I definitely plan to head out there again...I was wondering what it would be like in Spring, although the end of July was perfect. -dave
Spring is usually not a good time in those mountains. Consider the mud, muck and
swampy places you saw in July, it much worse than that. The earliest I've ever ridden
some of those trails is early May and it was much worse then than in June or July.
If they have a mild winter like this year you probably could have made it through there
in April but when they get the amount of snow they usually do you may be attempting
to push it through deep snow in spots and the mud is well, davis can advise better than
I since he lives down there.
Bad part is, the Forest Service usually doesn't get around to cutting trees off the trails
till after Memorial Day. We were down there on Memorial Day weekend this year and
there were an unbelievable number of trees down on most the trails. We had a good
time anyway just trying to see how many of them we could ride over.
Let us know when you plan to come back down. There are a bunch of other trails in
the area just a short distance from there. You could spend a week there and likely
never ride the same trails twice.