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It was disappointing that Jasper trail had recently been graded, so we're hoping a storm or two create some ruts and leave some rocks on the trail before we go back again. This optional line was the trickiest section on the whole route that day. What Jasper Trail lacked in technical challenge, it made up for with scenic value. As Jasper Trail climbs out of Grapevine Canyon, cacti and creosote are largely replaced by Manzanita, juniper, and sage.