March 29, 2018
This trail is a ton of fun! I personally was plagued by mechanical problems on it, but I still had a ton of fun riding it. Here are some things to remember
1. The best bike for this trail IMO is either a plus sized hardtail, or a 29er with about 130 MM of travel. I was on an XC 26", and did fine, but there were more than a few spots that it would have been nice to have a bit more ability to get rowdy.
2. Bring several quicklinks. Breaking chains on this trail is common, and I personally broke mine once, but in two spots. I only had one quicklick, but there was another rider who was kind enough to give me one.
3. Walk up some things. Don't be a hero, yes you can probably climb up a lot of things, but in some sections the consequences of failure are really high.
4. Go early in the morning. I did this on the Saturday of sping break. We got to the trail at about 8 AM, and we were probably one of 10 people on the trail, on our way back however, there were a lot more people! Like a lot! Many of them had no business being on this trail, so to avoid these people, go early.
4. Be comfortable descending steep things. This trail gets really steep in places, and you need to be comfortable throwing your weight back and feathering your brake.
5. This trail is rated as a black diamond, but it's probably an intermediate in terms of technicality. Some say that there is nothing technical about this trail, but this isn't completely true. There are plenty of climbs, steep descents and some small drops. So you definitely need to be comfortable on a bike.
Get out there and ride this trail! It's a lot of fun!