March 30, 2015
This trail is a little out of the way to get it if coming from Denver. The trail is well made, machine made on the side of the mountain. Terrain is very loose kitty-litter, but not so lose that has huge problems with turning. It's a very smooth grade. Almost no rocks, roots, or holes. Only a handful of switchbacks on the entire trail. It's 95% singletrack, there is a small double track portion that lasts maybe a mile. The trail itself I would rate a blue-green low intermediate. But the length and climbing turn it into a true intermediate. If ridden as an out and back, I suggest starting at the South Platte Hotel trailhead, and starting with a climb, then turning around at Reynolds. On paper it looks like an 8 miles climb and then an 8 mile decent, but riding it back down there's still a bit of climbing. As soon as one hits nice DH high speed there's a climb that kills momentum. I found that kind of annoying. On the other hand, when climbing North, you climb for a bit, then you have a little DH to take a break, then more climbing. It's a nice trail if you just want to try something new. Due to it's abundant sunlight, it is free of snow when other trails will still have snow. Check it out and decide for yourself.
Centennial Cone, Sandy Wash