August 18, 2014
I have to agree with the RUINED comments. I tried to be patient, hoping the re-route would improve after some traffic. I like gnar. I really do, but this is not fun (gnar with no speed). If you find yourself enjoying a section of the trail, it's one of the few sections that remain from the trail that I started riding 15 years ago.
Climbing the reroute is a full time exercise in pedal management. I find this to be fun for about the half the climb, but the 2nd half is just plain tedious.
On the decent, the trail isn't steep enough to develop the momentum needed to skim across the tops of these same pedal grabbing rocks. If a fun trail is like riding a bucking bronco, then this trail is like being astride two bucking ponies, who's timing is all screwed up. The hits come faster than you can adjust your weight. If you can zig-zag the front end fast enough, none of the hits are big but they come at every possibly awkward moment -> there is a front wheel sucker between every pair of rocks. Maybe the experience is better on a 29er, but I doubt it because you'd have to plow some pretty significant rocks that the 26er can jib around. I don't need much "flow", but this trail gets a zero for flow.
My son gave it a try. With his 24in wheels, it was very frustrating. While the grade is now beginner friendly, nothing else about the ride is.
none, I hope