Shingle Creek Details
A Friend and Myself took a chance on shuttling this trail with the dirt road that terminates near the top. The road approach is extremely rough, very rocky and hard on your vehicle. We had 4wd trucks and still had a technical clmb and descent through many rock gardens.
The actual trail was extremely difficult both physically and mentally due to the MANY fallen trees, river crossings, and rocky sections too sketchy to ride. We had to dismount so much we were carrying our bikes more than we were riding. Occasionally the trail would open up enough to begin having a good time but inevitably there was a creek, fallen trees, etc interrupting the actual riding. This trail is high up in the mountains and a little bit remote. There was no cell phone service for either of our carriers if an accident happened, which could easily happen with the rocky nature of trail.
In short, this trail is best left to hikers and equestrians. The scenery was beautiful, but our experience was more of a survival experience than a fun shuttle ride. As far as starting at the bottom and riding up, the man made water bars are just too often and too ridiculous in design to enjoy both the ascent and descent.
It's been a few weeks but I promised I would warn other riders to avoid this trail. It's mostly not rideable and would be a bad place to be injured.
Local Trail AssociationSouth Summit Trails Foundation (www.southsummittrails.org)
More Stats for Shingle Creek mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,066 ft
Altitude min1.4 miles
Altitude max1.8 miles
Altitude start1.4 miles
Altitude end1.8 miles
Distance climb4.5 miles
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat2,095 ft
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