I'd waited a long time to do this trail and finally got a chance to ride it. A shuttle for this trail is a must for everyone except the most hardcore riders. The "ride" starts with a half-mile of hike-a-bike up a steep hill. Then it's mostly downhill for about 7 miles. But it's not an easy downhill. It's rough and tough for those who may not be true downhillers.
This IS one of the most beautiful trails around. The views are incredible. You ride through a wide variety of vegetation and scenery, from pine tree forests, desert ridgebacks, hoodoos and everything in between. This certainly isn't a boring trail.
The downhill sections can be challenging and a little intimidating to beginner and intermediate riders (like myself). Those who afraid of heights may want to choose another trail.