Mount Fromme - Pipeline
CAUTION: The trails are challenging and difficult and your use of them is at your own risk. You will find some sections of trail too difficult to ride. Please walk these sections to prevent injury to yourself. To prevent erosion, DO NOT walk off the trail or cut new sections. DO NOT alter the trails in any way.
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The Pipeline trail is a great introduction to more technically challenging trails on Fromme. There are no stunts but you will find this trail challenging for a beginner to the sport. It uses the terrain to great effect and doesn't require stunts to make it more challenging. There are drops throughout the trail and some really nice steep sections. When wet this trail can prove to be really tricky with all the roots and rocks that become slippery and can send you for a tumble. During the top portion of the trail you'll be riding down some sweet singletrack with some switchbacks. Don't panic during this section as all the drops are rideable just lower your saddle and lean back. The middle section has the steepest descent on the trail. Don't hit your front brake to hard on this section or you'll be one with the mountain. The final section has an area I refer to as the rock garden, you'll know it when you get there. It's probably the most technically challenging section of the trail. Have fun on this trail.
This is one of the few black trails I have a difficult time riding. The last time I rode it, it kicked me in the nutsack and laughed while doing it. Now for me, this would be a trail to practice on.
A lot of work has gone into the trail. It has a lot of stone work, not as much as Seventh Secret, but tons of rock had to be moved and put into place.
There are quite a few MMSs and two of note. Both are elevated ladder bridges and of length. One actually has a skinny near the beginning, closer to the end a teeter totter, and followed by another skinny before the exit ladder ramp. The other splits into two. The split on the right is more my speed and the the one on the left is a bit more techical.
The triple downhill woop-dee-doops looks worse than it actually is. I've never cleared them all at once. I generally do one at a time and once did the last two in a row. Pee brake afterwards.
Near the end is another MMS with skinnies and a longish teeter-totter. Just beyond my pay grade. This is shortly followed by a ladder bridge onto a boulder and then a ladder ramp down the other side. A really nice roll down. After this is a section with a lot of stone work.
After talking about the MMSs I should mention that the trail has roots, rocks, and challenging single track. Have fun on this trail and remember there is no shame in walking. Better to walk away, than be carried out.