April 28, 2014
I actually live about 5 minutes from Alum Creek, but P1 is a little too technical for me and the consequences for mistakes on P2 are, well, heavy!
So I made the trip out to Chestnut Ridge on 4/27/2014, which is about a 45 minute drive. It was totally worth it. The trail is extremely well maintained: zero overgrowth (which means no hitchhiking ticks!), great trail markings with what I assume are mile markers (I challenge anyone to get lost on this trail), ample parking, and really no blown-out sections (even after all the recent rains).
The trail itself isn't too technical at all - there are some challenges, but nothing that made me go "wow, really?!" Basically, enough to keep it interesting but nothing that's there just for the sake of adding to the obstacle count.
The climbs were very challenging (at least for me) and I loved it. I ride for the workout, and a workout I received. You're rewarded for these climbs with some really fun descents; the trail has some great flow to it and I truly enjoyed it.
COMBO has outdone themselves with this trail and I can't wait to get out there again this coming weekend.