May 14, 2015
Overall, great fun! I caught the mtb bug while on vacation in Oregon last summer, and Shaeffer Farms is the local trail I've ridden for the last year. A few highlights from my pov (47yo, fit, former recreational road biker):
- good variety across multiple loops: flow sections, some challenging climbs, some logs, plenty of roots & rocks, stream crossings, forest, fields, a handful of challenges for more advanced riders (with work-arounds for the rest of us). White, Yellow, Blue, and Green trails all seemed pretty comparable.
- navigation: well marked trails, with maps at intervals. Should be no problem for anyone to find their way around.
- intermediate difficulty: I think the trail definitely falls within IMBA's guidelines for intermediate. As a beginner I found it challenging, but now I ride with more confidence and have way more fun. For those who require big drop-offs, jumps, really steep technical climbs, etc you'll have to go elsewhere - probably Fountainhead's Black Trail.
- two-way traffic: keep your head up... riders might be coming the other way. So far I've had no problems even on busy days - everyone has been polite. Fountainhead is a one-way set-up. Also note - there are occassionally hikers or runners. Again, no problem - everyone's polite - as long as you slow down and give them plenty of fair warning!
- rookie tip: don't over-inflate your tires! I ride a hard-tail, and after a few white-knuckle rides someone finally mentioned I should let some air out. Big difference! I find around 30psi works for me.
- comparable local trail: Fountainhead Green & Blue Trails. I just rode them at Fountainhead. I think Shaeffer has some more challenging climbs, and overall more roots & rocks.
I feel lucky to have such a fun, well maintained trail so close to home. Big kudos to MORE!
Fountainhead Green & Blue