May 1, 2011
Highlights: Very Remote, Well Marked, Mountain Top Lookout, 700 Feet of Elevation Change. This ride is a unique experience and follows a combination of every type of trail. The trail head is at 2,300 feet next to an old fire tower. The Cliff trail will lead to an overlook that will require a minor detour, but well worth it. The Roaring Run trail will drop 700 feet making the first half of the ride downhill, and it moves quickly at some points. As you drop into the valley the trail begins running in and out of a watershed. You’ll slowly start to hear water rushing, and then the trail merges with the creek. You’ll realize the trail is the creek and the creek is the trail. The best way is to ride right down in the creek which is a lot of fun as long as its summer time. The trail will become not so well kept for periods around the creek, but markers do exist to keep you on trail, and a sign marks the intersection with the Jackson trail, along with all other intersections. The Jackson trail is steep, and will require a hike. Once it levels out the trail continues until merging with a logger road. I ran into some guy logging and he looked pretty shocked to see someone like me come out of the woods. The logger road is welcomed after the hike and creek ride. In summary, make sure to bring tools and spares, it would be a fun ride with a group who is looking to experience a road less traveled.