AKA Climbing Trail
ANTICIPATED COMPLETION: 2018
Unless we're on one of Joy Ride's gravel grinders, we'll take riding up singletrack over riding up logging roads any day of the week. And, boy, are there few more joyless climbs than slogging up to the top of Little Larch Mountain Trail via the heavily trafficked C-6000 road. A singletrack route up to LLMT was a must-have.
At the same time we were thinking about a more enjoyable, less steep way to get up to LLMT, we also realized that the Forest lacked a true spot where kids and/or those just starting out biking could come to build their skills. From there, the climbing trail, now tentatively called "Level Up," was born.
With this trail, we're killing two birds with one stone. On the kids/beginner side, Level Up will provide three different loop options of increasing length/difficulty out of the Fall Creek area. For beginners, Level 1 will climb from the bottom of the current LLMT on the other side of the C-6000 road. From there, it will hook in to the very lowest part of the LLMT for a short, 1-mile "practice loop." This section will also have a small skills-building area with some engineered "technical trail features" to help increase confidence on the trails. Level 2 will continue up through the clear cut and leave tree area on the north side of the C-6000 road up to the LLMT BBQ area. From there, riders can traverse over to lower LLMT for a solid beginner loop. And, of course, Level 3 is climbing all the way up to LLMT and then descending LLMT from the top. Alternatively, until you're comfortable with LLMT, riders can just turn around and do Level Up as an out-and-back ride for an easier way down from the top.
Ultimately, this trail will also connect up with Green Line 6 (via a new connector) to provide a fully singletrack means of hitting LLMT on the way down from Capitol Peak. Phase 1 (the lower Level 1 loop) should be completed by the Summer of 2018, with the remaining route hopefully completed by the end of the year. The GL6 connector should get rolling by late 2018 and be completed by Summer 2019.
Work parties for this trail are the second Saturdays of every month. See our work party schedule for details.