September 7, 2012
I was just on this trail for the first time this past Labor Day weekend. I looked for some mountain biking in the area a few years ago and there wasn't anything worth while. I have to say that this trail was a nice surprise and I'll be bringing my bike with me more often when I'm in the area. The volunteers that are building this trail have got the beginnings of a really nice trail system here.
The trail is broken down into two separate trails. There's a shorter one that starts just to the right of the park trail signs and then there's a larger one that starts up a double track road from the park signs. There really isn't good signage that leads you to it but you'll pass parts of it as you ride up the double track and eventually you'll see the start. I recommend riding both trails, both for distance and for fun.
The first trail is short but has some narrow trail with some tight switchbacks and some natural moguls (or woopty dos) that get you moving. There are a couple small plank bridges and a really cool side trail that takes you over a small bridge/ramp with a very steep decent.
The second trail is a longer and better trail. This one has more narrow trails and tight switchbacks like the first one but it also has a few fun technical obstacles including a downed tree that has boards added to it to ride along it's length with a banked turn at the end. Then, just when you think you're done with this trail you have to pedal uphill through soft sand. It's a pretty good workout at the end of the trail.
I stopped by the LBS after riding and ended up meeting one of the volunteers for the trail. He was a nice, enthusiastic guy that had some ideas for trail improvements. It's good to see that this trail will more than likely get better with time.
I do have a few comments/recommendations for the trail builders, though so I hope they see this post. First, some better signage for the side trails that take you to the technical obstacles would be great. I actually missed almost every obstacle and had to go back so that I could try them. Second, either add more technical elements to the trail or build an entire technical (single or double black diamonds) section for more advanced riders to ride. Things like adding what I call "rock gardens" or possibly even stacks of logs to climb over would be great. Finally, getting your trails listed on the park's main trail map would be great. I almost missed the smaller side map and even it didn't include the newer longer trail. Had I not read about it I wouldn't have known to look for it.
All-in-all, it was a good ride and I look forward to seeing how it has progressed the next time I'm in town.