4.47 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
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About this trail
Alot of good twisty singletrack. There are a few good drops in the beginning but other than that there are just gradual elevation changes. Flows nicely and you can really pick up some speed.
added by theUfanEpic March 15, 2011
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Going there for the first time in about two weeks, can anyone suggest a good trail head to park at and what trails are good to get aquainted with for first time there -bs3833

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December 9, 2014
hproctor Singletrack  
Review: A good intermediate trail surrounding the Vortex area. One of the longer trails near the Santos TH. Lots of curves with a few table tops on one end.

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Granny Gear

November 1, 2014
Review: Twister is appropriately named. Not a straight line to be found on the trail, and that's the joy of this ride. You will likely rub some shoulders on trees if you aren't picking your lines carefully, as there are a lot of skinny sections with small trees. But everything is easily navigable if you're paying attention. There are a few hazards, but nothing advanced. Some roots, a few short rocky sections, and an occasional felled (small) tree on the path.

There are a lot of turns. You'll never stop turning. Some turns are bermed and let you maintain your speed. Others require a little finesse to roll through at higher speeds. Overall, it's plenty fast and offers very little to slow you down. The roller hills near the beginning feel great, and don't require much effort to get them started. Visibility is good for the climbs, and only once (I think) was I dumped off a hill to speed into a fast turn that wasn't bermed. So there was a section or two that I had to brake where I would rather have maintained some speed. That could just be my inexperience, but the braking felt inopportune once or twice, if that makes sense.

It's mid-fall, so the trail was fairly littered with pine straw in some places, but the trail was very visible, and only a few sections were covered. This isn't a flat ride, but there didn't appear to be any challenging elevation changes either. This trail nears the Back Door red trail into the Vortex free ride area about 2 miles in. You can see it on your left, via a large rocky hillside and a gate. Walk across to Back Door, follow it left (southish) to the freeride area and go left past the dirt jumps for a fast route back to the Vortex trailhead. This area of Back Door has no challenging features. Just a few roots and rocks.

Twister is a flowing ride with lots of turn, lots of skinnys, and one low-clearance felled tree that I had to duck under (nice feature). You will enjoy it!

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July 2, 2014
Review: Fun section of the trail system at Santos. Usually always hit it when I'm up there.

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Bunny Hop

April 6, 2014
Review: The beginning humps are epic!

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March 23, 2014
Review: The trail is slightly winding with lots of tree cover. I didn't get to ride it in its full capacity since it was leaf littered when I rode it. There are a couple of slight ups and downs at the end, but a beginner could easily ride this trail. It is more or less built for speed in my opinion, which is what I enjoy.

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March 22, 2014
Review: Twister is very fun, in either direction, Although I wish it was one way or alternated directions each day or week or something. As other have said not super technical, untill you get er up to speed, that really works your cornering skills and those moderate features become more intense.

Similar Trail: Quadrants at Balm Boyette, Some of the Easy and intermediate trails at ARSP, Bethel Mississippi

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August 29, 2013
ckbutcher Gramcounter  
Review: Very fun trail with lots of ups and downs. One of my favorites at Santos.

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July 22, 2013
mmmorrison Poseur  
Review: I agree that this is one of the more fun trails at Santos. It is not particularly challenging and while there are a couple of table tops, a beginner could definitely have fun on the this trail. It is one of the longer ones so you could get a rhythm going. Fun.

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October 28, 2012
Uberjody Gramcounter  
Review: I drive 2 hours to ride this trail, super fun!

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March 10, 2012
duddetts11 Gnarly  
Review: Ditto on scrumtrulescent!! Awesome trail! Great flow, great trail lines-- a blast, and definitely worth finding!

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Twister MTB Trail 4.47 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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