What's a wildcat trail? A wildcat trail is a trail that somebody made (or sometimes found) without anyone's permission that goes somewhere (usually somewhere cool or essential) where previously there wasn't a trail. Often they're pretty well-hidden, like any good secret. And likewise, information about their location often spreads by word-of-mouth. Nine times out of ten, they're right where you always thought, "Man, it would be so cool if there was a trail there."
Typically they're not especially well-built, sensible, or sustainable. Often they simply follow the path-of-least resistance to their destination. But because they receive far less traffic than sanctioned, system trails, this usually isn't that big a deal.
I'll tell you right now: I, for one, am a proponent of this sort of improvised, experimental, nonsanctioned, nonsystem social trail. And I don't really care how you feel about them... unless, of course, you are a proponent of them as well. As you should be. Because pretty much every trail that you love, if it wasn't built by volunteers in the last 10 years probably began as a wildcat trail. Or a road.
But, as I've already said, typically wildcat trails are not especially well-built or sustainable. However, some are.
We did an eight mile loop in just under two-and-a-half hours, with one short stop for snacks. It was a blast riding this incredible trail with Joe today.
An absolute, unmitigated, total blast.
More pictures (Thanks, Rockman!):