West Branch State Park - Full Tour

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11.4 Miles 18.4 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

567' 173 m

Ascent

-566' -172 m

Descent

1,150' 350 m

High

992' 302 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Unknown

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A tour of all the trails at West Branch State Park, combining long fast sections to slow and rough.

Eric Greene

Overview

Closed seasonally from March 1st to through the third weekend of May to give the trails time to dry. This is marked at the trailhead and the trails would be nearly impossible to ride with any bike because the high clay mud sticks to everything. The rest of the year the trail may be closed after rain until the trail once again has time to dry out.

The trails are also closed during the hunting seasons, so be sure to check for this if you are headed out in the fall or winter.
West Branch State Park is the land surrounding West Branch Reservoir in Ravenna, OH. It has been hand built by CAMBA volunteers over many years. The result is a fun and varied selection of trails. There are nice lake views and smooth singletrack on the Lakeside Trail.

The Quarry Trail seriously ups the difficulty with some really rough ground. The Southside Trail is a mixture of all of this and really rounds out a ride. Once again, this area is closed due to rain longer than other areas in the region so please pay attention to recent rainfall and season.

Need To Know

There is a nice campground here if you are traveling or looking to spend a night out with the fam. There is a bathroom at the main trailhead.

Description

This ride follows the signed direction of travel through almost all of the mountain bike trails at West Branch State Park.

Starting at the Main Parking Lot at the West end of the riding area head onto the obvious doubletrack dirt path and take a left at its end. You'll almost immediately head into the woods on the left. This puts you on the Lakeside Trail. This generally follows the edge of the reservoir and is well signed. It does cross the snowmobile trails many times, but it is always obvious which way the mountain bike trail continues.

Eventually you'll end up back on the dirt/decaying asphalt Cable Line Rd. You'll take a left onto this road, through the gate, and then take another right onto the paved Porter Rd. A little ways up this road you'll enter the woods again on the left and this will get you onto the Quarry Trail. Take this in either direction, although it is usually ridden clockwise. The trail surface can be rather rough, but is a whole lot of fun in my book.

Head back down Porter Rd. and back onto Cable Line Rd., which will be ridden past the Lakeside Trail exit a ways further until the Southside Trail entrance is encountered on the left. This trail is once again easy to follow with only much larger snowmobile trails crossing it. After passing through a fun stream gully and past some junk, you'll end up right across from the doubletrack spur that takes you to the parking area.

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https://youtu.be/ibtaVJynNVs Nov 5, 2015


I've ridden Westbranch 3 times now. It was my first MTB experience and not what I thought. Having since ridden Mohican, Quail Hollow, & Camp Tuscazoar; experience helps. Rode this a few weeks back and just slowing down, relaxing with the right bike adjustments has made a huge difference. No doubt the trail is technical with the roots and rock gardens but that's what Ohio MTB is all about! It's a great trail for practice and experience! Aug 2, 2016


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