ElevationAscent: 25' 8 m
Descent: -27' -8 m
High: 1,073' 327 m
Low: 1,060' 323 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
“A flat, beginner-friendly trail that mixes in an array of progressive trail features aimed at developing skills.”— Chris Spargen
Although it's stuffed with many features of varying difficulty, the trail was designed with a wide-range of runners in mind. As a result, features that require dropping or jumping skills always have a ride-around, making this a great option for families and new riders as well as seasoned bikers.
Sandy Wash is designed to encourage skills development. Runners will experience tight corners, rollable obstacles, berms, plenty of opportunities for active bike movement and weight distribution, and a host of jump features (step-ups, kickers, and drops).
Given the minimal elevation changes of the area's terrain, some features will require pedaling to attain the proper speed. This allows, and requires, runners to dictate how fast they hit a feature based on their skill level. It's recommended that first-time visitors complete the loop a time or two to familiarize themselves and get comfortable before committing to any of the more advanced features. In all, there are over 45 Technical Trail Features from beginner to expert to keep everyone intrigued.
Runners can further test their skills on The Ridge, an adjacent ridgeline that runs above the doubletrack that weaves through the Sandy Wash Trail. Between steep jaunts flirting with double digit grades, and short descents that mixes in 2-4 foot drops/drop-ins, The Ridge provides the more experienced rider with an array of challenges.
If that doesn't appeal to your whole group, runners can stick to the easier Family Line that parallels along. Your party will be able to keep tabs on each other while finding the right challenge on the way back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: City of Ashland