Just wanted to add a few things: first of all, this is an intermediate ride. lots of exposure and a hole lot of climbing! be ready for a great workout! Secondly, It is $5 to park at the ranger office or a forest adventure pass. (you must have one already as they do not sell on site) What I usually do is just get the ticket ($5) and pay it later but if anyone has an adventure pass already and wants to carpool, I can fit one extra bike on my rack :)
It has been forever since I rode this place, but i drove over the ortega highway and was reminded how beautiful it was so now I want to ride it!!!
Expect a 2+ hour ride with stunning views and a great ride down
leaving not SO early in the morning because im sure its going to be cold!!!
lets do the whole thing plus the upper loop.