After a 0.75 mile “thin-out” loop in the Deep Lake Campground, you will enter into the famous and revered Deep Lake mountain bike trail system. You’ll follow the normal Saturday flow which is clockwise (opposite from the traditional flow), taking the southern trail west toward Devil’s Soup Bowl. You’ll hang a left at the Graves Hill Overlook parking area and head south on two tracks and gravel roads. After surviving the infamous Sager Road (our version of Mordor perhaps?), you’ll hammer several miles of scenic and moderately hilly gravel roads throughout Middle East. First a little south, then east, then north, then west, and finally south, eventually onto the rugged Bassett Lake Road (“road” is a generous term) with a lung-busting climb. You’ll finish the race with a final 5 miles of pure Deep Lake awesomeness, entering in at the Pines section. Look for the trailhead sign on your right along the road and a nice grove of pines. Don’t go straight after turning right; take a quick left and follow the trail along the road before turning right and climbing into the ridge of pines. After some fairly technical riding, the most challenging of the day, you’ll have some windy but fast trail before finishing in the campground, aka the Shire, where you will be welcomed home as a Lord of the Springs.
It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.