Bear Creek Tr943 to Mount Clifty Tr947 rely on a rugged section of Manastash Ridge Tr1388, creating a challenging CW loop ride.
FR1911 and FR780 are an alternate way to get to the Manastash Ridge Tr1388 ridgeline, shortening the ride by a few miles.
The first 5.5mi of Bear Creek Tr943 could be used for a moderate 11mi (2900' ascent) OAB ride.
The first 3.5mi of Bear Creek Tr943 would be rated as an Easy trail, and could be added as a diversion from a Pyramid Peak Tr941 ride.
Ding: Constant Orv traffic has rutted these trails, especially Manastash Ridge Tr1388, forcing many of the ascents to be hike-a-bike. The trail surface is often washed out, sandy and rocky, making it difficult to stay on the bike during the many brief ascents along the ridgeline.
Steepness: The last 1.5mi of Bear Creek Tr943 is a 16% grade. There is a tough detour near Cub Creek Tr943A, with .5mi of 15% grade, as the trail wanders off and back onto the ridgeline. Manastash Ridge Tr1388 includes a steady 15% grade Blazed Ridge ascent.
Bear Creek Tr943 crosses the West Fork Bear Creek several times, so should be avoided in the Spring and after heavy rains.
Legos Tr942 could be used to extend the Bear Creek Tr943 to Mount Clifty Tr947 loop, and is an easier way to get to Manastash Ridge Tr1388 than by using Bear Creek Tr943 or the forest roads.
Legos Tr942 to Bear Creek Tr943 creates a moderate 15mi (4300' ascent) CW Loop.
Although Pyramid Peak Tr941 merges with Legos Tr942, that loop would include climbing back out of the North Fork Little Naches river valley, to the Green Pass ridge.
Better to use FR1913 and FR784 to start a Legos Tr942 ride.
Not drawn on the map, Pyramid Peak Tr941 nears FR1903 it is possible to ride over to the road from the trail, limiting the fireroad use for this ride.
Best Area Guide
Bear Creek Trail 943, Cub Creek Trail 943A, Manastash Ridge Trail 1388, Mount Clifty Trail 947, Pyramid Peak Trail 941, Legos Trail 942, Greek Creek Basin Trail 1321.2
American Forks Campground, Cedar Springs Campground, Cottonwood Campground, Crow Creek Campground, Halfway Flat Campground, Hells Crossing Campground, Indian Flat Campground, Jungle Creek Campground, Kaner Flat Campground, Little Naches Campground, Lodgepole Campground, Pine Needle Campground, Pleasant Valley Campground, Sawmill Flat Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.