High altitude, through forest, with steep loose, rocky descents
Start the ride at the beginning of the Drew Trail. The trail loses about 1500 feet in one mile. Much of it is very steep, loose and rocky to ride, but it can also be challenging fun. The Hiline Trail is a combination of everything from extremely technical to smooth and fast. There are some sections that are very technical. Definitely bring your complete bag of skills. It has the ability to make you a better rider because it demands so much. The Hiline Trail is a lot of work because it keeps rolling up and down. Military Sink Hole Trail begins slowly up through dense old-growth forests of pines, firs, and maples. Then it hits a long section of steep and rocky trail that may require you to do a hike-a-bike. Once to the top, connecting with Rim Trail, the ride mellows considerably travelling along the rim, paralleling the road, and back to your auto.
In many places the trail is a few feet from the edge of the cliff. The views are fantastic of the forests below and the mountains far beyond, but maintain your concentration when riding. It takes about 3+ hours to do the loop. Not only does this loop provide some great scenery and unbelievable biking, but it also had great wilderness value -- just about 100% singletrack.
How to get there:
Hwy. 260 to FR 300. Turn west on FR 300 and travel 5.4 miles to FR 9350. Turn south on FR 9350 and travel one mile. The trail sign is on the south side of the road.
Camping, facilities, small grocery store and many exploring opportunities