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Crusty Knuckle ATB

Average Rating:    (2.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

There are several loops scattered all over the area. There are currently about 10 miles of singletrack in the area. It is basically flat but rolling terrain, with very tight twisty, rooted singletrack. This trail is rough and not intended for the average beginner. This is a great trail for those who like it technical. Use extreme caution, and prepare to get your butt smashed in!
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Latitude
30.28782804987622
Longitude
-81.48868560791015
Trail Directions
It is at the corner of Beach Blvd. (U.S. 90) and Kernan Blvd. You better be friends with a "crustoid" to find all of the trails. Talk to the folks at Bicycles Etc. for group ride info. Rides leave at 6:30pm during daylight savings time, and night rides at 7:00pm during the winter months in the Publix parking lot at Beach and Kernan.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jacksonville
   


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Review Date
June 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stony Danza ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Some overgrown paths still discoverable, makes for a little bit of an adventure, but not a good solid ride.---> I used to ride redbug and live oak in tallahassee with my dad when I was growing up. I soon grew out of my bike and moved on to competitive rowing on my highschool crew team. I live in southside Jax now. My dad recently gave me his old kona cinder cone, and I've been having a blast. I have rode Hannah a couple times and made the trek over to Fort Clinch recently. Yesterday, after learning about crusty knuckle's existence online, I went looking for any trails I could find. I found a trail head on the north-east corner of the intersection that lead to a bridge and then a sign that said poundcake (to the left) and something with hop in the name (to the right). Poundcake looked pretty overgrown so I took the path to the right which took me on a decent ride up along a man made sort of creek. The trail was characterized by a bunch of up and down mini hills/bumps that ran along side the creek. These bumps were probably originally mounds of dirt dug out of the creek on the right side of the path. There were lots of spider webs along the way out that I had to stop and eliminate. Eventually, after riding the entire length of the trail an veering left for a few hundred feet, I didn't know where to go to continue on the trail. The way it looked like it was supposed to go was off the bumpy little hills down off of the into the really flat ground area that was completely too overgrown to ride. All in all it was skinda fun for being so close to home. The bridge was in vey good condition and a couple of the bumps were carpeted. I then went into Melrose apts. and entered the old south-east corner trails int here, I first went left and found the entrance to the trail from right behind the Jea electrical type facilities surrounded in chain-link fence. I turned around and ran out of ridable trail right where I first entered in Melrose. Right at that point there is the remains of an old bridge across the creek and you can see where the trail continues on the far bank. I was tempted to walk my bike through the creek and see what I could find on the other side, but I figured I could post here and see if anyone who used to ride there and used to know the trails was interested in crossing the creek and scoping the trail on that side out with me since I have no idea what the situation out there is. Please respond if you would like to re-blaze the trails.

Recommended Route:
Why doesn't anyone ride these trails anymore? There is obviously still trail heads and trails. For the Hop/Poundcake trail head, go east on Beach past Kernan, and then enter the trail on your right just east of the drainage ditch that is just east of the Nursery. For the Melrose apts. entrance, enter Melrose, go left until you see the brown wood fence, park and go between each of the apts closest to the woods until you find the entrance.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I really wanna cross the creek behind melrose nd see what else I can find. If anyone knows of any other trails/trail heads, please post and let me know.



Comments
dlucas954 (11/23/2008)
I live in Miami
Wasted Polecat (12/13/2008)
Stony- I used to ride CK about 10 years ago and just recently got back into MTB. I trashed my old Trek 820 and my new bike should be in late next week so I would be down to go check out what's going on across that creek in SE CK. If it's worth it maybe a new bridge will be in order. I went to NW on Thanksgiving day with no luck. The construction has pretty much left nothing to ride. After about an hour of exploring I went across the street to SW and found the old trail head right off of Beach Blvd. Didn't make it far in before the trail was impassible with fallen trees and storm debris. That being said, I just got back from clearing some of the trees and brush back there but still need to do some more work and recon. If it's worth it I might see about doing some reclaiming work to get it back into shape (need to check with the land mangers/owners too). Contact me and maybe we can link up and see if it would be worth while to do some work.
RegrettaAbortha (04/17/2010)
does this trail still exsist?
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Review Date
December 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ufgatorsdm ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
True melrose apts the golf club a couple of housing developments have been built in the area, there are still alot of trails. (I made most of them as a child

1 example is the bunny hop. Plenty of good rythym will make for a fast ride along the edge of what was a tree barging canal.. now made into a storm drain.

more trails behind UNF as well.

I picked 4 on the overall difficulty but in all honesty the trails all vary in their own as well as how hard your willign to pedal and how fast you wanna squeeze your endbars between a couple trees here and there. mine barely cleared a couple

Recommended Route:
one entrance to the original barge creek located 1- in back of melrose apts. park in the publix head south on kernan. Bunny Hop is still open (beach Blvd at kernan) (facing west) just west of the nursery is a storm runoff go just past the drain maybe 5 ft and down to the woods there you will enter and cross a very very narrow bridge continue into woods and there will be two trails seperate (signs at trail seperation) the rest is kinda up to you). Also several other possibilities for similar ride behind melrose apts is the rest of the original creek. even an old wooden bridge if you follow it back far enough. (Note: do not try to jump bridge on a bicycle youll get quite wet)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
there are nearly 200 trails in the area( formerly known as G. Hodges Tree farm), and plent of area to explore. I grew up in this vicinity and spent years in those woods making trails on foot, bike, and dirtbike. you cant get lost just head north south east or west and youll find a main road. Happy exploring. Hope to see you all on the trail.



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Review Date
August 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mtbdave3 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
its no longer there !!!!! Appartments now are in its place.



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Review Date
January 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jirizarry ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Hi,


I just went and ride this trail today, it’s a nice fast trail. Not too technical, just a nice loop to go thru fast.

For those of use who live a bit far from Hanna, it's a good trail to train during the week.

The entrance and exit are quite elusive.

Here is a pic to put on your Web.

Regards


Juan Irizarry
Jacksonville, FL

Recommended Route:
Entrance to the trail is behind the JEA enclosed area just before Melrose Apts. if riding south on Kernan.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hanna Park, Guana Park.



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Review Date
May 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: M.o.D. , from Jax

Summary:
Have ridden this trail before and it wasn't anything spectacular and no where near the total distance of trails listed above....didn't expect much since we are talking Jax here. Just for kicks in case I missed alot on my first visit, went to Bikes Etc. and asked about trails maps for the network. The guy (kinda snotty) said the trails have been torn up and/or are not ride-able. They didn't have any maps. So, what gives?



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