Nooge wrote:Yesterday was my first time at Big M. We rode it after a night of rain, which made the sand nice and firm. The bummer though was the trail markings and maps. The map linked by the trail guide doesn't show any one way trails but there are quite a few. At the park maps they show a few trails as one way (oh me II, catamount) which makes sense because they have really steep straight downhills with sand and deadfall that would make oncoming traffic dangerous.
However once you start riding to get to those trails, you run into "do not enter" signs on almost every trail on the way to them. Three sections aren't marked as one way on even the maps at the park. And most of these trails do not need to be one way.
If you want to follow the rules, there is only one route to do oh me II and catamount and that is to ride 1-20 in order counting up. That wouldn't be so bad if I knew that going in, but after being forced to go out of my way a few times we finally said screw it and just ignored the one way sections that weren't marked as such on the park map.
I'm sure this is due to the forestry service not the MMBA, but I want to give people a Hess up and maybe someone can get an updated and accurate map on the trail guide.
On a happier note, the trail was fun. There's a climb from 17 to 33 (good rd?) that's really tough. If you ride that way up to the fire tower and then ride it backwards it is an insane downhill.
the one way trail signs are for the xc skiers. too bad it doesn't say that somewhere, your ride would have been less strenuous