November 7, 2010
I had an absolute blast going downhill! Also, the scenery was amazing! The route I took also had alot of shade. Unfortunately, I went up the exact same way I came down.
To go up, I took South Ridge Trail to Soderberg Trail (via Horsetooth Rock Trail) and took Wathen Trail heading west. After Wathen, headed north on Westridge Trail for a mile or so (that's where I quit). In general, this route was very steep and technical going up.
The uphill was mostly difficult due to steepness and the corresponding difficulty in keeping momentum through technical spots. I think it's an outstanding place for intermediate riders (like me) or even advanced riders to hone their skills without getting too frustrated, but I still had to get off the bike and hike often. Going downhill kept me on my toes with the technical aspects, but felt very safe, even at speed. If you go, do yourself a favor and take a camera.
Timber Trail, Dadd's Gulch