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Alum Creek Trail Phase 2

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Alum Creek Phase 2 was opened to the public October 2005. It has numerous bridges, several bridge have turns in them. Hill climbs are longer and steeper than Phase 1; many log- overs require advance skill levels to navigate. Soil conditions are clay based so allow 2 days drying time after a significant rainfall. Night riding is permitted until 11:00pm. Seasonal closing from March 1 to May15th.
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Latitude
40.24029166386341
Longitude
-82.96025276184082
Trail Directions
Trail directions – 3 miles north of Alum Creek Phase 1 on Africa Rd. Proceed through the Cheshire Rd intersection, pull immediately into the parking lot on the left, a mountain bike sign and kiosk are in the parking lot. The trail head is across the street from the parking lot and is also marked with signs.
Trail Length
6 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbus
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Review Date
November 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Katie785 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Recently moved to Dayton from Virginia, where I was spoiled with the epic happenings of MORE, but this was a pleasant surprise. It was somewhat technical in that there were a lot of man-made bridges and a couple of super easy log overs. I'd like to see more difficult log overs, perhaps off to the right or left of the trail, giving the main traffic the clear way and the ride "around" the difficult aspect.

Very well maintained!

Recommended Route:
Follow the arrows



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Review Date
June 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Big boater ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm from out of town and was working in the area. Found this trail here and was very pleased. It is super well maintained with lots of fun optional obstacles, drops, bridges, and even a wall ride. It is fast and playful. A little short, but I did two laps and felt fulfilled. Didn't expect this in Ohio. Nice job on this one!

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise I recon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know. I'm from CO.



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Review Date
April 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 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: TheBrad1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good trail if you are looking for a semi technical ride without any hard climbs. It flows very well and is VERY well maintained but please DO NOT RIDE AFTER IT RAINS. This trail drains very well but needs about 1-2 days after a heavy rain to dry out.
This trail offers a variety of challenges from log bridges, wood berms, tree rides, and many man made bridges.
I would rate this trail a 4 out of 5 for technical (only if you attempt all obstacles, 3 if you don't) and 3 out of 5 for cardio due to its lack of climbs. I would rate this trail a 4 out of 5 because of the close proximity to Columbus and because it is VERY well maintained. If you are in the area and don't want to travel north or south then this is the trail for you! ENJOY

Recommended Route:
I recommend riding this trail both forwards and backwards. Start at the parking lot off Africa (100 ft north of Cheshire) and head directly across the street.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alum creek phase 1 is about 4 miles south of phase 2 on Africa rd and its more for beginner to intermediate riders. I also recommend Vultures Knob and Mohican if you are willing to travel about an hour north (71).



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Review Date
September 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.40 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: nrg2go ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Never understood the "advanced" rating of this trail. Very easy and fast ride. Too smooth for my tastes. Only items of any technicality would be a couple of short narrow bridges.

I ride it because it is close to home and gives a good cardiovascular workout. Not sure I couldn't ride my carbon fiber road bike on here though.

Much better rides to be found at Mohican, Vulchers Knob, Wayne Natl, WV or MI.

Must believe those who rate this high have not ridden many other locations.



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Review Date
August 23, 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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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Zachariah666 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I was very impressed with this trail. I just moved to Ohio from Southern California, and I was afraid I'd never find a decent ride out here that could provide a challenge like what I'm used to. Ohio is FLAT compared to what I used to ride, but this trail offers a lot of ups and downs. The terrain is much more exciting than I expected. If it wasn't for the man-made stunts (drop-offs, log-overs, ladders, etc), this trail would be a very easy ride for novices/intermediates, but if you are more adventurous and experienced, you can make this ride fun by hitting all the obstacles. Several emergency exit trails make it easy to bail out early if you have an issue (such as a pinch-flat and a broken chain at the same time, like I had the first time I rode here). So far, this is the best trail I've ridden in Central Ohio, but I've yet to tackle Mohican or Chillicothe.

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot on the Western side of the road, cross the highway and look for the uphill entrance to the trail, with a sign marking it. The trail is a loop that comes out at the same spot, and you can only ride it counter-clockwise. It is single-track the whole way with dense tree cover for most of the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Phase 1 is just down the road, but I haven't ridden it yet. It is shorter and supposedly easier. Mohican State Park offers a lot of good, long trails (a little more than an hour north), and the Chillicothe area (a little more than an hour south of Columbus) is supposed to be fun, too.



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