When we hear the word "Road" in a trail name we typically start to question if the trail is even worth checking out (sorry to all the fireroad fan's just a little bit of full disclosure), however The Oat Hill Mine Road is quite the exception. This trail has a bit of everything, it is challenging singletrack riding, in a very beautiful area. Now for the bad news, the climbing is tough, even for those of us that ride all the time, this one is just a hard climb but it is rewarding.
This is a destination trail that should be on your must ride list!
The ride starts with a long climb, around 4 miles and then it turns to a technical climb for another mile which means you will be going through water so be sure to fill your pack to the brim and bring some snacks. Once you make it to the top, enjoy a short break and cash in your reward. Note that a lot of people do bring there bighit bikes on this ride, and wear full armor suits, it is certainly an option, we did fine on our all mountain bikes, in certain places more travel would have been nice, and the armor may have provided some extra comfort as well, but we felt okay with out of most of the terrain.
Go ride this trail!
Trail offers just about everything. Very challenging technical climb - easy start offers a good warmup, gets more and more difficult as you ascend - fun granite rock fingers toward the top that will challenge your balance and stamina. About a 1.5 hour climb to the top - around 2K feet in elevation gain. This is a 5 technical rating if one goes to the top (on the bike). All the climb is worth it with the never ending downhill - again very technical sections and flowy single track areas - also cool history one can still see the cinnibar mine supply wagon wheel ruts carved in some sections of the granite and old miners camp ruins - foundation blocks at the top.
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