So I finally made the ride yesterday on Helens for the first time! The ride was fantastic, other than super hot (started at 9:30, should have started at at 6:30am), the bugs were unreal (not bad if you keep moving, but if you stop on the climb you were attacked by tons of biting flies) and lastly and reason for the post.... whats the best route down? I just did an O & B to Windy Ridge. How is the Smtih Creek downhill? I know the climb out can be grueling if you don't make the shortcut and I am sure this question has been asked before.