June 21, 2010
IMO, I would not take a bike to Red Mountain, at least to the trails listed and directions above. Ruby Wash "trail", for the most part, is a dried river bed consisting of bottomless pea gravel and even when trying to ride downhill, it feels like you're on a 15% climb. Throw in constantly fighting to keep your balance, pedaling through what feels like wet concrete setting up around your tires and it just isn't any fun. The lower half of Big Hole Wash is the same. There is a trail, that is not shown on the normal maps that is at junction "F" if you're riding Ruby Wash downhill, ( the only way I'd recommend), that appeared to be new cut ST that avoids the wash and breaks east to rejoin Big Hole Wash where the pea-gravel wallowing ends and the moderately steep dbl track leads back to Cheyenne Rim near junction "G". Despite the fantastic scenery at the bottom of the tight slot canyons of Ruby Wash, the riding conditions are so bad, I doubt I'd ever ride there again. Some places are just better on foot and this is one of them.
Ride your favorite trail in 10" of wet snow