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Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

Average Rating:    (2.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Come and ride what is certainly the best mountain bike trail in the entire Cleveland Metroparks system.

There is a short singletrack loop for beginners with mild climbing and a few tricky turns - about 1/2 mi.

The rest is intermediate singletrack that climbs moderately up, then swoops down and up and around.

Careful on those bridges when it's wet!
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Latitude
41.430959096123125
Longitude
-81.66250348091125
Trail Length
2 mi.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cleveland
State/Territory/Province
OH
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
October 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: heybrady ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Road this trail mid-October after work and enjoyed it. I agree with the other reviews that it is nothing special, but it is what it is. It's a good place to go if you are short on time and want a nice workout. I did three laps in 45 minutes, with leaf cover. Alot of ups and downs, but nothing too sustained. Very much like a roller coaster, lots of fun when you are short on time.

Recommended Route:
Only one way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mohican.



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Review Date
November 15, 2009

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: nickdiore ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trail a lot because it's close. It's the trail I learned to ride on so it's got a special place in my heart. There are some extremely fast sections and a few spots to get air. I've crashed pretty badly here a few times. There are no good spots to land. Watch out for hikers and nature center youth group walks, not to mention the occasional pile of dog feces.

Recommended Route:
circular

Other recommended trails in the same area:
vulture's knob, mohican



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Review Date
September 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Pedal Bob N. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Be ready to go right out of the chute. Just yards after the intermediate loop starts, you'll hit a rock garden that's like riding down stairs. Then you'll find a gradual climb that yanks sharply up at the top -- better shift before you hit it!
Then you're on the roller coaster.
Yeah, it's short -- I've done the whole intermediate loop, including the backside fire road, in 12:17, and I don't have great skills. I'm sure a skilled and fit racer could do it in 10:00. But hey, there aren't a ton of other 12-minute stretches of singletrack around here that are a lot more fun than this one. And there are some seriously high penalties for failure, too.
If you're in training: Do some laps to work up a sweat. Then do some fast hill repeats on the 0.8-mile, 5-6% climb on paved trail from the towpath to E. 49th. Then another loop or 2 on the dirt. You'll get a hell of a workout.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Doan Brook (called Cleveland Heights Ravine on here); Huffman/Reagan Park in Medina; West Branch.
And Mohican, of course, but it's 2 hrs. away.



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Review Date
July 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dave13748 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sure it's short, but a roller coaster ride. The problem is the douchebags at the Metroparks; they only gave us this much land to work with and Camba has done a superb job with what it was allocated. Do multiple laps, time yourself to see if you can clock in under 10 mins a loop.. it's all we have for the foreseeable future.

Recommended Route:
There's only one

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Knob, MSP, W branch, Reagan Park



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Review Date
June 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mattfromohio ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trail a lot just because it's so close to home. It's short, simple, and fast. No technical challenges unless you're on skinny tires or right after a rain when it gets real slick. Highly recommended for a quick after work ride, but not worth a special trip.

Recommended Route:
Only 1 route. Ride fast.



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