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  • #69114

    I love the Stratton Open Space trail system in Colorado Springs! I end up doing a ton of riding there. It’s just a great network to practice bunny-hopping and all your other basic skills. I love the chutes in that area too. They provide a great downhill if your in need of one!

    #69115

    My home trail is White Ranch. All sorts of variations can be done from the east parking lot and you’ve always got the difficult sandy rock garden at the start.

    Here’s what I usually end up doing:
    Up Belcher, down Mustang, Maverick, Longhorn, Whippletree back to the bottom of Belcher.

    I recently used White Ranch to access Golden Gate State Park and let me tell you, that was a KILLER loop. 45 miles and 9,500 vertical feet. The stats don’t give it justice because the technical trail for most of those miles is arduous and relatively slow going.

    #69116

    My "home trail" is Aspen Park(Gaylord, MI). It not very far, and not a hard course. However I ride it a lot, work on it when I can. I hope people will ride it. I wonder how many people work on their "home trail"?

    #69117
    "DavidPeckjr" wrote

    My "home trail" is Aspen Park(Gaylord, MI). It not very far, and not a hard course. However I ride it a lot, work on it when I can. I hope people will ride it. I wonder how many people work on their "home trail"?

    Nice job of an old thread revival 😆 Interesting to see all the old posts and riders that have come and gone. My home trail would be Mill Mountain in Roanoke VA. Great for post work riding, kind of small but packs in a lot for an urban trail system.

    #69118

    The trail I keep on going back to is Bartram Trail. About 18 miles one way with a three mile loop (Lake Springs) off of it. Have a few options for parking and either can do the whole trail and maybe add some more to it since one end is right across the street from Keg Creek (another 9 miles) or more just a shorter section of it.

    It is beginner friendly which is great when I take my kids or wife but at the same time you can get some good speed on it. Also the fact that it follows the shores of Lake Thurman (Clarks Hill) lets you enjoy wonder scenery and the chance to see eagles and ospreys.

    #69119
    "CraigCreekRider" wrote

    [quote="DavidPeckjr":2kkbjm5s]My "home trail" is Aspen Park(Gaylord, MI). It not very far, and not a hard course. However I ride it a lot, work on it when I can. I hope people will ride it. I wonder how many people work on their "home trail"?

    Nice job of an old thread revival 😆 Interesting to see all the old posts and riders that have come and gone. My home trail would be Mill Mountain in Roanoke VA. Great for post work riding, kind of small but packs in a lot for an urban trail system.[/quote:2kkbjm5s]

    DavidPeckjr has been very busy…and I agree about resurrecting an old thread. It’s always interesting to read back through, especially if one of your own old posts is included.

    I didn’t see one from me, but I’d say my home trail system is at Pocahontas State Park. I also work on the trails there.

    CCR, on the other hand, is resurrecting actual trail systems all over southwestern VA!

    #69120

    Wow yea, this IS an old thread! Well before my time!

    My current home trails are the Bull and Jake Mountain trail system. Not the best trails in the world, but not bad for regular rides!

    #69121

    Whoa, yeah, wicked zombie thread revival here! And fascinatingly, six years later, I’m still here!

    Cool seeing my old thoughts on Cutler Park. Nowadays, I still enjoy it, but it’s a speed ride for me and somewhere I like taking friends who are closer to novice than intermediate.

    As I just moved to Framingham, it seems like Callahan State Park and Ashland State Park will be my "go-to" rides, but I’m hoping to get much more acquainted with Vietnam Trails in Milford. There’s a lot of XC and stuff to learn there!

    #69122

    Markham Park, and Amelia Earhart..I have two home trails??

    #69123

    I’m lucky to live a mile from The Chutes/Stratton Open Space. I usually do 2 laps from Cheyenne Mtn High School up to Gold Camp Rd. I go down The Chutes on lap #1 and then down Arroyo Grande on lap #2. It makes for a little over 9 miles and 1500ft of climbing. I am still discovering new side trails in Stratton all the time. Great stuff!

    #69124

    Seems like I have done this thread a good service. One of the things I noticed going through the threads, is multiple threads on the same subject. I do not want to add all the "new fork, replacement fork, or tires threads. And I wonder if some should be deleted? I have been riding for the last two years. 631 miles last year and the 602 miles as of today. I have found that my home trail though not the most hardcore trail is getting be my favorite. And since I have started to get defensive about it, I consider it mine. It also helps I but in time on maintenance as well. I have enjoyed other trails, glad mine "home trail" does not get jealous, and someone else has labored on that one. Feels like I am giving a little back.

    #69125
    "DavidPeckjr" wrote

    Seems like I have done this thread a good service. One of the things I noticed going through the threads, is multiple threads on the same subject. I do not want to add all the "new fork, replacement fork, or tires threads. And I wonder if some should be deleted? I have been riding for the last two years.

    I hear you on that. The same topics tend to get rehashed over and over… but usually the topics just float down the list and disappear into the mists of our faulty memories.

    Thanks for bringing this topic back up!

    #69126

    Your Welcome, just wondering, did I see you on the mmba site too?

    #69127
    "DavidPeckjr" wrote

    Your Welcome, just wondering, did I see you on the mmba site too?

    Hmm I don’t think so…

    #69128

    mistaken identity. no worries,

    #69129

    Like Trout, I’m lucky to live within a mile of Stratton/The Chutes and it hit it regularly. I love climbing through Stratton, up The Chutes, and up Gold Camp Road to Spring Creek and down Columbine–great, quick loop with lots of variety. However, the one I can ride from my house that is my fave is Section 16 via Bear Creek Regional Park and Stephaine’s Trail. Similar distance and elevation change as Trout’s two lap route, but the added bonus of an extenden, gnarly douwnhill. I also think of Palmer Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park as my home trails–they are my son’s favorites, so we hit them often as well.

    Prior to settling in Colorado Springs (’08 – ’10), I lived in in Fairfax Co. Va. in the middile of a triangle formed by what were my three home trails; Wakefield and Accotink Parks, Laurel Hill, and Fountainhead, each of which had it’s own unique attributes.

    Before that (’06 – ’08), I lived in Great Falls, Mt, where my only worthy "home trail" was the Norht Shore trail along the Missouri river. However, there were oodles of great rides within an easy day trip.

    When I bought my first bike in ’00, I was living in Cheyenne, Wy, where my home trail was the Headquarters Trail/Happy Jack trails. After I left, locals got a great addition and the fantastic trails at Curt Gowdy State Park is the new home trail for most Cheyenne and Laramie Riders.

    During my exile in Minot, North Dakota, the local trail was the Bison Plant singletrack.

    Subsequent to that, for my time in Dayton, Oh, my "home trail" was John Bryan State Park, although it was only another 20 minutes to the far more interesting Ceasar Creek State Park, so I usually took the extra time in search of some level of challenge.

    #69130

    Here are a couple photos of a local trail only a few minutes from the house- Casa Grande Mountain, in Casa Grande, AZ. Not really a ‘mountain’ by Colorado standards, etc…. 😆

    Nice because it’s convenient/quick.

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    #69131

    Looks like a trail I would like to ride. Well There are all sorts of trails I want to ride. Just going to have to plan some trips… I may have only one "home" trail, however there are a few trails I just feel at home!

    #69132
    "NDTransplant" wrote

    Here are a couple photos of a local trail only a few minutes from the house- Casa Grande Mountain, in Casa Grande, AZ. Not really a ‘mountain’ by Colorado standards, etc…. 😆

    Nice because it’s convenient/quick.

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    I used to play paintball there 😃 (Case Grande, not the mountain.)

    That looks like an awesome trail.

    #69133

    Neat looking trail.

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