This is a great trail. Intermediate tech and moderate aerobic. It winds through pine forests and grass meadows. Start by heading down the Timpanooke section of the Great Western Trail and turning left on a footbridge after .1 miles. Right heads up into the wilderness area where bikes are not allowed. Climb up through some cool pine forest hang left at the fork in the trail and cross the pavement. After about 1.5 miles from the start you will come to a 4 way section stay on the Great Western Trail by heading left. Continue straight when a trail comes in from the left and get ready to climb the steepest hill of the day. Cross a small creek and enjoy a beatiful meadow. Connect into the Ridge 157 trail and turn right about mile 3.0 and then fork right onto the Salmander flats trail while Ridge 157 goes left to the summit parking. Enjoy the downhill when you hit a 4 way trail intersection fork to the right and drop through the creek keeping to the right. You will come back to the 4-way intersection where you went left earlier in the trail this time stay straight and climb the short hill and enjoy retracing your steps back to the car in about 2.0 miles.