September 8, 2015
I rode on the side by the lake first. The trails were typical of others found in the area as they flowed along the lake shore, breaking inland around washes. Elevation change was average and the trails tipped very slightly toward the technical end of the spectrum with many large roots and different styles of bridges. The lake is very scenic and I enjoyed the experience. Then, I rode the other side, which is composed of rock gardens...and rock gardens...and more rock gardens! I enjoy a good rock garden as much as the next person, but riding through very similar rack gardens for miles on end gets old. The difficulty level remained relatively consistent. If the rocks were dry the gardens were mild and not too difficult to navigate. The damp areas were a different story, and they were nearly impossible to ride with my XC race tires (I will sport different rubber when I return). I rode one section of trail marked "expert" which definitely fit that description. I struggled to even walk the wet sections. Fortunately, most of that trail was dry, but I was still only able to ride about two-thirds of it. I would like to try that trail when it's completely dry on a different bike!
Overall, this is a story of two different trail systems. The trails on the lake-side are well designed and enjoyable. I would compare them to Alum Creek with some similarities to Royalview and Findley. The trails on the other side were not as enjoyable. On the other side I liked the expert trail and the creek crossing, which is the coolest I've seen in Ohio. I found the rest of it boring. Riding similar rock gardens over and over for miles and miles beats up the body, bike, and mood. For future visits i will ride the lake-side and only 1 rocky trail. That should make for a better experience. Also, I will definitely come here to ride the rocks before all of my future trips to the rockies.