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Alum Creek Trail Phase 1

Average Rating:    (3.72 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

Alum Creek Trail Phase 1 is a rolling 6 mile, single track course that offers short climbs with small obstacles, creek crossing and bridges. Many new re-routes have been constructed to reduce the muddy trail conditions that stayed long after a rain. Still allow three days after a rainfall to allow proper drying time. This trail is used extensively and receives between 200 and 400 users per week during the summer. Night riding is permitted until 11:00pm. Seasonal closing does occur from March 1st to May 15th.
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Latitude
39.470125122358176
Longitude
-82.8369140625
Trail Directions
Route 23 see a sign for Alum Creek on the left
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate and beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbus
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Review Date
November 21, 2010

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: trailof ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Having ridden this years ago when there was only 1 set of trails, I was recently pleasantly surprised. I'm impressed by the work the group has made to the area.

I saw a 3 or 4 yr old boy on a learning bike and a 6 yr old girl both riding with their fathers. Very cute! The beginner's trail is wonderful for anyone. Once the dirt has gotten some use and it smooths out it will be even better, it was kind of lumpy currently.

We rode Phase 1 and somehow got onto Phase 2 it seems, some better markers or elimination of "alternates" would be nice. Also, I realize roots are part of the mountain biking experience, but I wish some of the older trails would be closed and re-routed as I couldn't seem to get up to normal cruising speed as I can at Hueston Woods or Harbin Park. Alum isn't the only trail system with this issue, I rode EI in Kentucky a couple weekends ago and it was similar. Just old trails as part of the system prior to IMBA and sustainable trailbuilding became a part of normal life I guess!

Overall a great trail system, I took someone who was in shape but had never ridden MTB before and they enjoyed it.



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Review Date
October 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Cday1616 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Alum Creek is a great place for beginners and for those who have been riding for years. I suggest starting at the gated section past the dam on Africa rd. Ride across the road and start in the new sections of the beginner trail. Taking half the easy trail loop to Phase 1 allows for a good warmup and some varied terrain, and it also lets you stop by the skills section to practice. Once on phase 1, the trail has gradual elevation changes but always has a good flow to it. There are lots of quick downhill sections that are somewhat technical. At the midway point there is a creek crossing which isnt too tough to navigate and comes out of nowhere since it lies at the bottom of a downhill section. From that point there are some great flowing singletrack sections until it drops you out on Africa rd. IMPORTANT: dont follow the trail down to the water on the left, continue on the road to the edge of the trees and make a sharp left to pick the trail back up. Hitting this last section is always a test since it is by far the most technical of the whole ride and it comes when you are the most tired. Once finished with Phase 1 return back to beginner trail and take lefts when the trail splits to return you back to the gate and your vehicle

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I highly recommend Phase 2 and Mohican. Mohican from Columbus is a haul though (1.5-2 hrs) so be warned.



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Review Date
November 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: JPost ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like most other reviews on here say this trail gets a lot of use so exposed tree roots make for some very bumpy sections. I've been riding here for 12 years and keep coming back because of its proximity to C-bus. If I'm on my bike it's hard to complain so the conditions don't bother me. The only thing that does suck are the yuppies walking their dogs and the redneck fishers that occasionally break bottles on the trail. Lately I've just been going up to Phase II instead; more technical and fewer people.

Recommended Route:
There's only one....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Phase II (the big brother)



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Review Date
May 27, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: buckeyebandie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail, nice scenery. A bit rough in some places particularly on a hardtail. It also doesn't drain well at all, but when it's dry, it's a fast ride.

Recommended Route:
Follow the trail map. However, the Google map of its location is wrong. It's on the north side of Columbus just off of Africa Rd. on Lewis Center Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alum Creek Phase 2. A much dryer trail with more elevation changes and better obstacles.



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Review Date
May 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: toomann ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I road the alum creek advanced mtb trail for the first time yesterday and here are my first impressions. From a technical viewpoint the trail rates about average in difficulty. There is nothing that an experienced rider will come upon that is going to be very challenging. That being said, the trail system is well put together with many nice creek crossings followed by short uphill climbs. The length of the trail varies in length depending on which source you use. I'm not sure of the length but there is a good deal of trail that if ridden several
times in a loop either way will make a good ride whatever your ride level. I will also address the mud issue since I feel that this place has been in my opinion mis represented in prior reviews as a mud pit.
On the day I rode which came right after a day and a half of rain, the trail was 80% free of mud. Were there muddy area's?, yes, but I have ridden few places that didn't have muddy areas even in the height of summer. On the other hand, common sense should tell you that in the late fall if it has been wet or early spring if there has been a lot of snow and the temp warms up real fast, most trails are going to be muddy and you should use common sense in deciding to ride. Might be a good day to take to the road bike instead of damaging the trails. Over all if you like good singletrack riding and don't mind the lack of extreme downhill tech stuff then alum creek is worth the drive.

Recommended Route:
see the other reviews

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tar hollow state park just south east of Columbus area. Lots of area to explore in the hocking hills region east of route 23.



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