October 13, 2013
I've been riding Rotary for two years, it's 20 minutes from my house, and every other trail (currently open) in the area is over an hour away. So, how's Rotary stack up?
The good: There's a little of everything. Some decent climbs for this area, some decent descents, the trails are mostly rooty, which adds some technicality, but on the whole, these trails should be ridable by beginners as long as they have a reasonable amount of fitness. Certainly there are places a new rider should avoid - the Amphitheater for instance.
The Bad: Some of the trails can hold a little water because of where the ground flattens out around the creek. Occasionally some of the trails can be a little sketchy, a few places some of them weren't benched adequately, and you get some real off camber fun, that gets hairy when loose rock accumulates.
The Ugly: Signage really isn't good enough. There are some new painted hash marks on the trees, but you still might not be able to follow these unless you have some idea where you're trying to go to start with.
Full Disclosure - I'm in the COGS Cycling club, which is where COGS MTB comes from. We reworked a lot of the structures in the amphitheater, rerouted a bit of trail at the top of the park that went outside of the park onto private land that was logged, and we are working on some other sustainability and overall fun improvements. Unfortunately it's a slow process, as there are a lot of projects taking place in the park being run by the county. We have to get authorization from them to do any real changes. More than once, projects we have worked on have been destroyed or broken as one other person mentioned, which I would be willing to bet comes back to a political struggle that predates my involvement, the basics of which are that equestrians claim to have built all of the trail in the park, and have since been disallowed from the park, which they blame on mountain bikers. I wasn't there, I don't know, but I think a lot of the trail destruction that takes place here is backlash from that.