did Red Devil Tuesday. bone dry w/ the exception of "one" wet spot about 3 feet long. you don't normally see it that dry even in the fall.
One man's opinion, but for the same distance, I'd choose to out-and-back DG. When I descended lower MRT last summer, my overall impression was that you waste a ton of elevation going straight down the fall line in a sandy moto trench, for my money descending DG is more fun. Views from MRT are great, though.Coupla ways to do it. Riding up the trail is not too bad, then continue up Liberty/Beehive Rd to the top of Mission Ridge Trail and descend that, the classic figure 8. Or ride up the road (making sure to stay right onto old double track and not ascend Peavine Canyon) to Liberty/Beehive Rd. Then climb to MRT, descend.
For a shorter jaunt, climb DG trail to where MRT crosses (~9 miles) then turn left and descend MRT. Most riders don't ascend MRT.
For a longer jaunt, add in the Red Hill/Red Devil loop as well.
I ride it on my HT all the time because I don't have a full suspension. There are very few rocky sections or much that really requires FS. Upper Mission Ridge Trail is the only one that I wish I had a FS on.Planning to ride Devil's Gulch for the first time this weekend, as some form of loop or out-n-back. For mileage efficiency I'm thinking using my HT. Any thoughts on HT vs. SC Solo?
Plus, going down the the upper part of Devils Gulch from the upper trailhead and the 4-way at the saddle is one of the best rides in the state. I've been known to hurt myself and climbing it a couple of times just to experience it again in the DH direction.One mans opinion: Get an early start with your Full squish (you'll appreciate the downhill a lot more) and climb DG trail to the split, continue up DG to the top (about 12.5 miles), cross the road to the ridge and have a bite on the cool rock formations with a killer view, descend the same way. The views are so different looking up canyon climbing as opposed to down so it feels different. It is a very manageable and nice climb and super fun descent with not a ton of riding your brakes. Enjoy either way!
Hmmn, using Trailforks map - are you referring to the trail marked Devil's Spur or Upper Mission Ridge? or just the first part of Devil"s Gulch trail? TIAPlus, going down the the upper part of Devils Gulch from the upper trailhead and the 4-way at the saddle is one of the best rides in the state. I've been known to hurt myself and climbing it a couple of times just to experience it again in the DH direction.