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Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail



5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 314' 96 m
Descent: -317' -97 m
High: 928' 283 m
Low: 891' 271 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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

Tim Schacht

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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.


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, typically ridden counter-clockwise. 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 trail. See Alum Creek Beginner Loop Trail for more info.


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May 16, 2020
Keith Overton
Opened the mm closed
May 10, 2020
Keith Overton
Apr 22, 2020
Chuck Shoenfelt
First time, it was awesome! 4mi — 7h 00m
Apr 4, 2020
Connor Wilson
Some muddy areas. In great shape overall for the time of year. Any rain will make this super muddy again. 5.3mi — 1h 39m
Apr 4, 2020
Keith Overton
Trail is pretty great shape for this early in the season... some nice reroutes too
Apr 3, 2020
Vincent Licata
Apr 2, 2020
Joe Baker
ALOT of roots but a good technical ride. some neat features. COMBO is working on what looks like a great drop in jump/berm feature. Cant wait! 5.4mi — 2h 00m
Oct 15, 2019
Keith Overton
Nice first night ride!!

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Nice ladder bridge
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