July 19, 2017
I rode Rock Lake on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with hero dirt to be had in abundance. I had to skip the epic ride because of time constraints, as well as the fact that this trail required more upper body strength and lower speed tech skills than I anticipated. It had an old school feel and could really make you pay in certain areas. I enjoyed the challenge though and it was pretty well laid out (thankful for a dropper!). The rocks weren't unmanageable, but taking the wrong line could mean trouble cleaning a couple climbs or descents without risking your chainring.
The signage was great as I experienced earlier @ CAMBA's Seeley Pass, Flow Mama, and High Point. I also felt quite secluded during this loop with next to no other noises other than nature and my hub and shocks. Definitely recommend this trail; I initially gave it a 4 because I felt it was a little slow in areas where I wanted more speed and jumps or kickers...however after giving it more thought, just because I would like a trail a certain way in a couple areas doesn't mean it should suffer in its rating. This trail was the complete package for a technical trail ride. If you are looking for jumps and large berms, I recommend the Seeley Pass/Flow Mama/High Point ride not too far away. This trail is designed to provide oneness with nature while testing your rock skills, and it certainly delivers on that.
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