|21.5 Miles||Loop System||9.1 Total Climbing Miles||656' Max||3.2% Avg Grade|
|29.12 Climb Index||100% Singletrack||9.6 Total Descending Miles||236' Min||21.9% Max Grade|
Overview: The trail system is made up of five loops. The Green loop starts off pretty mild with some fun and flowy trail through the trees. There will be a few small climbs none of which are sustained. As you work your way east of the Green loop you will start to see some pretty neat rock formations, this to me is some of best trail on this loop with a few tech spots, some nicely done switchbacks and mostly downhill. Once you come to a field you have reached the eastern most part of this loop and it’s time to work your way back up the hill you just came down. It will start of kind of gentle at first but you have a couple of good grunts coming up. Once you get to the top the trail will level out and drop you into a rock garden that goes all the way back to the start. Don’t let the rock garden scare you it is not all that bad and easily managed. There are some technical places on the Green loop but most have a go around and the others are not so technical that an average rider could not handle. There is a couple of good stiff climbs which might put some new riders to foot.
The Yellow loop also known as the roller coaster starts right off of Channel Road. If you are coming off of the Green loop, when you get to the open field hang a right and go down into the field and hop on Channel Road going east. Follow Channel Road for about ¾ of a mile and watch to your left for a trail darting off into the trees. The Yellow loop to me is kind of boring at first, you will start out on mostly flat terrain, climb an old dirt road then head down a powerline easement, next you go through what looks like an old strip pit and then back into the trees for a little more climbing. After that last set of hills the trail gets very interesting as you fly downhill on some twisty turning up and down trail (the roller coaster). Once you have made it through the roller coaster you will have stiff little climb and then a fun but short downhill back down to Channel Road where you can head back to the Green loop. Technically there is not much on the Yellow loop that should cause anyone much grief, there are a couple stiff climbs but they are pretty short.
Red loop is located just north of the green loop on the north side of Skyline Drive. Head across Skyline Drive from the parking lot and pick the trail up there. Be ready for some fast flowy trail as this loop goes back and forth paralleling Skyline Drive as it makes its way down the hill. There are few places in this section to grab a little air as well as a few technical spots. The trail sill eventually drop you out on the Corps Road where it crosses and starts again on the other side. You will start out on mostly flat ground and then start climbing some switchbacks as you make your way back to Skyline Drive. The Red loop does not have that much technical stuff on it and what little it does have can be ridden around. There is maybe one good little climb out there but it is a short one.
The Blue loop is directly across Corps Drive from the Red loop. This loop does not have a lot of climbing on it but it does have some ups and downs and twisty sections. There are a couple of creek crossings along this loop as it makes its way down to the lake.
White loop is just off of the Blue loop and is a blast to ride. The loop starts out pretty mild but slowly starts climb as it heads toward the lake. Once you get out near the lake expect to see some really great views of the lake. The in this section can be a little rocky but it is nothing that most riders cannot handle. Now you will get to do some climbing as you head up to the point of this trail. The climb might be a little taxing to some as it does go for a little ways but once at the top be ready for the three F’s, fast, flowy, fun downhill. Once at the bottom you will work your way back to the Blue loop. Technically there is not a lot of stuff on this loop and as far as climbing goes it does have a few little ones and the one big one.
Recommended Route: We normally start at the Skyline Drive trailhead and then do the lower section of the Green loop and once at the open field hop on to Channel Drive over to the Yellow loop. After completing the Yellow we head back to the Green and finish the upper portion of it. From the Green we jump across Skyline Drive at the trailhead and hit the Red in a counter clockwise direction until we get to the Blue at the intersection of the two Corps Road 412 and 413. From there we head down the Blue in counter clockwise direction, hop on the White riding it in a counter clockwise direction and then back to Blue and then back to Red and then back to the trailhead. There are a lot of combinations to this trail so just go out there and explore.
Rating: I think most people will enjoy this trail. There is not a whole lot of technical stuff out there and what is out there can be walked or ridden around. There are a few climbs that might be a little much for some newer riders. You can slice this trail up to tailor it to your riding preference. I think starting at the Skyline Drive trailhead offers the best choice for dicing this trail up.