Avoid if the conditions are wet. Period. Otherwise, the long climb from Storm Castle Trailhead that follows an increasing challenging road almost all the way to the top of Garnet Mountain, is diverse and breathtaking… And don’t feel bad if you end up pushing a little. The two-track is truly breathtaking, at times.
The downhill is plentygood for hooting and hollering, but there’s a few exposed areas and a sheer-wall hairpin or two, so watch the speed until you have all the curves memorized. This DH is so long that those of us without hydraulic brakes anticipate some soreness after all the squeezing.
If you’re looking for... Gosh, I don’t know what Garnet doesn’t offer, unless you seek the big ramps and trickery of designated DH routes and the lift-serviced goods.
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation gain: 2,500 feet
Seasons: Mid-June through September
Trails used: Storm Castle Creek Rd, FS road 3112, trails 416 and 85.
Map of trailhead:
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