Before responding like a game show contestent, I thought "well what trail is my favorite"? An inhale followed by held breath I pondered over the possibilities. The brain scanning the memory bank of trails, experiences, connections, accidents, epics, adventures, and feelings. Was it a time in my life or just a good story that wanted to blurt out the answer to my friends question? Was "it" from yesterday's ride or from a time while living in college, otherwise known as the second childhood?
Well, I responded in classic beer in hand fashion some trail out there that upon introspection, was not really my favorite trail. Well, maybe it is, is it? It changes depending on mood you know...
So, I'm here to report on how I got to decide what my vote is for the trail with the most value. Think as it as a trail giving you good value. I asked a couple of questions; One, what kind of trail schools me? Two, what kind of trail gives to the rider and what also demands respect? Three, what trails are I riding right now (or planning to visit soon)and why do I choose them?
My answer: A trail that offers a technical challenge to my current abilities. A trail that has good flow. A trail that has some good views and travels some pretty countryside.
So I chose one called Legendary, or Legends. Its an off the radar in Sedona, Az. Its pretty rocky, follows the rim of a canyon with plenty of varying terrain. I'd say it won't really become a popular trail because its really for the advanced rider who likes short powerful climbs, small ridable lines, a few fall here and you will die sections. No jumps or anything like that. It seems remote. No big swoopy downhill section. No destination like a waterfall. So why that one? I've only ridden it twice and for now it challenges me to ride it clean. I'm 85% there. It holds my attention every moment when riding it. It reminds me of learning how to ride this type of terrain and enjoy it, and how my skills have developed since last time I was there. It was about a year ago. There are no chill and pedal sections. I see the workmanship in the trail creators and see what challenges they have created. Wow, that took a lot of work. And finally why did I go back and will I return? I went back because I wanted to see where it went. I know now, mystery solved. And yes, I will go back, most likely with a few other riders who might like it too.
Photos of Legendary trail, Sedona, and Nod on the Little Bear, Flagstaff. That was what I blurted out without really thinking.
So, what trail has good value for you?