This ride was hands down the hardest mountain bike trail I've ridden. I loved every minute of it. The climb up there was definitely less than desirable, but holy shit was it worth it. It's one of those rides you will spend the next week thinking about how you should just go do it again.
I'm just a guy in Northern California that loves riding bikes. Most of my time is spent on a mountain bike. I also own a single speed for around town and commuting. Last but not least I own a cross bike. I couldn't bring myself to buy a road bike just so I could do long road rides that had more climbing than I could handle on the SS. That was my compromise. I'm originally from Pennsylvania and have that blunt east coast attitude. Some people love it, some people hate it. Either way I wake up in the morning.