The Ryan-Henderson-Marathon-Saint-Pat's Loop
You can start at the Ester Community Park (as indicated on the map)
or the easier way would be to go up to the big powerline on Henderson
park there. Ride out the powerline and take any number of trails that
off uphill from the powerline. Very shortly, these trails put you out
the Ryan Lode Mine. Ride through or around the mine to Henderson.
on up Henderson to Ester Dome Road. From there you could either drop
the way down Ester Dome Road or go across it and pick up the Equinox
Marathon trail, which parallels Ester Dome Road and comes out near the
bottom of the hill.
NOTE: if you do take the
Marathon Trail Route, there are a couple things to be mindful of.
The bottom of this trail is kind of tricky and rooty and you'll
probably want to lean back in the saddle and/or take it a tad easier
coming down that part of the trail and when you come out onto Ester
Dome Road, be EXTREMELY CAREFUL
TO WATCH FOR TRAFFIC before
shooting out onto Ester Dome Road!
Either way, you end up at the intersection of Ester Dome Road and St. Patricks Road. Turn at St. Patricks and follow it for the next three miles to Henderson and then take Henderson back to your car. Total distance is around 13 miles back to the park, 11 back to the powerline.