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Repack

Average Rating:    (3.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

This is a historical trail is home to such mountain bike riders as Gary Fischer, Tom Ritchey,Joe Breezer, Otis Guy and other pioneers of the sport.They would drop this technical fire road and have to "Repack" their burnt out brakes. The trail is steep and rocky with smooth lines(if you ride it correctly) but the punishment for a bad line can be painfull.The often dusty conditions can be bad if you ride with a fast friend.
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Latitude
37.982768926270275
Longitude
-122.63643264770508
Trail Directions
follow the fire road at the end of Cascade drive across the creek and keep going up. After you reach the bridge take a right and climb your as off.
Trail Length
2.5miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Fairfax
   


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Review Date
July 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tacomike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I agree with Repack Rider. The trail is a fun decent, that most anyone can do. I also agree that is has lost some luster since they graded it. But all in all it is where it all started and is a good fire road decent



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Review Date
February 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Repack Rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As one of the OG racers on Repack, I know nearly every rock on the route. Since it received a major grooming a few years ago, it has lost any technical challenge it had when it was badly eroded and rutted. Anyone can ride down it, which was at least in part, the point even back at the dawn of mountain bike time. You didn't have to be a total expert to descend the hill, so anyone could get into the race.

Getting down Repack fast is another story. None of the riders who gave the trail bad reviews got on their bikes at the top with their friends watching and heard a guy count down, then let them go to see what they could do. If you want to ride that hill in less than five minutes, you will have to scare yourself.

Pay no attention to the fools who say there is a fifteen mile an hour speed limit on Repack.

Recommended Route:
There are two ways to get to Repack.

You can ride the paved road from Fairfax past the golf course and take the Pine Mountain Truck Road. The accomplishes about half the climbing on a paved road, with another mile on dirt. Getting to Repack you will have to make two technical climbs, where the success rate of riders who can "clean" them is less than half.

The second route is all dirt, from White Hill School in Fairfax, under Sir Francis Drake and up the single track, past the edge of Tamarancho, around White's Hill and up a couple of steep climbs to Woodacre Ridge, then another mile to Repack.

Whichever way you go, plan on 45 minutes to an hour from Fairfax to Repack, then ten minutes to get back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Mountain Loop



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Review Date
March 27, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: awanie@yahoo.com ,  Racer

Summary:
I have no idea why other reviewers are so harsh about this trail. I rode it recently in very inclement weather, the whole 22miles of it... up the road from Fairfax and back down from Mt Tam on the trail. I feel it had everything an epic ride should. Brutally technical ascents, descents river crossings, mud, rocks, double and singletrack, six other riders in the three hours my brother and I were on the trail, great views, a great time all in all. Everyone is so damn keen on prefab CAD designed singletrack or putting their bikes on a chairlift just to coast down. Those elements have their time and place. This is an XC trail. With that in mind, I have to say, it's one of the best.

Recommended Route:
Check out http://www.mtbwest.com/deerpark-01.html



Comments
trinityrfc (05/18/2007)
Nice point of view!! I feel the same way.
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Review Date
October 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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4.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MMax , from Novato

Summary:
Always a workout to climb but worth it Normally you can either work your heart rate on gentle climbs (low resistance) with a high cadence or you can work your muscles on steep climbs with a low cadence but lots of resistance. Repack works both your muscles and your heart rate, and so, it should definately be climbed evry now and then for fitness building. As far as descending it, well, DH is not my strong suit but Repack seems to be just another fire road descent. There are more exciting DH routes in the Bay Area - Annadale Park in Santa Rosa for example.

Recommended Route:
Cascade to Repack to the top of Pine Mountain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Mountain Loop, Railroad Grade, Eldridge



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Review Date
May 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Aaron Sturm , from San Francisco

Summary:
I hate Marin!

Recommended Route:
marin sucks!



Comments
Random Drivel (10/26/2006)
Don't like Marin--then stick to the trails in SF--oops, forgot, there aren't any . . . .
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