May 20, 2012
This one is something of a masochistic adventure. If you like the idea of slogging up 2100 verts in about 3.5 miles on rutted, sand&gravel filled ATV track, then this is a great trail. The good news is that there's spectacular scenery at every break in the trees and the altitude (this one tops out well over 9K ft) will keep you a bit cooler than Canon City and it's immediate surroundings. Once up high, the grade abates for a couple miles before you turn left with some more moderate climbing before the all out plummet back to the car. The plummet is mostly fun but will cause most riders a lot of trouble. It gets very narrow and throws horrendous, rock-strewn switchbacks at you at regular intervals. All but the best riders will dismount about a half-dozen times. As of summer 2012, the "trail" is mostly just a steep, unsustainable washout that threads its way between the most inconveniently located rocks. I'm glad I did it, but I doubt I'l do it again.
If you want a reference point, imagine Williams Canyon in C Springs or the descent along Deer Creek in Golden Gate Canyon State Park--then make it steeeeeper, narrower, and rockier.