September 26, 2016
New to the area and I've slowly been checking out trail systems by recommendations from other riders or reviews from Singletracks. I've now been to Coopers Rock, Watters Smith, Big Bear Lake, Snowshoe and now Valley Falls.
I started at rhododendron and climbed my way up. It felt like the first two miles were nothing but uphill. Rhodedendron is wide doubletrack/firetrail with tons of loose rocks. The first two miles weren't doing much for me on the fun level. As soon as I hit the very top of the ridge on Wild Turkey Trail, there was finally some nice singletrack that wasn't uphill. Explored Red Cardinal and Rocky trail a few times back and forth just to avoid anymore of those brutal climbs. All in all I had a good time and would definitely come back here. Maybe if I was in better shape I would have enjoyed those climbs on Rhodedendron or Dogwood.