January 4, 2015
I rode this trail New Year's Eve, 2014. There was about 1/4" of fine powder snow covering the fallen leaves on about 40% of the trail. We knew daylight was short and had two trucks, so we shuttled out the road portion. I'll cut to the chase, because the single track is what everyone's interested in. It's narrow. In that sense, the whole thing is technical. Some places there's room for error, other's there's not. All the rumors about the first bit of single track climb being steep - all true. Even worse if leaf covered and snowy.
The flip side is, all this stuff is quite fun when you get pointed down hill. There are also plenty of relatively flat sections. It's really a wonder, how the trail traverses the top of the mountain line rather than being a true ridge ride. Lots of little rock gardens, some larger rock gardens, but nothing hugely technical - on the whole, a good way for people who are fit, and have a relatively decent grasp on technical skills to get in a big ride, with big pay offs.
Not to be missed is the overlook just before the big down hill section at the end. In other words, there's two decent down hills, then a bit of a flat, and sharp left turn. As the trail straightens out, the narrow, steep footpath goes up to the left, and at the top, the view is, in a word, stunning.
An epic ride in every sense, this is not to be missed if you have the chance.
Reddish Knob, Wolf Ridge