October 2, 2015
The trail got the potential, but, some areas in it are ( trashed), sticks everywhere, fallen trees like you won't believe, it's categorized as "loop" , where it's actually a " network " , and for people who consider it to be compared to Mohican, or Great Seal, I say " please, think again"! I ride 33 different trails between 4 states ( Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky) and I'd never drive 3 hours to ride Lake Hope again!! Shame on the club that takes care of it to neglect a great trail like that with a fantastic scenery and potential, have all this debris, sticks, and fallen trees, no Facebook page to acknowledge people like Mohican or Brown County does!! I'm giving it the fair ranking it deserves, not to mention that it's really easy to get lost on the trail, and it's not easy to get back to your car unless you choose to ride backwards what you just did.
nothing that I can think of!
March 1, 2017
I hope to ride here in the future, maybe this fall. In reading the reviews I find the disparity of comments interesting. Even though I haven't been to Lake Hope yet, I'm going to make a hypothesis of why such differences in comments exist.
When LH gets a low rating it seems mainly to do with poor trail maintenance, especially for large down trees. Positive reviews speak highly of trail maintenance, beautiful forests, great flow and speed ... high fun factor.
So here is my hypothesis. I'm guessing that many of the trails at LH run through old growth forest. Old growth forest in Ohio have a high density of large old trees, and the forests regenerate themselves by windfall of these old trees. In forest ecology we call this gap phase regeneration. An old large trees falls in the forest, leaving a large gap in the forest canopy for sun light to reach the forest floor. In this opening an abundance of new seedlings are established. In the forests at LH there would be potential for an abundance of old trees fallen across the trails. This would require some pretty intense maintenance.
It sounds like the trail caretakers can't get out frequently enough to cut up all these large fallen trees. It also sounds like when the caretakers do get out and clean up the trees that they do a good job. Thus it seems that at LH it's either feast or famine. Looking forward to riding at LH soon to see for myself.