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A flat, rooty and fast singletrack that weaves through the woods.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

100%

Singletrack

928' 283 m

High

891' 271 m

Low

314' 96 m

Up

317' 97 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Located just 30 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio, Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail is great cross-country singletrack.

Need to Know

The trail typically needs a few days after raining to dry out. The Alum Creek Phase 2 Trail will typically dry out much faster than this trail so Phase 2 is always an alternative.

There is a small portion of road riding to connect back to the rest of the trail about 3/4 of the way through the trail. Turn left when exiting the woods, and the entrance will be on your left.

Description

The Alum Creek MTB Trail system is located in Delaware County, Ohio in Alum Creek State Park. The trail was built and is maintained by the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization (COMBO). The trail system is located on the east side of Alum Creek Reservoir.

It's made up of two different phases. Phase 1 parking lot is located off of Lewis Center Road and has a portable bathroom facilities. The trail is about 6.5 miles long and is well marked, ridden counter-clockwise M-W-F-Sat, and clockwise Tues, Thurs, & Sun. The trail has some technical elements to it including large tree roots and ladder-bridge crossings. Phase 1 is an intermediate trail with nice flow, you can keep a good speed throughout the trail.

The trail runs next to a portion of the reservoir and has plenty of nice scenery. At about 3/4 or 5 miles into the trail (depending on direction) you have to ride next to a portion of Africa Rd. to connect with the rest of the trail. You're only on the road for about an 1/8 of a mile. Throughout riding at Alum Creek, you'll notice old roads and old house foundations from when the US Army Corps of Engineers took over the land to make the reservoir. It adds a cool element to the trail to think back at how it looked when there were farms and houses in the area before the valley was flooded.

Across Lewis Center Rd. from the Phase 1 parking lot is a Beginner Loop trail and Skills Park. See Alum Creek Beginner Loop Trail for more info.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tim Schacht with improvements by Ed Braunbeck and 5 others

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Photos

Enjoying the features on P1!
Jun 29, 2020 near Lewis C…, OH
New sign at bridge 6
Sep 27, 2019 near Lewis C…, OH
Trail by the water
Sep 4, 2019 near Lewis C…, OH
Bridge over a small stream
Sep 4, 2019 near Lewis C…, OH
One of the boardwalks
Sep 4, 2019 near Lewis C…, OH
Nice ladder bridge
Nov 17, 2013 near Lewis C…, OH
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