July 25, 2017
Simple instructions: Go downhill, keep going downhill and don't stop going downhill. =) Fun trail indeed. I wouldn't consider it advanced because I could ride everything, =) except a couple of deep mudded drainage crossings. It is a steep and narrow trail. Most of the trail is probably 8-15" wide with lots of roots and rocks. None of them are too big, but they keep you on your toes at all times. For much of the upper half, you have to keep your speed in check some and work the obstacles. Then for much of the lower half, starting from the big meadow, you can open it up a lot more. Then over the last mile or so, the trail widens just a bit, and you can really let it rip. On top for about the first mile, the scenery is exceptional. I'll give the trail five stars because the previous reviewer gave it one star which is utterly absurd imo. Yes, there were lots of trees down before, but the local bike community does a lot of work on this trail every year and does an admirable job staying on top of the situation. There were zero trees across the trail yesterday. How can you give a trail a terrible rating for a temporary condition? All in all, I'd consider the trail 4.5 stars. Finally, it may sound strange, but if you add the road climb up FR 725 (3.8 mi and tops out near 11,200'), imo you have a five star ride. The road is a challenging climb and absolutely beautiful -- beautiful views of the San Juans.