And as others pointed out, it’s easier going downhill than uphill. Uphill requires a certain speed and momentum that can be quite disconcerting, especially when the trail is narrow with steep drop offs and the surface is either rutted, clogged with boulders or deep sand/gravel. That same buddy in my OP and I found ourselves in Colorado a couple of years later and wanted to try one of the dirt roads outside of Ouray. This time we knew enough when to turn around. I was heading uphill and encountered a road grader doing repairs on a stretch of the road. His work had turned the path into deep loose gravel. I parked the bike to check the conditions. The driver of the grader said the gravel was “not as deep toward the outside of the road”…..the side that had a two hundred foot drop. I turned around. My buddy then found other ways to drop his bike in less dangerous areas. Just up from here the deep gravel required that you hug the outside of the road. No thanks! A moment’s inattention can be painful. Why crash big when you can crash small? This hardly qualifies as a dropped bike when the rut holds your bike up.