I did the loop Sunday for the first time this year. Smith Creek is in pretty rough shape: overgrown and more erosion as always in this ever-changing landscape. Still a good ride. The loop is about 29 miles and will be a tough 29 miles: cruising the Smith Creek basin is not easy and there are a few hike-a-bike sections. Oh, and the descent down to Smith Creek is laugh out loud ridiculous! You'll love it. Then it ends with a nice gravel road climb.amtbr said:Last friday, Ive never been up there and some hardcore hiker told me about the smith loop, thats what he was doing but on foot! I'm going to try the smith loop next time, any idea on millage or other things to look out for? I went all the way to the visitors center, don't think I'll go do that section again though, pushing the bike up those stairs was a *****! Might hit it up this weekend, the rain should tighten up the trail some more.
I looked for it on Sunday and almost went for it, probing up a two-track after I made the fun descent down from crossing the "suspension" bridge and a few hundred yards up the road; but I was pressed for time and wasn't sure so I stuck with the familiar grovelling. Is that it? Or is it before you cross the bridge?thorir said:This is definitely the nicer route back to Ape TH though.