August 16, 2018
I did the entire trail, out and back (22 miles); took about 3.5 hours. I was tired, to say the least.
This is a very well maintained trail and nicely marked and even has mile markers.
The trail ranges from roots, rocks, dirt and gravel. Pick the right line and you can avoid the roots and most rocks, except at the creek crossing, which there are a lot of. There are also several leg burning hills, especially around the dam and past the connector trail at mile marker 7. Connector trail 1 is super easy.
This is very much an intermediate trail but some of the climbs are tough. The rock section after the dam (mile marker 2) is really hard to find a line. There are other difficult hills as well, but all doable. Most come around a bend and I found myself in the wrong gear a few times. When riding along the lake, pay attention the the trail; there are several drop offs that the weeds hide and the fall would be minimally 6' onto rock. There are some sections that flow but this is more of a grinding trail and it will wear you down at the end. But it's a great trail with nice challenges with beautiful views of the lake.