firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:Are there maps at the trailhead or should I print one?
The old map is still up at the green loop trail head, the small map that was up at the red loop was stolen. I have not replaced the kiosk map with the new one yet (hopefully this weekend). The arrows on the green loop are still not up, but it is easy to follow. If you park at the green loop trail head, the green loop starts across from the parking.
The place is not very big and you should never get really lost. The trails are bounded by the river and the road.
Here is my recommended route to ride 95% of the trails in one fairly continuous loop minimizing the amount of time on the road:
Park at the green loop trial head. Ride the road north to the start of the blue loop. On the blue loop take the left fork after crossing the bridge. Shortly after you reach the river the blue and red loops come together; stay right on the blue loop. Finish off the blue loop (you will pass another option to head to the red loop...skip this option). The blue loop ends at the red loop trail head; this should be pretty obvious. Don't exit. Just shoot straight onto the red loop. Take the right turn up the small hill. Once you reach the top you are now entering the Playground. Technical features are currently being built in this area. There are bypasses for all the features and it is your responsibility to inspect all features prior to riding. When you come to an intersection with a red and green arrow; follow the red (left). Follow the red loop arrows back to the river. There is one turn on the ridge by the river (alluded to above) that can be easy to miss. The trail shoots off to the left. If you miss this turn you will end up in an open sandy/grassy area by the river. Follow the trail until the red and blue come together. You should recognize this section from riding the blue loop. This time stay on the red (left). Follow until you come to another sign post. This sign will have two red arrows. The top continues the loop, the bottom heads you back out to the river. If you want to repeat the section of trail that you just rode, follow the bottom arrow, otherwise continue on by following the top. You may eventually notice the road again. Do not exit. Stay on the red loop and ride the Playground a second time. When you reach the post with the Red and Green arrow exit the red loop and head towards the green loop by going over the log pile. On the road take a left. Ride up the hill on the road to the start of the green (this will soon be changed and you will be able to jump back on the trail shortly after the easement. You can already use the trail that is there but the trial is not designed to ride this direction, especially the right turn at the top). Ride the entire south green loop then shoot straight across the road and ride the north green loop (stay left at the one intersection on this section of trail). You should now be back at your vehicle...Repeat.
Once you get to know how all the loops, especially the red and blue, work together you can create several route variations to keep things interesting. It is even better if you also know where the old trails go.
Perhaps it is time to start up a group ride? Thursdays?