This is a doubletrack loop of about 8.5 miles in length. The majority of the loop is a gated forest road, with part of it being an open forest road. This ride is a great option for a shorter, easier ride in the area, and is also great when the nearby singletrack is too wet to ride. I personally find myself riding this loop a lot during the winter, and also combine it with the other nearby forest service roads for more mileage.
However, there is one very deep creek crossing that used to have a bridge over it but does not anymore, but if you head down stream on some of the unmarked singletrack you can cross a shallower spot on some gravel bars.
Route: From the church outside of Camp Frank D. Merril (the ranger camp), head left on the gravel road about a quarter of a mile. Turn into the ranger camp under the gate (not the main entrance near the church) and drop down the pavement, past the rec hall. Ride onto the grass and hang around the back side of the rec hall, and then off the back corner hang left and look for the bridge over the creek.
After crossing the creek, continue straight, past some ranger obstacles and onto the gravel. Take the quick left up the hill, and now you're on the main section of gated gravel road.
Follow that main gravel road until it T's into FS 28-1. Hang a left on 28-1 and climb back to the truck. See the GPS map for more help with navigation.