These trails are truly wonderful, but they do take a bit of planning to enjoy properly. First is to pick the right trail. If you are quite fit, do the section from intersection 12 to 10. It's a very long climb, but the views of the sound, mainland, and interior of the island are superb once you get to the top. If you are less fit, the route east of Eagle Lake to Bubble Pond is very nice and Bubble Pond is very scenic. For those who just want an easy spin, the Witch Hole area is good, although it doesn't have the dramatic views.
As for type of bike -- stay away from road bikes with skinny tires. A hybrid or cross bike with wider tires would be ideal. A full-on mountain bike will work, but is overkill on the packed cinder surface. Inexperienced riders should take it easy on the downhill, curvy sections as the cinder surface can wash out on you.
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