September 23, 2012
Rode this trail system for the first time on Sept 21, then came back to ride it again on Sept 22 with my friend Todd. Several trails start from behind the tennis courts. The single track through the wooded area has nice flow in some sections, tight switchbacks in other sections. No rocks on the single track, though there are a fair amount of large roots. Lots of acorns on the ground, but trails seem well maintained and groomed. Mostly packed dirt surface. These areas are similar to Shaeffer Farms in Maryland, just not as extensive a network. Some of the turns come close to steep cliff areas, so caution is advised. Not technical (other than the switchbacks) and I would say that they fall somewhere between easy and less difficult.
Outside of the single track, are sections that are extremely steep with loose gravel and some larger rocks. Very easy to skid out and flip the bike. Definitely more geared towards a full downhill bike for these sections, though most of them are only 100 to 200 meters in length. I would rate these sections as very difficult since there is no way of going slow and stopping without skidding. Overall, a fun ride with lots of different skill sets to practice. Enough level changes to get a decent pump in the legs, but by no means can it compare to the thigh burns experienced at Greenbrier and Frederick Watershed rides. No jumps that we found in the first two days of riding but we are still learning the area.
Shaeffer Farms for the singletrack areas, Frederick Watershed for the open loose gravel downhill areas