New Light

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Rank: #14 in the Raleigh - Durham area
#129 in NC, #5,504 Overall
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Trail in the area near Wake Forest,
“Technical for the triangle (singletrack / 8.3 miles total)”
Rob Baker on Jun 21, 2013
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4.77.6 milesKilometers 273’83 m Ascent 359’109 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -280’-85 m Descent 272’83 m Low 14% Max Grade (8°)
Dogs: No Dogs
Only open Sundays from September 1 through May 15
The "First Loop" section starts to the right of the gate and can be 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 gap 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.

Just before the "The Gauntlet" rock climb and after you'll see another trail on the right. 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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A loop of Lake Crabtree county park covering most of the trail system.
near Cary, NC
3.7 (3)
A great trail for a quick 8 mile loop.
near Wake Forest, NC

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