gulf shores, AL
Pathfinder | 150 pts
Got ride up to Handy Springs campground via FR5900. Road is rough, but 4WD is not needed (we took a minivan). Trail along Devil's Backbone has been restored after 2007 fire. Entire trail is well-signed thanks to local ORV club. 1st 8 miles of trail had substantial snow (and this was late June); would recommend waiting until July to try this route. The last 10 mile descent along Pot Peak trail was incredible, spectacular views and single-track - totally worth the hassle of carrying bike over snow fields. Hike-a-bike up switchbacks in rock field (about 2/3 of way through ride) is very tough and requires substantial stamina. Highly recommended ride - not 5 stars due to snow and challenges of getting to top (riding up to Handy Springs would be a tough way to start this ride).