Woohoo, for this ride we started with Wire Mesa which is one of my favorite loops in the area, and added some new to us trails for a great ride of 21.3 miles with 1620′ of climbing.
There are two ways to get to this ride and I can no longer recommend going at it from the Rockville side. Crybaby hill as it’s called is so eroded and crappy that it is annoying even in a 4wd truck. It’s best to drive in from Smithsonian Butte Rd. With the crappy drive out of the way, we set out on the sweet, sweet singletrack at Wire Mesa. We rode in a clockwise loop but pretty quickly branched off on an unmarked trail to the left.
On the Trailforks App this trail is called Undisclosed. Oooooh, how secret sounding. The trail is more narrow than Wire Mesa and very fun. It winds and rolls through along, incorporating some slick rock slabs and generally flows very well. There is a short gravel road connector before you pick the trail back up again on the right. This section is more of the same and then you have a decision to make. Hop on the dirt road for a couple miles, or ride Dig It, a black diamond trail.
In the interest of not causing my arm to hurt too much, we opted for the road. It’s quick and leads to Pigs in Space Trail. I really liked this trail. It a moderate skill level trail with some a lot of edge of the mesa and rock ledge riding. The views up here are unforgettable! At the junction with More Money we hung a left for a short connector back to the gravel road. From here we retraced our route to Wire Mesa and finished that loop.
I finally finished reading River of Doubt about Theodore Roosevelt’s journey in the Amazon that basically killed him. Derek and I spend most days on an adventure but not to that extreme!!!!