I just completed this trail last weekend (Feb 10,11,&12) with a buddy and it was pretty much as you said. The big muddy spot was not there though. It had dried up and in it's place was something we called 'moon dust". It was the consistancy of flour. I decided to crash in it just to see what it was like . . . it was so fine it just coated everything like chalk dust. The weather was perfect and it was a fun/challenging ride. But you gotta deal with the sand. Great fun.