed like every downhill lead right into a steep uphill so it was constantly start and stop, fast downhill followed by granny gear grinds back uphill. I really liked the steep declines though, the trailbuilders did not hold back and some of the declines will shoot you out the bottom very quick.
About 2/3's of the way through the trail it comes out onto a wider path that has sparse gravel. If you go left you can get back to the parking lot, going right will yield considerably more trail so don't cut yourself short!
At the current time this trail is leaf covered and makes fast cornering sketchy and slow climbs prone to spinning out and losing momentum. The trail was well marked and there was not a lot of options to get yourself turned around. This trail has altitude change between Lewis and Clark Monument and Swanson Park. It will burn up your quads but can be pretty fun especially if you ride it often and know the route to keep your speed.