If you don't climb much, its going to be a shock to the system. I went once around November, it was the first truly cold day I ever rode in and my first ride here. The climbs kicked my ass and I couldn't get my breathing right due to the cold. I turned around at about 2.5 miles in. I still want to get back and ride the whole thing, one of these days...But hey don't let me deter you Get out and have fun
I'd also make sure to start from the boat launch lot or main lot as if you start from the cush side you'll be in for a harder first few minutes Besides that hump from the cush lot, there are only 2 real big climbs, the switchback bit and that long climb after the trail does that Y split to either stay on the red or go down to the campground fire road. You get to go down both which are super fun. I'm a big fan of RV, good workout and nice views.
I went for a pilot ride today... Just got back. I started at cush, where big orange signs warned me that I could get shot september through february, and its still february. I figured they probably meant the beginning of Feb, so I rode for a mile or two before turning chicken and heading back. Plus it was coooold and my lungs hurt. (can't say I wasnt warned about the climb, but the main entrance was closed).
Anybody know if the hunting is still in progress? Its supposed to be nice tomorrow.
I rode there last weekend & the trails were litter with trees, branches etc. There was a least 4 blowdowns across the trial, which you can't get over on the bike. There's no way, knowing the park, that any of it will be cleaned up. I don't think water or mud will be much of a problem. & the climbs are all still there!