Description: Two options exist for this trail depending on your
time, skill, and condition level, a 4.5 mile easy loop trail and a 10
mile intermediate ride. The loop trail is an easy ride on a well maintained
dirt road suitable for beginners and families. There is one short steep
section that some may need to walk, but otherwise, the trail is mostly
flat. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests with the possibility
of wild flowers as well during July and early August. It stays close
to the creek and is a delightful ride. Shortly after getting on the
dirt road, the trail will branch (left or straight) At this branch,
keep going straight up the road. At 2 miles, you will come to another
branch, one of which passes over General Creek on a bridge. The loop
trail crosses the bridge and heads back down the creek. After about
1.75 miles, look for a left turn onto a bridge that crosses back over
the creek. Turn right at the 'T' and head back to the campground.
extend the ride, instead of crossing the creek at 2 miles, turn onto
the single track that stays on the right (north) side of General Creek.
This is a fine intermediate ride that passes through meadow and forest
with incredible wildflowers in mid-late July. The trail climbs steeply
in some spots and has some short technical areas that many will need
to walk, but in general it is mostly ridable. The riding gets progressively
more difficult until reaching a battered wooden sign post. To continue
to Lost Lake or McKinney Creek (Miller/Lily Lake) cross the creek here
and carry your bike for 1/2 mile up the steep trail until it intersect
the Lost Lake/McKinney Creek trail. Both of these rides are rated advanced.
Concerns: Once again, try to minimize
erosion by staying on the trail. Walk bikes around wet areas instead of
making a new path. On the descent, reduce skidding by keeping your speed
under control. STAY ON THE TRAIL!
This ride is popular with day hikers from the campground. When descending,
let hikers know you are coming and slow down to 5 MPH when passing. By
being friendly and courteous we can ensure that this trail remains open
to mountain bikes. It won't take too many complaints to close this trail.