Summary: I rode this trail in conjuction with an adventure race. I did a pre-race ride two days before the race and then in the race. In my opinion this trail was terrible. I know, any trail is better than no trail, but in this case, I'll go somewhere else. I'm sure riding the day after the remnants of Hurricane Isidore dropped 5 inches of rain didn't help, but during the race it had dried significantly and the trail still sucked. This is a horse trail and probably should stay that way. Go to Hickory, Nebo, or Gnaw Bone if you want to ride down south. I'm all for technical rides, but this trail was eroded so bad that many sections were nothing more than climbing rock filled gullies. The challenge was avoiding the Horse "land mines" in the middle of the trail. The mud was terrible and the trail was completely blocked by trees in 5 different places. I am a speed junky and really like to fly on the trails and you just can't do that here. I'm sure some people like the challenge presented by Young's Creek -- to each their own. In my opinion I'll run here for my adventure races, but for fun -- I'm going somewhere else (anywhere else). I've ridded very technical trails in other states (W.V., Colorado, U.P. of Michigan, etc..) This may have been a fun technical ride at some point, but with the damage caused by erosion from horse riding, its better days are past. Now for the ride detail. I started at the North Parking lot and rode clockwise. Coming out of the parking lot there are a few rocky areas with some fun gullies and a few small crossings. About a mile into the trail the real mud starts (If its rained recently). Between the first and second county road crossings is a mutha of a hill climb that switches back across some slick rocks. Between the two CR 550 S crossings is the best ride. The trail SEEMS to be in better shape here than in the rest of the trail. This section accounts for about 1/3 of the trail miles. There is one wicked downhill that has a 90 about half way down. It is very rocky and ends at a small creek crossing. It was really the only "fun" part of the ride. I actually stopped, walked by bike back up to the top and did it again. I shouldn't have, because I flattend by front the second time. As any good trail, a good downhill is followed by a wicked uphill and this holds true. After coming out on CR550s the second time, take the time to clear any mud and check your gears. The last section from CR550S back to the parking lot is real tough. You turn left off of the road into a gully which is filled with rocks and manure. You follow this gully for what seems to be forever. You will never be so happy to see you vehicle as you will after riding this trail. Watch for the trees blocking the trail, they pop up on you.
Recommended Route: Clockwise
Other recommended trails in the same area: Nebo, Gnaw Bone, and some of the Hickory Ridge trails (the ones the horses tend to stay off of).
Review Date August 22, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: cj
, from indy
Summary: I rode this trail hoping to improve my technical skill rather than fitness level......which can be better done on the road.......and I left with a real sense of accomplishment. The trailhead is marred with trash (At least when I was there) , including glass that seems to be sprinkled down the first few yards of the trail, so be wary of flats early on. Fortunately this was about the only frustrating thing that didn't occur during the ride. The trail is scattered with numerous sections of horse tracks. Several of the technical downhills lead you into a soft mud bogs of horse hoof tracks. This fact, at first, was very tough to negotiate , but near the second half of the trail it became much easier to negotiate (basically it wasn't such a surprise anymore, so one could prepare the neccesary 'spin'/momentum). Many of the flat areas were nearly impossible to gain any sort of tempo or momentum because they were dominated by muddy areas laiden with deep (6"-1') horse tracks. One section was about 30 feet long....yes it sucked donkey ballz. I was surprised to find this because it hadn't rained in about 5 or 6 days. Once getting near the "rooster crossing" I was relieved to find the gravel road to clear my wheels of the caked on mud icing. Hearing the roosters crow, or whatever they call their noise, was also a relief because I wasn't sure I was still on the right trail. The second half of the trail (the part after riding on CR 550/CR175) was much better for me because I knew the main obstacles (i.e. horse tracks, mud bogs, rocky loose descents and the muthatrucking bigazz spiders/webs in the middle of the trail) and how to handle them. The pinnacle to a very long and difficult (mainly mentally frustrating) was running over a local on my bike...........a local 3 foot snake that is. Luckily it was a few meters from the final climb, so it gave me plenty of adrenalin to help blast up the last tough climb. Overall, I really hated the trail because it was pretty annoying having to deal with the horse mud bogs.......but I believe that if it was dryer it could be really great a trail for honing your technical prowess. I probably wont go back soon, but I really have learned to appreciate the wonderland called NEBO ridge. Once you get back to the trailhead, you'll be thanking your god or rooster or something like that. I expected to finish the 10.8 mile loop in about an hour, but after all of the challenges and a few indos it took about an 1hr. 25min. So, if you go, plan accordingly. I really wish that someone could learn them horseriders some trail etiquette. They could really use a bit of trail maintenance here.
Recommended Route: same
Other recommended trails in the same area: Nebo Ridge, Hickory Ridge, Wapehani (if in Bloomington and short on time), Gnaw Bone
Review Date June 11, 2000
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Steve R
, from Indianapolis
Summary: This trail is labeled as one of the most difficult in the state. Not as technical as others I've ridden, but the climbs seem non-stop and the downhills are a wild ride. The trail is made tougher by the horse tracks that have set into the mud and really torn up the trail and made it very difficult to pass the flat spots. Where there is mud, it's uneven and deep. I have a hardtail, my buddy a dualie,I had a hard time steering on the downhill, I was bounding all over. None-the-less, very fun and challenging, worth the trip. Longest 10 miles I've ridden.
Recommended Route: There is basically one loop 10.8 miles, but I saw one or two places to veer off.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Hickory Ridge, Nebo