Distance: 980 m
Time: 10 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 4 m
Elevation Loss: 185 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Indy 500 is a challenging and committing descent not for the inexperienced rider, located in the Mackenzie Area. The trail continues where High Indy leaves off, at the Waco Connector junction. It may be shuttled using the Mackenzie FSR, or ridden to by climbing Happy Trail.
Indy 500 contains a few technical rock faces and steep-as-hell rock slabs. However, the majority of the trail is down several segments of fall-line (straight down) that have eroded over the years, making them much more vertical, if that’s even possible. The annual spring runoff has deepened the ruts along these sections of trail, adding to the challenge. Riders will spend a good portion of their time descending Indy 500 with their ass cheeks clenched and tucked behind their seat to keep from going over the bars. No Technical Trail Features (TTFs) can be found on this trail – just loose dirt and rocks. Hang on to your bike, clench those cheeks, and get ready for a fast and steep descent.
It’s important to note that halfway down the rocky and loose descent, the trailhead for Giv’r is found. Giv’r is a short bypass to a very challenging section on Indy 500 and serves as a link to Waco Connector when ridden out. Choose to ride Giv’r as a bypass to the technical section on Indy 500 or exit onto Waco Connector if you feel like you’re in over your head.
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Access to Indy 500 is found on the south side of Waco Connector. The trailhead is well signed. When you’ve completed the descent down High Indy onto Waco Connector, look for Indy 500 to begin directly across from where High Indy pops out.
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