May 4, 2006
I rode up Bear Creek then to the Wasatch portion. Instead of staying on the Wasatch though, I went up towards the Gold Hill (a little over 12000 ft). Riding this trail truly had me begging for mercy. The bear creek trail is fairly easy trail that reminded me of the difficulty of alot of denver's front range trails. However, once on the Wasatch Trail the word that kept running through my mind is "ridiculous". I ended up walking most of the next 2 miles or so. The scenery is unbelievable with glaciers, steep huge mountains, and deep carved valleys which begs you to go on. From the intersection of the Wasatch Trail and the trail that takes you to Gold Hill the riding starts to get a little easier. Its more like the most grueling ascent in the front range for a couple of miles (except all above treeline). Then once at the top you have about 3 miles of descending with about 3700 feet of vertical. I had to stop 7 or 8 times to let my brakes cool off. Unbelievable trail with seriously scary and challenging terrain. I looked at a map and discovered I had climbed more than 4000 feet of vertical. Im looking forward to doing the whole wasatch trail this summer.
i doubt there is anything else that compares