Rating Categories (all based on
0-5, 5 being the best or most difficult)
|ST (Single Track)
||Changed this category - simplified.
Basically just the width of the trail, maybe adjusted a bit for
flow. Higher the #, the better.
ST0 = No singletrack all
ST5 = 100% tight singletrack
||Do you know where you are? Do you
know if you will be coming home tonight? That is the question..
A zero rating would be a trip through a very small state park with
extremely well marked trails and tons of
rating is reserved for all day epic rides requiring route finding
skills, running from bears and eating insects for food... See
blair witch movie..
|Climbing (should I bring my anti-gravity
||This will depend on what route you take..
Obviously! But in general here it is 0=Flat (A-cup) 1=(250 to 500ft)
2=(500 to 1000) 3=(1000 to 2000) 4=(2000 to 5280) 5=vertical
mile or more... A negative in front of the # would indicate a
one way downhill or shuttle.. +2, -4 for example means you climb
like 1000 feet and descend like 3000 feet or so!!
|Free Ride Factor
||Huck-A-Bility (yes I make up new words
every day).. Are there good drops on and off the trail??
Log rides, gaps, rollers, anything that is natural and requires some
gonads to accomplish..
|Fun - Factor
||Just because a trail is difficult, doesn't
necessarily mean its good..
||Clicking those ruby slippers won't get you
out of this one Dorothy! This category includes exposure (should
I bring my climbing gear?),
crazy stunts, steep downhills and rock rides, proximity to nearest
shooting range (make that ranges) etc..
||I.E. stunts - Wood that's
fallen from the sky in the form of home depot ladders.. Carefully
arranged rocks or logs - anything that keeps your bike off the trail
and saves the environment.. Rating based on number of ramps,
construction and difficulty..
|| How freakin FAN-tastic are the
||Technicalities - Manuvers on your bike
that require skill, balance, strength and technique! Rock gardens,
steep ups, gnarly downs, log crossings etc..
||The overall rating is NOT an average of
the above, but uses the above characteristics to provide an overall
evaluation of the ride.