September 9, 2015
Stephens is a vast network of trails, with a wide variety of characteristics. For the most part, it's under dense tree cover, so it tends to stay damp for awhile after heavy rain, but I haven't seen any standing water issues. For such a large trail network, Stephens is very well maintained.
I haven't ridden the entire park yet, but the sections that I have ridden have all been very good. From the main park entrance (by the camp grounds), the white/red trails wind through the woods a bit, and then turn into a moderate sustained climb, with many rocks and roots to add to the challenge. North of the white trail is the excellent pink trail section ("serpentine maze"), It's mostly flat with good flow, some small climbs here and there; lots of log overs and a few rock gardens on the western side. Above the pink section is more of the red trail section, that goes deep into the woods. The parts of this that I have explored are also excellent... similar to the pink section, but on a much larger scale. Lots of great sections to explore at Stephens.
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