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Redbird Crest Trail

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

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Latitude
37.14608745948667
Longitude
-83.57780456542969
Trail Directions
U.S.80 east from London or The Boone Pkwy.exit on 66 and go to The Redbird District Office of the Daniel Boone Forest, and pick up a map from the rangers
Trail Length
52 mile loop and then some
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Manchester
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Review Date
July 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: John71 ,  Racer

Summary:
I have been moutain biking for about the past year and a half and of all the trails and races I've done, none compares to the Crest trail. It has some sweet climbs and some awesome downhills. The best part is the speed and the bank turns that sets you up for some nice jumps! Which some hills are rutted out and some places have some baby head rock but everyone needs a little tough riding sometimes! Well, unless your from Chicago! Seeing all the deer and turkey is just a bonus on this trail.

Recommended Route:
We usually ride sections of this trail 2 or 3 times a week if possible. The trail is up to about a 75 miles loop and so far the best rote is counter clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Laurel Lake trail is an awesome single track trail



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Review Date
March 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Sean McCutcheon , from Columbus, OH

Summary:
Myself and 3 others rode the whole loop last October. We went into thinking it was a 52 mile loop but actually it was about 80 miles. We highly recommend you take extra gas if you don't have at least a 3.2 gallon tank. We had a buddy that ran out with a 2.6 gallon tank. He had to use reserve to get him back. The other 3 had WR's which have 3.2 gallon takes and we made it without reserve. The trails are deffinately for expert riders. I would not recommend quads. We also had to push are bikes in some areas. We had so much fun,we have a group of guys planning a trip April 11th and 12th of 2003.



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Review Date
May 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kevin , from Indianapolis, IN

Summary:
The Redbird Crest Trail is a 60 mile loop. Some of it is rated for motorcycles only, some for ATV's, horses, etc. I rode sections 19-22, then hiked sections 1-4 (see below for a link to the topo map). This was an incredible, difficult, wonderful trail. I would recommend this trail for anyone who likes climbing, who is a top-level rider, or who wants to spend several days extensively exploring the area. We only had two nights/one day to spend there, and there was no way to see everything the area had to offer. Topo maps of the trail may be found at http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone/5reda.pdf
(/5redb.pdf, etc.) Sections 1 and 21 of these trails are obscenely difficult climbs--roughly 800 feet total, narrow, rocky, with a lot of motorcycle ruts. All but the best riders should expect to push their bikes quite a bit (we did). However, once you reach the crest, the trails run along the ridges, combining incredible views with demanding singletrack. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a trail as much as this one. I talked to some motorcycle guys who knew the trails well, and they said the initial climbs were the most difficult portions of the trails. However, they also indicated that there were a number of ways to get to the top of the ridges without these arduous climbs. I can suggest one alternate route for the faint of heart: Take Gas Well Rd(which begins at the corner where section 1 begins)up into the hills. This gravel road dead-ends at sections 18-19. You probably could park up there and ride. I would most encourage this trail for people who have several days to commit to riding, and who want to combine riding/hiking/camping. This is a remote, pristine area. We went on Memorial Day weekend and hardly saw anyone. I'm giving these trails 4 stars because of the motorcycle ruts and difficulty level, Again, these trails are not for everyone. A superb rider might give these a 5; a poor rider perhaps a 1. For someone in the middle like me, these are almost too much to handle, but still a blast if you enjoy the wild, beautiful Kentucky hills.

Recommended Route:
Take I75 to London, KY, then the Daniel Boone Pkwy to Rt. 66, about 20 miles west of Manchester. Take 66 S off of this exit. From there you can follow the signs to the ranger station. The ranger station is on the right hand (south) side of the road, on the north side is the redbird river. There is a little bridge that runs across the river to a large field. Park at the field and take off!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mammoth Cave Trails (advanced trail is great)



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Review Date
January 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Red Rider , from Brodhead, KY

Summary:
I've never ridden these trails on a mountain bike since I bought a dirt bike a few years ago and decided it was a lot faster and safer (more suspension). However, I used to mountain bike extensively before I converted to motorized power. Both of these sections of provide some gnarly singletrack. It's extremely technical in a few places, up 200 feet at a 70 degree angle on one side of the trail, down 200 at the same angle on the other side. The trail is 6"-12" wide all the way in these sections. If would have been nice to have been able to get off and lift the bike over a few of the rocks. . .There's also some great camping back in these woods. You can usually find a forest road or even one of the trails and pack a sleeping bag and tarp in and just sleep on the ground in the complete middle of nowhere. . .Not often in today's world you can find this kind of seclusion.

Recommended Route:
single track between ranger station and big double picnic area. also the single track on the other side of the road from the ranger station. See the maps at the ranger station for more directions

Other recommended trails in the same area:
S-Tree in McKee has some good very fast mt. bike trails. Not singletrack, but good hardpacked 4-wheeler trails (not rutted out). Very fast, but still entertaining.



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Review Date
October 9, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jeremy , from Kentucky

Summary:
Sorry, but I haven't ridden the trail. Rather, this is a "review" of Lil Pal and his eloquent appraisal of this trail, Kentucky, and its people. While I am country, I take offense to being categorized as "hick" and "redneck" by some inarticulate dolt who is rivaled by a 4th grader in the area of grammar, spelling, and mechanics. Nice to see what skills the Chicago public school system is pumping out...or did you finish high school?



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