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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +119/97 ft
Total: 218 riders
 

Mountain Biking Alum Creek Phase II

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#7 of 107 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#497 in the world

This loop is well marked and the fine people of COMBO deserve the credit for a wonderful technical challenge. It is clear that some of the MTB riders in this area take their trail riding seriously. This is a narrow singletrack with technical sections throughout. Not a sleeper, since most of the track is on the side slope and the dirt is fast and loose.
The trail also features some sweet man made obstacles and bridges. Not for the newbie but a confident rider should attempt these obstacles with due respect of course. The trail is relatively flat with little climbing and little downhills, although the track was nice and fast in spots. COMBO deserves much Kudos on this wonderful track. Please do not ride this or Phase I when the trail is closed due to weather. You can meet the folks at combo at : www.mtbohio.org ..... Oh ... why a 9 and not a 10? well ... a hill or 2 would be nicer ... this is one of the best in Ohio!

First added by rcarselle on May 1, 2020. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From South of Columbus : I-71 and get off at the Polaris exit(121) and go right(if you are coming from the north go left). Take Polaris East parkway to Worthington Rd.(about 1 mile) Turn left. Go until you come to Africa Rd. Turn left. Keep going straight, through the 4 way stop(you'll see the dam on your left). Go straight until the next 4 way stop(Cheshire Rd.) Go Straight and park at the first lot on your left. The trailhead is across the road up the hill. Most of the Mountain Bike signs on the road lead to Phase I. Phase II has parking at the Chesire Picnic area and the trail head is across the road just East of the Parking Lot.
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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter
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    This is a good trail for the area. The trail entrance is across the road from the parking area, had to ask a local where it was. It is well maintained and The actual trail is well marked. It has good flow and what obstacles it does have, are very manageable.

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  • Donny Porvasnik
    *****

    Better of the two Alum Creek phases because this one dries out much quicker. Rooty, fairly flowy. Need to be attentive because you could end up in a ravine or the creek (lake) itself. I love it, though. I've used this to time myself lately.

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  • Messers
    *****

    Really nice trails.. A few tricky spots but nothing to difficult for a beginner rider, just use your head and have fun....

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  • Superglueryan
    *****

    Great trail! It dries out more quickly than P1 and has a lot of nice wooden features. It has a bit of flow and a bit of climbing. Beware that there is a bridge out currently though it is really well marked and blocked so that you have to dismount to get around it.

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  • pelph
    *****

    This trail is not for the beginner. It has it fair share of steap inclines and root systems along with bridges and some obstacles. The trail is very good at draining after rain.

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  • shawng16
    ****

    My personal favorite trail in Columbus. As a beginner, it has everything I need to hone my skills! It's fast at times, with plenty of flow, yet has plenty of man-made technical sections, roots, and some small climbs. While some of the really technical sections may be daunting for beginners (they are for me), they're all very walkable, and I encourage you to give them a shot once you're comfortable! You might just surprise yourself. Only con is that it is sometimes slow to dry after a good rain, but otherwise, it's a fantastic, well balanced trail. Thanks COMBO!

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  • Manduro
    *****

    The combination of naturally formed and man made tech was amazing! Don't be fooled by the fact that this trail is near Columbus, it is truly a challenging surprise for intermediate to experienced riders. The time and effort put in by COMBA (or at least I believe that's who maintains it...) should be applauded! Anyone who has something negative to say about this trail is simply a spoiled only child or over privileged rich @$$! I think as a community we should appreciate these types of trails especially when some one is taking their own time and working very hard to create and maintain places for the rest of us to ride. Bottom line we are a community, we look out for each other, and I appreciate and truly loved this trail!

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  • c_dalla
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    Being a downhill rider and stuck in Ohio, I decided to try out some cross country on Phase 2 at Alum Creek. It helped take some of the edge off with a couple of pretty cool bridges, small drops, and a beautiful wooden berm (although it's rooty on the in-run to the bank so don't expect to pick up to many G's). It's a fairly flat trail with some tight switch backs and occasional rooty sections that'll slow you down, however there is a couple tiny flowy sections where you can pick up some speed and get a small adrenaline fix. Overall beautifully constructed and maintained by COMBO, a lot of fun, a great cardio workout and if you're near it I would highly recommend. If you're a downhill rider I would come here to condition, take the first lap moderate speed to feel it out, and if after the first 6 miles you're not completely exhausted blast your second lap and try to beat your time. I would love to see this trail accumulate even more obstacles and incorporate banked turns where u can pick up and maintain a lot of speed. Also HELPFUL TIP: if you're riding around the parking lot confused as to where the trail head is...cross the street, can't miss it.

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  • john@jmkelly.com
    ****

    Very fun, flat ride. Fast ride with plenty of turns and roots to contend with. Really flat so it gets muddy in spots.

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  • dirtridr5115
    *****

    Trails were very fun. I've been looking for a place to ride that isn't too far away from me. Driving an hour and 20 minutes to get here was making me hold high expectations for the trails and they over achieved. Terrain is very well maintained. The wood features, bridges, and bank turn were very fun to ride

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  • Richard Hespen
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    Wow. Phase 2 was significantly more enjoyable than Phase 1. This is some sweet singletrack, and much of it follows the shore of the lake. There is some elevation change and plenty of obstacles. Most importantly, it seems to drain much better than phase 1.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
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    second most of reviews below. Still well maintained. some inventive bridges, some optional fairly hi consequence ones. Lots of flow, and curves that you can carry some speed into. Sweet

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  • ***

    Good trail with some decent flow in areas. If you enjoy challenging bridge crossings, this trail is for you

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  • passmeanotherredbull
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    Very fast trail. Gets tons of traffic from greater Columbus riders. Bridges are nice. A couple really fun sections that are fast, a couple of optional drops to hit. Trail is well marked. Plenty of camping nearby, plus State Park beach, disc golf, boating. Pizza place just south of trail is great for food & beer. https://www.facebook.com/central.ohio.mtb.org

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  • ohioplaya28
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    This trail is very is good and gives you a good workout.The climbs are very very long and you got some good downhill.Theres some areas if you fall you may go 50 feet into Alum Creek.I will ride this again before it gets to cold.

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  • oneeyeredeye
    *****

    only six miles long but on of the best if not the best in ohio. poor drainage makes things muddy in spring and fall and winter. please dont ride when muddy to good of a trail to destroy for being thoughtless. if beginner tackle phase one first. big jump in tech. from phase 1 to phase 2

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  • oneeyeredeye
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    more tech. than p1 liked the skinnie bridges and logs to ride just a great trail to ride.

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