sorry, back to the trail. the singletrack continued down the slope, fast and snaky. as mentioned, once this trail started going down, it meant it. losing 800m in 8km of trail is a lot of fun.
speaking of elevation, this elevation vs. distance map makes it clear what makes this ride so amazing. the elevation is all gained early, the entire day is spent in alpine and subalpine meadows, and then you get to come ripping down at the end. sweet.