tburger: Thanks for the pictures. I am feeling more lured to this trail. I don't see myself climbing those rocks cleanly.
fc: The Saratoga Gap trail is only 1.7 miles. What else is there that I am missing out on, which trails should I not miss in Long Ridge?
I just Google mapped it, and the Gap parking lot is 44 min from my home. A long way to drive, when Alpine Rd is 15 min away (or 30 min by bike), Skeggs is 30 min away, and Demo is 62 minutes.
But if you guys say it is definitely worth the travel time, I will have to check it out. I was planning to make one of my rare trips to Skeggs next Monday morning, but perhaps I'll drive to Longridge or Skyline OSPs and ride down to Highway 9 and back...
Ahem... how long you been riding?
answer: Well, for the first 10 years of my biking life, I rode mostly whatever fireroads were close by: Tilden, St. Joe's, Windy Hill. Now that I got a nice bike last summer, and found guidance on mtbr, I have ridden Skeggs, Demo, Waterdog, Montebello, Russian Ridge, Coal Creek, and some of Skyline Ridge. With a nicer bike and nicer trails, my monthly mileage on the bike has gone up 5x-10x.