Knebal Springs Tr474 to Bottle Prairie Tr455 is a relatively short ride which pays off in a 3.5mi, 1000' corkscrewing downhill, and can be combined with the Eightmile Tr459 loop to extend the ride into a Figure-8 loop.
The trail surface gets loose and the dust gets thick in late summer, dry weather, but that would be a lousy excuse not to ride this one.
The forest service cut in a new lower section of Knebal Springs Tr474 so it's not necessary, or better, to climb FR1720 to approach Knebal Springs Tr474.
Start the ride from the Knebal Springs CG Trailhead, located at the east end of the CG.
Watch out for waterbars, treefall, horse-induced sinkholes and other downhill hazards designed to assist in your crash.
The west-end campground shortcut to FR1720 is no longer used and is abandoned.
Shortcut: An alternative to riding Knebal Springs Tr474 to the Bottle Prairie campground TH, then ascending Eightmile Tr459 (the safest option), an option is to climb part way up FR230, then bushwack downhill ~100' to the Eightmile Tr459, which connects to Bottle Prairie Tr455.
Note: The trail at the end of the gravel road can be the start of Bottle Prairie Tr455 but it is not marked or even used very much, so if you are not familiar with it, please don't try to use this route to start on Bottle Prairie Tr455.
Knebal Springs Tr474 to Bottle Prairie Tr455 can also be ridden from the Bottle Prairie CG or the Eightmile Crossing CG, shown on the Eightmile Tr459 page. Ride the Eightmile Tr459 section CW, for a great figure eight ride.
Want more? Tie these two in with the High Prairie Tr639 loop.
Note: There are bears and other large animals who may also wish to use the trail, so be sure to make some noise on the trail to help warn them you are coming.
Yodeling is optional, but disc brake squeal (or a bell) will get the job done.
CCW Loop Directions
Bottle Prairie Trail 455, Eightmile Creek Trail 459, Knebal Springs Trail 474
Bottle Prairie Campground, Eightmile Crossing Campground, Fifteenmile Campground, Knebal Springs Campground, Pebble Ford Campground, Sherwood Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.