The Shire Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,211' 979 m
Descent: -3,208' -978 m
High: 3,745' 1,142 m
Low: 1,710' 521 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
“A hilly, steep, secluded, scenic 19k loop that is all trail, with no pavement.”— HECTOR MARTINEZ
Follow the dirt road, which quickly turns into doubletrack. At 2.3 km from the start, you go through a small field with stepped rice fields, which resembles Hobbiton. Cross the stream from there, and the steep section begins. At 4.0 kms, there is a meadow (nice place for resting). Hang a 90-degree right at the corral, and follow the singletrack up the mountain.
At 5.0 km, take the fork to the right (west). This is where the loop starts, and most of it is in the shade. At 6.2 km, take the fork to the left (aouth), or you'll end up going to Myanmar! It is a nice flat section here for another 1.5 km or so, and then it gets steep again. Follow the singletrack all the way around up to the ridge, to intersect the original track where the loop started. And now just backtrack to the starting point - but watch your ankles! There's a motorcycle-rut in the trail that makes it a bit treacherous!
There are a few great jumping / swimming spots all along the first (and last) 500 meters of the trail - great for cooling down!
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