The trail up Ribbon Creek from the parking lot to Link junction is now officially open, though a little rough in places still. The main thing is: All 6 bridges are in place. It’s touted for hikers and snowshoers, and, interestingly, the steps up to bridge #3 have double the tread, presumably to accommodate snowshoes. Distance 2.5 km.
The new ski/bike trail goes nowhere near the flagging mentioned in the last post on Ribbon Creek! From the expected rolling cross-country trail it’s morphed into of those up-down trails in the trees with a height gain of 104 m (340 ft) from the parking lot. One skis up Hidden trail, then Centennial Ridge trail (Coal Mine in winter) for 600 m before turning off left onto the new trail that is 1.2 km in length. More easy uphill leads to the high point. After an uncharacteristic stretch of flat old road, the descent into Ribbon Creek across the steep hillside is a doozie: killer S-bends followed by a succession of steep hills, much steeper than anything on Link or Kovach with which it will be combined. In our estimation this trail could be rated hard intermediate, but it will be interesting to see how it skis. Who’s going to be the first to report back?
I imagine bikers will use it in the east to west direction. Snowshoeing? Lots of hard work and no views. Hiking? Unless you’re in training forget it. Distance 3 km from the parking lot to Link junction. What I can tell you is that novice skiers and bikers will probably be using the trail up the creek.