September 19, 2015
This trail is awesome. it's an intermediate trail that's very beginner friendly. There are several loops that spin-off the main loop. You can make it a short 2 mile ride, or if you ride all the loops, it's about 9 miles, or you can mix and match your favorite loops. There is also a kids loop near the parking lot. The signage is very good, there's maps posted at each loop intersection. Well maintained, If I lived closer, I'd be here all the time.
I found it to be a fast trail. While there are occasional obstacles (roots, 10" drops, rock gardens, log piles), I found them to be fairly easy and fun (and bypassable), The Black loop is my favorite, next time I want to do a few laps of it. A good place to work on going faster, as the ups and downs are fairly tame, even tho you can build some flow.
The trail is very pretty with rocky creek beds and a variety of trees and different forest zones.
The the parking lot has some great features like 2 changing booths, a port-a-john, picnic tables, grills and 10 bike stands for working on your ride.
this is the best trail to ride while all the others are still wet from a rain. the trail surface is perfect a day after the rain. when it's been dry, watch out for sand traps, seriously.
watch for other trail users and be cool.
I'd like to make a day of Luton Park and Merrel Trail and Rockford Brewing Co., all about within 5 miles