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Tour de Wolf RENEWED and IMPROVED

Average Rating:    (3.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

{The Scope and Route of the course has some dramatic changes that has caused people to drop some gears or a chainring to handle the new trail cuts.} { Must follow new cuts as old ones are closed and could lead to injury by barbed wire fencing relocation.}The rolling terrain, with more climbs & some fast descents add to the NEW COURSE. Still Water crossings after heavy rains (but no riding at least 24 hours after, Right ?.) Be careful. Beautiful wooded areas with open fields and several fireroad section.
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Latitude
35.13837044612215
Longitude
-89.83271598815918
Trail Directions
Exit I-240 at Walnut Grove, go east past Christian Brother's High School, Cross Bridge after stop light. Go to next stop light and Make a left at stop light and bear right to enter Park, go to Visitors Center by Patriot Lake and climb paved road behind V.C. to start trail on right. [Click link for map] The trail runs CLOCKWISE...
Trail Length
about 6 miles now
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Center of Memphis
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Review Date
June 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Samuel ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail this last weekend when I visited the Memphis area and was a little disappointed. I think the biggest issue I had was the marking of the trail. There are a lot of little paths and its unclear as to where the main trail lies. The trail is marked as 6 miles but I ended up doing 5.4. I am a beginner and the trail was nothing difficult at all. There were dogs and runners sharing some of the sections so I had to play nice with some of the other traffic. If I am in the area again I think I'll try to find another trail or maybe find someone more familiar with this one.



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Review Date
September 15, 2011

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: Pacing Myself ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's not overly technical. Some people see that as a positive, some see it as a negative, but it comes down to personal preference. Once you figure out all of the best lines you can make your way through the woods pretty quickly. If you like going fast, you'll like this trail. Dogs and walkers are an unknown variable every time you ride - but most seem to understand that they need to get out of the way of bikers. There are a few narrow sections where if you meet someone coming the other direction (trail officially goes clockwise) there really is nowhere to go.
Drains quickly after a rain, but there are a few spots in the woods that will offer some mud.
I ride this trail a lot, and once you get to the point where you know exactly what's around every turn (barring any surprises by walkers, dogs or the occasional deer) then the challenge becomes setting a new best time.
Not sure how to rate the Aerobic Difficulty - it's as hard as you're willing to work.

Recommended Route:
clockwise



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Review Date
September 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tbone99 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Horrible trail. Very poorly marked and heavily rutted throughout. Don't waste your time.

Recommended Route:
Was lost most of the time so can't recommend a route.



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Review Date
March 6, 2005

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: Giant DTZ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was a really fun ride. Not too technical, no steep climbs, no big down hills just a good fun ride. There are a lot of open single track sections where you are riding over what seems to be old pasture area and some nice little sections in the wooded areas. There are some sections that you can get some good speed on, I registered 36 mph on my computer. The trails are pretty well marked and are in good shape, nice and hard packed, not too many muddy spots (considering the recent rain) or big ruts from horses. I did come across a few hikers and dogs on the trails and one horse so keep an eye out for those, there a few blind spots where you can be moving pretty good and not see someone coming. This would be a great place to take a beginner or a group of buddies out for a couple of loops. You can knock this one out in well under an hour if you are in decent shape, allow a little more time for the first timers. There is also a bike wash station which is excellent...and rare. I really enjoyed this one, LIVESTRONG!!

Recommended Route:
Park at rangers station and head up the paved road, trail begins on your right after about .37 mi.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
As you come into Shelby Farms you will see a "kite flying area" which is designated....yes, for kites! Anyway, there is an access road along that area, follow it across the Hwy. and you will find another set of trails. I have seen them labled as the "White trails" There are three sections: White, Yellow and Blue. From what I was told by the locals you can ride the White and Blue, Yellow is reserved for hikers. It is nice 10 mi. or so single track, no real elevation, it is primarily a rolling single track but allows you to gain some speed. There are quite a few roots and tech. crossings, 2-3 drops that are probably 15-20 ft down and back up, a couple of bridges and a few short steep climbs. Having only been in Memphis for a few weeks it was a new and fun place to ride. I can best describe it as being right in the middle of Stanky Creek and the Tour De Wolf, it has the best mixture of both tracks, plus it is all wooded as opposed to the TDW. Don't be afraid to give this one a shot, you might be surprised, it is a nice change of pace. LIVESTRONG!



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dargath ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Tour de Wolfe is a pretty good cardio trail, but don't expect much in the way of technical difficulty. It's all about speed, climbing and you agility in dodging dumbfounded dogs in the middle of the trail.

If you want to head out consistently and its close by, its a great trail to try to improve your quickest times on. Unfortunately, it seems like we're going to be losing this trail at some point, either officially due to complaining hikers or unofficially because they just clog the trail.

It's clearly marked as a "bike trail" but everyone walks on it with an average of TWO dogs off their leashes. Be careful coming around corners because the dogs tend to stare at you in the middle of the trail like a dear in the headlights. I've taken to awarding myself "handicaps" of 30 seconds for each dog I encounter.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the basic route. Taking the canyon is still a possibility (and there's even less traffic).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stanky Creek is the best trail in the Memphis area. Sad that I rode a blue (intermediate) trail at Whistler (X-country, not downhill) that was 4X more difficult than Stanky (Cut yer Bars).



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