This route includes: little Vietnam, 7 mile airstrip, Dammit Dave Hill, Nottingham, 5-min Hill, Dammit Dave II, Devil up, Devil down and the lovely section of old railroad rock.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Starting from the west side of the swinging bridge, head north on Trail #25. Trail #25 stays close to the river, offering some great views. Stay on Trail #25 until mile 3.4, where you cross the Centennial Trail
headed to the large opening (7-mile airstrip).
At the middle of the airstrip take a hard left headed up an incline, at the top of this small hill take a right and head up a STEEP climb for 0.25 miles. This trail segment is locally known as Dammit Dave hill. It's short but challenging, with grades over 20%. If you want, take the time to enjoy the view once you reach the top, this is one of the high points in the park.
From here you stick with the well-defined trail, slightly losing elevation and winding through stands of bull pine. At 5.4 miles you reach Nottingham, a section of trail riddled with baby heads ranging in size from 6" to 12". Watching your footing.
Continuing to a section of doubletrack until you reach the bottom of 5-min Hill. This hill is gradual with an average 11% grade and short (0.5 miles) in length. Now you can enjoy this section of fast singletrack with small ups and downs until you reach a steep loose rock downhill section following the power lines.
Tap back into the rolling singletrack until you reach the climb at the switchbacks bringing you back closer to Devils Up. Devils Up is another local nickname for a short steep incline that is very rocky and technical. You'll reach the summit only to drop into Devils Down, which is similar in nature with the added obstacle of big rocks.
From here, you'll head across an old burned area and finally tap into Trail 25 again. This time, you'll be headed south. The next portion makes for some tough running, as you'll be moving over the old railroad grade. The surface is all about 3/4 to 2" basalt. Once you turn just before W. Trails Road you'll be back to the soft singletrack with only about a mile to go!
You end up finishing at the shelter just north of the west side of the swinging bridge. Great work on completing a really tough route! Make your way back to the camping side of the park for some well earned brats and beverages!