At the top of Reno Road/Italian Creek Road, look for a gate that leads to the singletrack heading downhill. Ride through the gate and straight ahead onto the marked Flag Creek singletrack.
CBMBA and the Forest Service recently reworked this smooth section of trail, so get ready for one of the best downhill runs anywhere. It is open, smooth, and full of fun whoopdie-doos so let ‘er rip! After three unbelievable miles you will cross a compacted gravel “bridge,” also known as a turnpike. Shortly after this you will enter the dark timber and come to an intersection. A right turn leads the rider across the creek and to the start of the Bear Creek Trail. There is a small sign here marking the Bear Creek Trail, where you can continue on the Ren0-Flag-Bear route.
You can also go straight at the intersection and pop out along Spring Creek road. (But why would you? Bear is so much better!)