July 9, 2011
This trail is too short, much of it too wide, and too popular with hikers to be a great ride. The beginning and ending legs of the trail are far too hard for a novice and the middle part is far too dull for an expert. The reason you come here is for the scenery, which is some of the very best in the Pikes Peak region. While most of the trail is smooth, there are some rooty spots and some big granite boulders in the way, one of which will cause most to dismount. If you want to add on miles, you can add and additional out and back on the fork onto trail 644A (about halfway into the ride). This trail goes up to Devil's Playground and ultimately to the summit of Pikes Peak. BEWARE--this will involve a lot of hike a bike and exposure above treeline. * Review edited 7/8/2011* Review edited 10/12/2011
Rampart Reservoir is still the best ride in the area.