It took me three tries, but I was able to clean these steps going both up and down hill. Steve caught this on video along with the switchback immediately before, the images in the video look a lot flatter than they do in this photo Check out the video !
The real highlight of the trail was a section called Enchanted Forest loop. The Enchanted Forest Loop starts with a narrow steep technical section with 12" droppoffs, large roots, ruts, and a precarious dropoff to the side. After the top section there is a short section of steep smooth singletrack which sets you up to be going way to fast over some more dropoffs and exposed roots. If you survided that prepare for a sharp hairpin at the bottom of the hill.
Steve had a near miss the first go and this photo was snapped moments before Steve plunged off the side of the trail on his second attempt. Steve injured his shoulder, landed in poison oak, and lost his appetite for tough downhills (for the day).
We were about half way down and Steve didn't want to reride the top so we switched the helmet camera to me so I could film the Enchanter Forest. I restarted the Loop with the camcorder and as soon as I cleaned the tough stuff at the top of the trail I started picking up speed for the faster singletrack.
I hit the bottom section going way too fast and launched over the center of this 18" dropoff I would have otherwise avoided. Somehow I managed to stay vertical and avoid or ride over the exposed roots at the bottom. I figured Steve had some awesome footage for his video.