August 29, 2013
Very nice trail with a lot of riders, but for good reason. For the number of riders, the trail is holding up well and the local trail association is doing an admirable job of caring for it. Their efforts are very visible. I rode the trail from Breck to Frisco yesterday. The Breck end of the trail throws a lot at you (rocks, roots, ups, downs), and you just have to keep working it. Not so much flow, but still A LOT of fun and little challenges. The Frisco end (from just before the Gold Hill Jct and down), the trail starts to drop in earnest and still throws a lot at you. You can really rip it. What a fun few miles of DH -- really fast gnar. I enjoyed every moment of it. Also, I HIGHLY recommend doing an out and back on Gold Hill to Hwy 9. I think GH really "completes" this ride for the reasons others have mentioned in the previous reviews. Without GH, I would give this ride 4 stars. With GH, the ride is definitely a 5. It adds two very nice climbs. Going up the west side of GH is shorter and quite a challenge with the all the rocks. Going up the east side of GH is much longer and a great workout at 9-10,000'. If you are not used to the elevation, just take a few breaks along the way, but don't miss it. As DHs both sides of GH are exceptional and just begging to be pressed to the limit. Again, don't miss GH.