Review: MoMBA is a very nice intermediate trail that has nice flow to it. The trail is kept in very good shape and has some very fun sections. It is bi-directional so you can have fun mixing up your rides. There is an advanced section that has more technical features and a rock garden. I have been riding this trail for over two years and it is still a blast to ride!
Review: This is probably the nicest and most well maintained set of trails in the area. There's plenty of variety for all types of riders. I rode all trails with the exception of twisted because it was closed and they all are worth riding. When I went it was pretty leafy and damp so it made curves and climbs more challenging. I would highly recommend these trails to anyone.
Review: Good variety of trails from beginner to intermediate. There is nothing that anyone with moderate bike handling skills can't handle. There are some fun, fast sections and some technical rocky, rooty sections as well. Some of the loops are short so knowing how to link the loops together will help make it a much better ride.
Review: Made a stop here to break up a long 12 hour drive home. Fun little trail. Mostly fast and flowy but there was a short rocky technical section at the back. Great setup with porta potties, change rooms, bbqs, picnic tables and deck chairs in the parking area. Two way traffic so beware of people coming in the opposite direction. Pretty good signage. We did it clockwise, then counter clockwise and preferred ccw so did a third lap that direction.
Review: I love this trail.. This is as good a trail system as any in the area. It has a great combination of fast/flowy sections and nice technical sections. I live in the Dayton area and this is a great go to trail at anytime (when open of course). I particularly like it mid-week and after work (around 5pm) the trails aren't to busy and it's far enough from the city to be quiet. I gave it a four because I would love to see a new trail added or some new features built in to the exisiting trails.
Review: Awesome place to ride! It's not the most advanced riding, but it is still good fun! Most of the trails I rode had pretty good flow, and some fun spots. The only part that gets fairly tricky is the hawks lair. It is pretty rocky, and the only place I almost wiped out. (My fault for going a bit too fast, on an unfamiliar trail)
Review: The trails were a little soft today but fun. You can call 937-277-4374, listed on the sign, to make sure the trail is open. They update the status daily. Some of the trails were closed today due to being too muddy. The trails are tight and twisty, not well suited for a 29er, but the rocks on Hawk's Lair are. I didn't think Hawk's Lair was really more than "intermediate", definitely not "expert". However, this and Creekside were the most fun. Definitely a trail worth riding!
Review: Five Rivers Metroparks owns the land, but the courses are maintained by volunteers from FRMP and the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA). They do a great job, and would appreciate your help too. The 2012 maintenance dates are Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturdays noon to 4. June 9, June 21, July 14, September 8, September 13. and October 20.
Review: I've ridden this trail a few years, and I haven't got tired of it yet. There's a lot of pump work with a bit of flow mixed in. It makes for a nice cardio and agility workout. If you follow the routing CCW (counter-clockwise) of Twisted, Mr. Zig Zag, Voodoo, Hawk's Lair, Lower Stealth, Upper Stealth, and Creekside--it's a 50- to 65-minute ride with the challenge in the middle. The CW direction isn't greatly different, because the terrain is pretty consistent (ups and downs, but nothing huge). However the CW Hawk's Lair is a bit easier especially at the exit through The Spiral.
The trails are bi-directional, so always be aware of riders coming at you. Riders are almost always conscientious to give the way or to allow passing if you call out, "When you get a chance..."
I give it a high rating because of its proximity to the city and great maintenance.
* Review edited 5/25/2012
Similar Trail: Brown County State Park, Indiana; Mohican State Park OH
Review: rode 3/15/12 good to go just a couple of mud holes to walk around. dont remember the flow being as good as it was so i have to say on my last review i was wrong about the flow. sorry. one of the best maintained trails around
Review: This trail is a good trail to have fun with. Very easy terrain and hardly any elevation change. Every trail is marked very well and easy to follow. Trails are very well kept and closed if it's too muddy (which is a good thing for trail condition). Overall it's a fun place to ride.
Review: I have been riding MOMBA 2 time a week for about 9 months. I love it out there and have not gotten sick of it yet. This is my first single track experience so i don't really know the rating system, but i do ski and snowboard. on my first day out i did all of hawks i went kind of slow but made it. All in All it is a great place to have and the trail maintainers do great work. I have to make it out to a volunteer day.
Review: Fast, buffed singletrack that's very well maintained. Convenient to Wright-Patterson AFB, great after-work ride. My 5-year old rides here on his 16" Specialized Hotrock-usually Twisted then Mr. Zig-Zag and back. Anyone can ride here, only a small rocky section in Hawk's Lair to give beginners some trouble.
Review: Great place to ride. Excellent IMBA designed trail system with something for everyone (maybe not the total beginner though). MOMBA always has a great vibe going on: almost always open, cool riders, not very many posers. Hawks Lair is the most technical and challenging trail I have ridden, very rocky with some tricky ledges. Creekside is probably my favorite for fast cruising and climbing. Good twisty fun on Zig-Zag as well. Shoot, it's all good.
Review: rode this trail today. they finally opened it up after all of the rain! it was muddy in spots, but only where the ground had been reworked and needed to settle. they added about 50 more technical yards to hawk's lair. overall, great set of trails, and have been much better maintained than last spring. get out and ride this weekend!
Review: rode trails 9/26/10 alittle dusty but no problem new upper ridge trail in hawks lair is maturing nicely. great addition!!just a great network of trails in dayton ohio. maintained at a high level!!! rock wall at 5 points looks great. nothing but good going on at MOMBA!!!
Review: Nice trail, great design, fun! This is one of my new favorite trails. If your looking for a fun, mostly not too challenging trail this is it. Hawks Lair is the most advanced and may be a bit challenging if not an experienced rider....lots of rocks! Advanced riders should enjoy this extremely rocky section, beginners should use caution. Trails are very well marked, signage is the best!, I applaud those who designed and built this trail. I recommend riding entire trail system in both directions, especially the trail named 'Mr. Zig Zag', downhill is a blast. There are 6 named trails, all are well marked and in great shape. It has not rained for awhile so trail was bone dry. I recommend this trail for all riders...beginners to advanced.
Review: trails are rockin...... when it is not raining!!! they have done a ton of maintance this spring with excellant results. best trails in dayton ohio area. lets just hope rain quits this week. giant is having demo day saterday june 19, 2010. just bring pedals and d.L.
Review: just rode momba for the first time today. its awsome!! especially for dayton! loved all of the trail. theres fast parts hard parts and fun parts. hawks lair is great! do it! you wont regret it!
Review: great set of trails in dayton ohio. upper stealth is excellant if rode backwards for downhill.hawks lair is very rocky to test your skills. great job of routing all the trails with little acreage to work with. and i do not see where john bryon is a similar trail, not even close!!! john bryon is for beginners for sure.
Review: This was a great trail, but it took use 1.5 hours to find it because the map and directions fail to tell you must turn on Huffman Dam Road then an emediate Left on Lower Valley, which is not to be confused with the Other lower valley exit also on Route 4. People unfamiliar with the area need to reaserch the area greatly because there are 3-4 other lower valley roads and 2 union roads with in 2-3 miles of the park.
Apart from that the park was awesome and everyone should head out to ride it.
Similar Trail: Harder then John Bryan but more fun
Review: Duuuuudes! Sweet bike trail right outside of Dayton! What will they think of next? Anyway, as you might be able to tell, I am a big fan of this trail. They really have something for everyone. They have beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. Since I am an advanced rider, I am going to comment more on the vulture's lair, the advanced part of the trail. Not bad, not bad. This is truely a piece of work for Dayton. When you get to the Wild West crossing, I recommend going right into the lair. Otherwise, you will be going up a rocky slope, not the prefered way to go. You will spiral up the hill, a great climb. You will then go zigzaging a bit through the woods, pass a cliff overlooking the highway and Huffman Dam, and get to the appropriately named Moonscape. After that, you will get to some epic steep climbs and decents, followed by a BANKED CURB! I love those almost too much. The moonscape is a good, mildly technical part too. Great trail for those looking for an exceptionally good challenge in the Dayton Area. Who ever thought there would ever be any good trails here? this is a piece of art. Great maintenance even months after the opening, and great signage as well. This is a trail you have to see for yourself.
Similar Trail: John Bryan for easier, Hueston woods for a bit more challenge, and Ceaser's Creek for the hilliest trail in southwest Ohio.
Review: Only about 10 minutes from Fairborn and Wright-Patterson AFB. There is enough parking for at least 20 vehicles. Bathroom facilities consist of only port-a-lets. There are no sinks/water available.
Here is the official page: http://www.metroparks.org/_fiveRiversOutdoors/MountainBike.aspx
Here are directions: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=h&om=1&msid=105781722534619189514.000436cb89ede580fabf3&ll=39.809987,-84.092317&spn=0.014901,0.023346&z=15
This park actually consists of 6 different trails from beginner to difficult with various lengths ranging from about 1 miles to about 2 1/2. There are over 8 miles of trails total and they may be ridden both ways. These are all mountain-bike only trails - no joggers, runners, or motor vehicles allowed. All of the course is in the forest with lots of turns, twists, humps, and (mostly) minor climbs. The routes are EXTREMELY well marked and easy to follow. There is a trail guide at the beginning and at 5-points (where 5 of the trails cross), however, you will probably want to make sure to bring a printed trail guide. EMS points are also available if an accident should occur, but I did not see a phone or alarm so make sure to bring your cell phone (coverage should be very good - there is a cell tower not 2 miles away.)
The low areas crossing small cricks have been pretty well paved with stones. The trails are mostly stone and rock free (just compacted dirt) except for the difficult course.
I personally did not find a big difference in difficulty between the easy and medium course, but Hawk's Lair (difficult) proved to be a huge jump in difficulty. It was pretty challenging for me as a newbie mountain-biker, but serious bikers would probably not have much trouble at all. All trails have a lot of turns with some narrow spots between trees. There are bridges for the lower-swampy areas. You have to ride through some of the courses to reach others. I typically ride around 9-11 am and there were only about 6-8 people in the park.
Note: This is not a course for young children (pre-teens or younger unless they are in excellent cycling condition). Also, if you have a low-end discount store bike, it is going to take a tremendous beating and so is the rider. You will want some low gears for this course.
Overall, it is a very well done course and I look forward to getting back out there tomorrow. And the next day. And the next....
* Review edited 9/25/2007
Similar Trail: John Bryan State Park, Yellowsprings, Ohio
Review: Checked it out today, a couple days after the opening. The trail is so clean I felt almost bad for tearing it up! Very similar to John Bryan in terms of type of ride. No hills, no obstacles, lots of tight corners. There are, however more flowy sections than John Bryan. In my opinion the folks here did a great job for the majority of recreational mountain bikers. The beginner loop is wider, the intermediate loops have some fun sections that you can pump, and the "black diamond" section was, well, more difficult than the rest. But there was nothing there that was at all a challenge. Nothing technical for an experienced mountain biker, though beginners and weekenders may find it the hardest trail a bit more of a workout than they are used to. In conclusion, GREAT TRAIL. Excellent build with protection in the right spots. Extremely well marked. Fantastic maps. Great use of space. Good loops. Fits recreational riders needs. However, there are lots of people here on the trails so watch your speed on corners. Maybe the popularity will die down after a while, but it was awfully crowded for a Tuesday after work. For those who ride more and are used to a challenge, both physical and technical, this is not it. The hardest stuff here was not hard for an experienced rider. Lack of natural or man made obstacles (besides bridges) or hills had me kinda bored. sharp corners and sections tight through trees keep out of control speeding to a minimum. Good place to introduce someone to MTB and get introduced to the local biking community. People were very friendly out there. I think I saw a workbench with tools and someone man-ing it at the trailhead. That is nice. Thanks MOMBA for getting us more trails. Well done.
* Review edited 9/19/2007
Similar Trail: Vultures Knob, Hueston woods, Lake Hope