November 4, 2014
Let's face it: reviews are made by people with a variety of talents and an ever-changing idea of what the ideal trail looks like. So take this for what it is and know that I'm a weak climber but can bomb downhill. I like fast/flowy trails with rock gardens, but I don't want the terrain to be so technical that I can never get in a groove. I'd rather feel like I'm on a roller coaster than on bumper cars. Did I say I'm a weak climber? Must be my belly.
Anyway, I rated this trail as a 3. There is nothing technical besides a few small rock gardens and is similar to Betasso in that you spend half the trail climbing, half the trail descending.
The trail is excellent for someone like me: a weak climber that NEEDS to spend time trying to get better. Coupled with Doudy Draw from the trailhead, I have found a perfect after-work trail that works my cardio and legs in the ways I need, but also rewards me with a fun-enough DH. The climbing is steady but not overwhelming. I wouldn't waste the drive or time to ride Spring Brook if I lived out-of-town. But if you're in Boulder, Louisville, Superior - - it's a pretty sweet track to keep your butt on the bike without having to drive a while.
So, as a "backyard" ride (giving me the workout I need with my weaknesses), I give it a 4. If I were an expert rider, I'd give it a 2. If I were a true beginner, it's perfect!