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West Creek Valley

Average Rating:    (3.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

The current park area is offically 160 acres but plans exist to expand it to 400 acres. The park is owned by the City of Parma. I wrote an email to the land management committe asking about their biking policies. I received a reply from the Director of the West Creek Preservation Committee stating that "currently no formal policy on allowable activities pertaining to bicycle use exists. ATV's are however prohibited." Most of the land is not developable which is great terrain for mtn biking. About 3/4 of the trail is doubletrack carved out or mutilated by the ORV crowd. The downhills are steep. Some are almost not climbable. There are two loops that I have found on the West and NE corners. The West loop crosses the Creek twice. Climb up on the East loop and you will have a great view of Downtown Cleveland. A huge (for the Westside) downhill on this side will provide that much needed adrenaline rush. Overall there are a handful of log crossings. One downhill has a monster banked turn which only the ORVs can create. Hardly anyone is here on the weekdays. Watch out for hikers and ORV idiots on the weekend.
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Latitude
41.39097623653649
Longitude
-81.69416427612304
Trail Directions
West Creek Valley is located on the South side of Ridgewood Drive between State Road (SR 94) and Broadview Road (SR 176). The trail head is off a large gravel parking lot also on the South side of Ridgewood Drive. If you are driving anywhere around the 480/77 interchange look for all the communication towers (4 or 5). They are within the park's boundaries.
Trail Length
4
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Parma
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Review Date
August 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike safran ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since your talking about Parma trails and west creek... I've been building a trail in Parma on west creek. It's not official or anything but I'm very pleased so far. There is now 1 mile of rideable trail from behind the elks lodge on snow behind the McDonald's almost to tuxedo park in Brooklyn hits on the other side of broad view. It follows the creek mainly up on a ridge the trail
Is mostly downhill ran from the elks. You can't miss the entrance behind the elks lodge in the corner. At some parts you come out into the grass near apartments and go back in it shouldnt be to hard to follow. The trail will go the whole length of west creek to pleasant valley when I'm done. More to come soon. Let me know how you like it and if you can help. Thanks
Mike



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Review Date
August 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nicksmurf ,  Racer , from Parma

Summary:
I live on the corner on Ridgewood and Broadview. If you want the best experience, park at St. Sava's church and enter the trail in front of the bar on the corner. Ride it till you get to the creek and follow the trail south till it ends or you get bored, then turn around and come back. While decending into the valley from the broadview side there are some wicked hills. Make sure your breaks work and you have good tires. The only way to climb the steep hills is with an alluminum fraim mountain bike. Steel bikes flex to much to get the power to the wheels and weigh an extra couple pounds. I used to borrow my friend's Canondale and ride back there with him a lot. I could make it up only half the steep hills. Walking the bike up sucks but it's a great ride. I've fallen decending the hills a couple times, no fun at all!

If your in the area, go for it! Oh yeah, I love riding down (inside) the creek too, you can start on the south side and go north and it's lots of fun.

Recommended Route:
Exit I-77 @ Plesant Valley and drive west, then turn north on Broadview. or Exit I-480 go South on State, and turn east on W. Ridgewood and drive to the Broadview Intersection. All the good trails are in the woods closer to the intersection, the city parking lot is directly next to the creek and you would have to backtrack all the way to the corner to get to the beginning...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cannal Towpath
Tinkers Creek (inside the creek, got yelled at by the police in the spring (cold) once.



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Review Date
January 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Broadview Ht's

Summary:
Scwman, you're telling me to get a clue! Remember that this "park" was at one time a land-fill! Also, a drinking hang-out for the local kids, who would rather throw the empties, than pack them out. Stay out of any mud in the area, because it really reeks! Scwman, email me if you can, I want to ask you something.

Recommended Route:
See below



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Review Date
December 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Raiderjakk , from Madison, OH

Summary:
There are some nice places to grind it out on this trail.... some of the hills are murder, others are just fun. Not too technical, however, easy to get lost and double-back on yourself. There's also an old parking lot way inside the park that is mostly soup and swamp goo - however, it is interesting to see what was around before development started enroaching. I have no idea if this place is legal. I've since moved out of Parma and I haven't been back in to see what's happened with it. It is a fun ride. There is also a portion behind Parmadale that is single-track that follows a ridge near some of the towers that is awesome. It looked incomplete at the time and quite illegal, but the line on it was great. You could also cliff-dive out from it back into the valley. Sweetness. btw - I named Parmanian Desparado because if you're desparare to ride around Parma, that was a nice place to go. :-)

Recommended Route:
Not sure... I rode it before it was a park....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not many there at all... go out to Atchison for legal riding when okay. Kennerdell in PA, Donlinson Run in WVA, Knob in Wooster, Tsali in NC, and Alleghany in NY... all (except Tsali) are within 3 hours of Parma.



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Review Date
September 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: scwman , from Parma

Summary:
I have never had a flat here from glass. In fact, the only time was from a thorn and I have ridden here about 40 times. Get a clue Rob. This trail is great for anyone who wants a midweek ride and is 20 min. away or less. It will take a few rides to figure out all the trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Knob or West Branch



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