Ride up Cement Creek as if you were doing Reno-Flag-Bear-Deadman’s. Climb to the top of Reno Divide Road. Instead of going through the gate at the top, turn right and continue climbing up the rough road. The road continues for a while, rolling along Reno Ridge with short, steep climbs following every brief descent. The views of Spring Creek and Matchless Mountains are exceptional. Views of Cement Mountain and the Elk Range can be glimpsed to the north.
After a few miles, the road forks. Stay right, and just as the main road starts another climb, there is the signed Reno Ridge singletrack on the right that has been etched into an old logging road. You’ll know you’re on the right path because several stiff berms have been built recently to discourage four-wheel use. This part gets better as you go.
The singletrack weaves around in the trees for a short distance then opens up into a beautiful meadow. The singletrack is very distinct now as it winds its way up and down the relief of Reno Ridge. After one last short climb hold on for a “pay attention” downhill. This section has become rutted in places, so…pay attention.
The trail dives down through a wonderful little aspen grove before ending at the top of the Deadman’s Gulch climb. Here you have some choices. If the weather is still looking iffy, turn right and descend down the Deadman Switchbacks to Cement Creek Road. Otherwise, turn left for a brief descent to the intersection with the Cement Mountain Trail.
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