January 22, 2016
Deefreld/Landen is a nice local MTB trail in the middle of sub-urban America. There are couple miles of nice single track. I think the trails are well maintained. The trails are relatively easy. At the beginning of my first season riding the mountain bike these trails were difficult. At the end of my first season of riding the mountain bike these trails were relatively easy.
There is little elevation change and one relatively small hill to climb or descend depending on direction. There are two creek crossings, a couple of log overs, some rocks and some roots. According to the trail map there is one "technical" section. This section is very short and technical one direction and significantly less technical the opposite direction.
Soil in the area is almost clay-like. This type of soil tends to hold water and can be slippery. The trail takes a couple of days to dry after a heavy rain. Help the trail maintenance crew and all trail users by not riding the trail if mud sticks to your tires/shoes.
Entering the trail can afford a short, steep descent that is broken by some nice, flowing berms and switchbacks. I've seen some riders ride this section of the trail VERY fast.
If you live in eastern-Cincinnati I suggest making the trip and riding these trails. I wouldn't make a drive much more than 30 minutes to ride these trails. I state this mainly because there are only about 4 miles of trails. 60 minutes of riding and you will ride all the trails and multiple combinations of "loops" multiple times.