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    Bristlecone trail

    So my bro and I went up there on Sunday not really sure where we were going. Found the lower bristlecone trailhead, parked, then proceeded to huff it up the fire road for about 3.5 miles. Then it turned into what we felt was a very narrow single track with several tricky boulders and roots that we felt more comfortable walking rather than riding. We continued for about another 15 min or so riding what we could but mostly walking and the trail never seemed to "ease up" and become more rideable. So we turned around and went back down the fire road to the car.

    Did we miss a turn or something? It didn't look what I remember watching on some YouTube videos.

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    Ryan

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    Sounds right. Im going to assume that you are a beginner level rider if you felt that trail was too difficult. There is no shame in walking things that you might think are above your skill level. My advice keep riding and try things that make you a bit uncomfortable to ride so that you develop the skills for riding this trail. before you know it you will be laughing at yourself for thinking that trail was tough. Its especially helpful to have a fellow rider to encourage and maybe even pick up the pieces after a crash We have all been there. Have you tried the Cottonwood trail system yet? while there are some tough trails out there most of it is geared toward less technical rides.

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    Thanks Shawn I'll have to try that trail again. I'm not a complete newbie. I've got probably 200+ miles or so under my belt at cottonwood. Ridden anthem a few times. I feel my skill level is ok. I think it was the intimidation of the new type of terrain that made us most uncomfortable. Plus we weren't even sure we were in the right place.

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    There are really no turns for that trail. Follow the fire road up and there will be a final steep, short climb, then it is all down hill from there. I love that trail, the climb is a good workout if you push it, and if you enjoy quick downhill single track, you can really push your self. I ride a 150mm travel full suspension, so I can have some fun on that down side. I have to ride early though because I'm afraid I'm going to plow down some hikers.

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    Did you guys by chance miss the downhill singletrack? There is a right hand turn(or straight if you will) thqt is a hiking only trail. At 3.5 miles in you should have started to desend through the trees and single track.
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

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    I agree with Redmon, sounds like you went right (almost straight as has been said) at the only trail turn off. That will take you onto the Bonanza peak trail which is hiking only and way more narrow and less bike friendly. You need to turn left there and then it's fun. It's been a while since I was up there, but it was not well marked at all then and I doubt that it's any better now. Check Google maps or Google Earth and you can see the turn off for the Bonanza trail and the Bristlecone trail to the left. Watch out for hikers though. The trail can get busy with foot traffic...that's why I mostly avoid it on weekends.

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