November 22, 2017
$2 parking for the day, pay at the guard shack. Park in the gravel lot out front, trail starts immediately behind guard shack (past the baseball fence). There is a kiosk at trail head, but it's useless. Trail map is way outdated. Proceed to the left to start your ride, it takes you to an amazing skills/obstacles course that you can tinker with or ride past. Continue behind this and start having fun with the main trail that begins to circle the lake.
This trail is not beginner friendly. I'm somewhere between a beginner and intermediate rider and found myself in over my head during parts. The first half was fun and flowy, but the back half was way beyond my skill. I ended up on Teddy Bear, which after the ride I found out was an expert level trail.
What made this trail a 3 star versus a 4 or 5 is: Trail markings are utterly confusing. It almost appears as if someone came in and put new markers in but left the old ones. Some trails are marked with arrows (most were pointing in all different directions or falling off the tree), other spots were marked with trail names and difficulty ranking, and some trails split with no markings at all. I found myself dumped out onto a road a few times with no indication on where to go next. I don't mind exploring a bit, as that's part of the fun of mountain biking, but I was on a time crunch as I was just passing through the area, so getting lost or spending extra time finding the next trail was not preferred. And without an adequate, up-to-date map at the trail head, it makes it even more aggravating.
With that being said, don't let my negative undertone deter this ride for others who are looking to check out Scales. There are quite a few positive things that I'd like to share about my experience here: The trails are in pretty good condition, lots of man made features to test your skill on, lots of flow and heart stopping drops, pretty views of the lake and some fun wooden berms!