Had a chance to ride the Chubb this weekend from West Tyson to Lone Elk and back. On the way back through West Tyson, on the section from the lookout to the picnic table, as my already tired lungs and legs were burning I wondered why the trail is routed almost directly uphill through this section.
Glancing at the topography, it appears that there are a couple route options within West Tyson that would offer a 5-6% grade (red line) versus the current routing's 8-9% grade (blue line). Would such a route pass through impassable terrain e.g. The Steps on steroids, that would make the route impassible for hikers/horses? Or was the current steep ridge-top route deemed sustainable due to the rocky terrain?
It looks like Chubb was originally blazed back in the eighties, was anyone here on the scene back then? (Chubb was awesome this weekend by the way)