“Technical for the triangle”
— Rob Baker on Jun 21, 2013
RestrictionsOnly open sundays September 1 through May 15.
DescriptionThe "First Loop" section starts to the right of the gate and can be wet, muddy and rooty as it is in the deep shady woods with no wind. It's a pretty aerobic start to the ride. However, the rest of New Light dries out very fast because the rest is more gravel, sand and rock combo and it never closes for rain. At the end of "First Loop" you turn left on the fire road and then the "Lake Downfall" starts on the right.
The "Lake Downfall" section starts with a small climb to a cool little downhill with a small jump. Farther down the trail is a rutted out downhill where there used to be a bridge but it has fallen down and a sort of jump built in front of it. However there is a ride around on the left. There's also a log pile type obstacle after that and the trail skirts the lake.
After crossing another fire road you'll be on "Sig's loop" which is similar to "Lake Downfall" but more vertical accents and descents including the switchbacks with a downhill after with some jumps. Farther down the trail is a log to try and ride left to right, or drop off of or hit the jump on the left of the stump. There are also several rock piles to ride over.
After that is "The Gauntlet" (what the trail is known for) a tough rocky climb and a rocky descent.
Also: Just before the "The Gauntlet" rock climb and after you'll see another trail on the right. I think it is "Howard's Connector" or "way in way out." It's often thick with bushes in the summer because it is a very open forest there. But it's a nice loop that adds more miles and has some fun sections to it. (Not currently mapped)
After finishing this you'll hit another fire road, turn left and the "Easy Street" is on the right. This takes you back to the parking lot and there is a sign there. For the most part, New Light is all one big loop with the exception of the extra loop by "The Gauntlet". In general there are plenty of obstacles and rocks and some good downhill sections. It is considered the most difficult trail in the triangle.
Please DON'T POACH it when it is closed.
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