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The ride starts out on the Precipice Trail (with the option to ride the parallel portion of Barrel Roll instead).
The Precipice Trail starts out smooth and mellow enough, but then gets tricky after about a mile in.
The Barrel Roll option is a little easier.
The Precipice (or Barrel Roll) trail, along with the attached Sidewinder Trail, and the first mile of the Suicidal Tendencies Trail, serve as the stem in a lollipop route with the rest of Suicidal Tendencies being the loop at the top of a separate mesa.
What that means is that you are starting atop one mesa , dropping into a huge wash between mesas, and climbing up onto the second mesa.
Then it's the loop, then return by dropping down and climbing back up the way you came. Have a good look at that drop before you commit, as you need to be sure you will have the energy to climb back out...
both ways! If you're up to it, this is a unique and very entertaining ride.
If you complete this route and are still fresh, hit the rest of the remaining six-mile Barrel Roll loop on the way out.
If not, there's no shame in simply bypassing Barrel Roll and coasting back down Precipice or lower Barrel Roll back to the start While Precipice is variable in technical challenge and Sidewinder is consistently intermediate, Suicidal Tendencies will throw a good number of challenges at you.
The name may be a bit overstated, but there are hazards in the form of narrow tread with serious exposure to one side, and tight switchbacks where missing a turn can have very serious consequences.
Once atop the second mesa, the exposure disappears and the loop will be a comfortable but fun jaunt for an advanced rider, and a great place for an intermediate to face a nice variety of rock obstacles. After completing the loop, it's back down into the wash and up the big climb to the decision point: to roll Barrel Roll or not to roll Barrel Roll? You can either add on the Barrel Roll loop for additional mileage, or return directly to the trailhead for a shorter ride. -Written by John Fisch