July 6, 2015
If you're a beginner or riding with younger bikers, this trail gets a 4-star rating. I'm an advanced rider, 47, and for me this was just an easy, mostly relaxing ride perfect for a second day of riding. All but the last half mile is gravel, which feels surprisingly stable under your tires. I ride a self-built 9-speed 29er and had no trouble at all, except for a few uphill slogs.
-The east trailhead is easy to miss- it's on the right, what seemed like about a mile past the cattle guard at the edge of the Wildlife Refuge on 49- if you reach the campground on the left, you missed it.
-This is important- at about the 5-mile mark the road forks. The main road goes off to the right, but the trail actually goes left, down a hill that's dirt, not gravel. This takes you quickly and directly to the west trailhead.
-The 5-mile ride back to the other trailhead is a gorgeous one through the refuge. It's paved, smooth, with wide shoulders. It feels safe and is downhill almost the entire way. Have fun!