Skill Rating: Black 1
The entrance to Inner Vortex can only be reached from Maelstrom, which is why it has a Black Rating, it really is only a Blue 3 in actual skill required but first you need to get there on Maelstrom.
This is further complicated by the fact that it exits back onto Maelstrom and you then have to survive that section of trail too…regardless, it’s a Black 1.
Immediately after the 4 table top jumps on Maelstrom the entrance shoots off to the right over another small launch that drops you into the middle of a very very fast right hand berm (well maybe it is a Black Route).
You will then climb over a mound and begin a long single track climb that is very popular as training with the XC race snakes.
It’s all down hill (in a nice way) from there leading through a 90 degree left and then 90 degree right and into a gradual circular right, down over a log launch and then into a sharp left through trees.
From this point on you will be dicing with the possibility of a bath in the stream that runs next to the trail because the downhill begs for speed but the trail twists and turns to ultimately hit a gee-out berm section that has stream on the other side (don’t top out on this one) before beginning another long twisty climb.
From the top of the hill it’s downhill to the trees again crossing a couple of launch sites with a really fun log ramp that leads over the stream and launches you into the trees. Remember that your bike won’t steer without the wheels on the ground.
After dodging through the trees you’ll come to another log ramp leading across another stream that lands you back onto the main route of Maelstrom.
If you would like some tips on how to ride berms and humps and other trail features just go to the REGISTER button and grab a password. It’s free and then you will access menus that you cannot see now with text, pictures and video instruction.