January 2, 2012
I rode this trail on New Year's Day with my wife and a friend. We all agreed that this is a fun trail and worth a trip to check out despite the fact that it is listed as only 5.5 miles. The loop can be ridden in either direction (don't know if there is a preferred one with the locals) and there is a marked connector through the middle that can be used to create shorter routes. This trail is only opened to hikers (runners) and bikers eliminating some conflicts that occurred when there was only one trail shared with equestrians.
The track runs through forested, hilly terrain with occasional rock features to maintain interest. The builders have kept most of the trail running along contour and in line with good trail building practices. There are a couple of climbs, however, that exceed 10% grade as advertised on the trail brochure available at the park office. Although these are absolutely doable by the majority of riders I fear that over time they will become unsustainable and may need to be adjusted or rerouted. Time will tell.
The trail flows very well within wide, open corridor as it swoops through the many drainages in the area. Some are bridged and others have interestingly been armored with cinderblock but most are just bare crossings. There is good use of the rock available as features and some of the largest bare rock drainage crossings I have ever experienced. There is even one area where rock and cedar logs have been laid down to create some interesting armored tread to negotiate. Sadly most of the users have been bypassing these in favor of the smoother dirt surface. Come on folks! It shouldn't always be "all about speed."
Overall this is an excellent trail entirely within the abilities of all but rote beginners. But don't let that scare you away if you are a seasoned rider. You, too, will thoroughly enjoy your time here. The biggest drawback is the low mileage. Hopefully more is planned in the near future. And the incorporation of a few more technical features may draw more riders.
South loop of Honey Run