Bring enough food and drinks when you try this ride. A combination of single and dual track that takes you well into no-man's land. The loop is best ridden counterclock-wise. Start from the Little Elbow Trailhead parking. Cross the bridge and get yourself on Big Elbow. At some point (use GPS as poorly marked) get of Big Elbow (go East) and join Three Point Mountain trail. You'll have to ford the "Big" Elbow river and pick up the trail on the other side. The first stretch is pretty intense. It is a steep climb and the route is used by horse riders as well. Most bits are rideable - some are not. Gradually the trail flattens out and it is "smooth sailing" from then on. There is your humps and bumps but nothing extraordinary. Your biggest challenge is making sure you stay on the trail in the various meadowy valleys crossed by the Three Point Mountain Trail. Marking is virtually non-existent - but that is also the charm of this tour. The other challenge will be clearing the muddier sections. There is cattle in the area and they can do all sorts of ugly things.
After a good 9 k on Three Point Mountain it is time to turn the bike east and find Volcano Creek trail. It is easy to get confused here because there is a horse riders camp ground. Lots of little trails going different directions. Trailforks will save you here. Volcano Creek Trail itself is not that well marked. It is a trail. Well rideable. Take note of how small the creek itself is . It is hard to believe, but that stream cuts through one of the deeper canyons you'll see in the area. More on this later...
At the bottom of Volcano Creek Trail, head straight north on Volcano Ridge Trail. The (short) climb up is unpleasant. Hike-a-bike might be needed. The trail becomes dual track . Once higher up you're back to easy riding. That is, until you descend into the Three Point Creek. If you've not been there before, and have no map or anything you're likely to spend time finding the trail on the other side of the creek. Once you have found it, you're on another grind. Not super-hard or steep, but long enough to make you tired. Once you get to the top it is time for dessert. A quick flat "road" takes you to the top ofthe Volcano Creek Canyon. Way down in the deep you'll see that small creek mentioned before, and you'll wonder how that creek cut that canyon.
The views are spectacular.
After that it is a matter of getting back to the car. More trail finding to get on Wild Horse Trail. This will take you through meadows which are grazed by cows which don't always get out of the way. You'll run into horse riders here. Give them some space. Also, there has been logging in the area since we were last there - so routes may have changed
Just as you think you are done with the climbing (you are coming out of the meadows) there is one more slog up. By this time most folks riding this loop are toast - so this climb is not the most liked feature of the ride. However, the descent is well worth it. Very fast in places, and technical in others. If you are a beginner rider,or if downhill is not your thing, take it slow, and walk some of the sections.
Once at the bottom, hit a sharp left (west). Right or straight will take you into the river. That is a doable option by the way, but not when the river is high.
Conventionals will head west on the last 3km of WildHorse trail. That will take you to the Big Elbow River (bed), which you can ride through and you're back home.
Don't ride this too early (May) or too late (Sept) in the season . The trails go through some high country and take a while to dry out. Awesome ride though
More Stats for Forgetmenot Rounder mountain bike route
Altitude min5,179 ft
Altitude start5,285 ft
Altitude end5,285 ft
Distance climb12 miles
Distance down13 miles
Distance flat4 miles