August 5, 2015
I really didn't know what to expect from this trail, but it was GREAT! We shuttled it by parking one car at the Stratton Open Space reservoir, and driving the other to the top, up Old Stage Road. We took Old Stage Road for a long time, until we parked at a loooong dirt parking area on the east side of the road. The road is in decent shape, but is washboarded pretty badly in spots. The ride starts off kinda boring, with a forest serice road climb, then some singletrack that predictably contours along some hills with short, fast downs, creek crossings, and then steep, tough uphills. After a few of these you get some long sustained downhill for a long time! A lot of it is just rippin' high speed, but there is one long rocky section that will get your attention. The traction was interesting, mostly peagravel, but after a little bit you adjust to it and it becomes pretty fun! Then, of course, you connect to Capn Jacks, the Chutes, and whatever else. VERY high payoff for a little climbing!