The first five miles are on a Forest Service road. It’s not for motorized use, and a couple of hills are long enough for good cardio, but it’s still a road. From the “Five Mile Bridge,” riders can continue along the road or opt for singletrack up the “Wall of Death,” a stretch of exposed side-hilling that looks to have high cheese-grader potential, but death? Seems unlikely.
A good trainer, but there’s lots of foot traffic (and XC skiers in winter), so once you’re on the road again, it’s advisable to keep your speed reasonable. Imagine clobbering a golden retriever at speed... The results would be terrible for all parties involved.
If you’re looking to... stretch the distance a whole lot, a trail leaving Mystic Lake ties into Bear Canyon, and a fork off the road below Mystic reaches over into the Hyalite drainage.
Distance: A 13-mile "lollipop" route
Elevation gain: 1,400 feet
Seasons: Late-April to October
Trails used: 979, 436
Map of trailhead:
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