My wife and I went on our first real MTB trail yesterday Saturday the 6th of Aug,
What a trip!!
We went on a trail from Fraiser Campground to Strawbery CA then back down a forest service road 9.2 miles. The first 3 miles were stedy up hill on an old rail road grade The last 6 miles on the forest service were a killer up and down hills all the way back to the parking lot. Up hill in each direction no fooling! If we would have done a U-turn at the end of the railroad grade it would have been much easier.
You can stop at the Pinecrest Ranger station and get a map of the trail.
I did my first face plant and lived to tell about it. It was my first crash in about 30 years. Face down right into the dirt cuts and scratches all over but none very bad. I wont even have anything to show at work.