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Atchison (Hog Ridge Lake Metro Park)

Average Rating:    (3.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

Mountain Bike Ohio covered this trail in their 1st and 2nd editions. It is a great ride for somebody stuck in Cleveland. Trail makes great use of a limited real estate. Log jumps, root jumps, rut jumps, hairpins galore. Most of it is pretty easy but there are some parts that require you to stay alert. Definitely scenic. Don't fall off the cliff to the right of the trail midway through because it would probably hurt. The best part is the descent into the river via the River Loop which includes a couple of short, rooty v-drops, more roots, and a not-so-nice switchback. Ride back up is a little tough, but worth it. Definitely not as technical as the Dump or the Knob, but it's legal and the trail's got a nice rhythm to it. More XC than anything else, but still a good place to ride every now and then.
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Latitude
41.75556246154915
Longitude
-81.02640151977539
Trail Directions
From Cleveland, take I-90 East out of town, past 44, past Vrooman road, to 528. There's a watertower with horses around it and a McDonald's. Make a right. Turn left at the next road - there's a gas station at the corner. Go down the road about a mile. You will pass Bates Road. Trail comes up about a half mile after that across the street from a gas well. Do not go on trails on the gas well property. The better stuff's across the street.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Madison
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Review Date
August 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: melt616 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a good beginner's trail. They do a nice job of up-keep. Not very technical, and no real climbs/descents. Some roots, trail is pretty tight, with some nice switchbacks. You can see most of the trail the whole time, they got the most out of the acreage. Not a ton of trails in Lake county, worth checking out, or trying or dialing in a new product, as you can make several loops.

Recommended Route:
go counter clockwise first, then next loop go clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Zimmerman's is Mentor headlands



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Review Date
September 10, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nitzer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fast single track, short climes, short DHs nothing steep at all. 3 log rides, well 1 real one, a few small bridges about 4 I think. CAMBA site says 3 miles, more like 2. Not worth the dive from the west side of Cleveland. But then again there are no legal trails on the west side of Cleveland. If you don’t live near by, don’t waist you time if you’re looking for something more challenging go south a bit to WEST BRANCH state park, but I guess it’s not be for the beginner or some that live near by.

Recommended Route:
There is only one way you can go...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nope.



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Review Date
June 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cakuester ,  Racer

Summary:
The re-routes have set in nicely and have eliminated most, but not all, of the wet spots and also made the trail 'flow' better. At only 2 miles, the next stage will be to completely eliminate the last few wet spots and add a bit of distance, although we'll be limited by the acerage. The re-opening of the river loop will be a key, but will require a lot of work to make the section susstainable.

Recommended Route:
I always ride the loop clockwise (so you get to ride down the little steep hill).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No legal ones within 40 miles. Sigh.



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Review Date
November 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: itbcrx928 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lets be true to our sport here people. any day spent on a trail is a good day, no matter what the trail. would you rather work or be at school? or would you rather ride some singletrack, no matter where? it's p to you...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
anyplace with no dirt, singletrack, friends and nature



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Review Date
October 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dick ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Jan from Columbus: Sorry you made the trip to Atchinson and found it a waste of time. Again to reiterate, Atchinson belongs to Lake Metroparks and unfortunately we do need to abide by their rules. CAMBA has been working with the park to do the best we can do with the limited space and if you have been out there since Sept. 21 you will notice a few re-routes that have been completed and also a few new sections-to-be. There will be an official work day out there on Nov. 30 but if you want to go out anytime and work the trails then please do so but stay in our flagged areas or send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to meet you out there or at least fill you in on what to do.



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