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Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail

 3.7 (50)

5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers



314' 96 m


-317' -97 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (4°)

928' 283 m


891' 271 m


Shared By Tim Schacht


Minor Issues 1 day ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Trail is firm but damp. Expect slick roots and bridges. Only checked 1st and last Mile because spiderwebs made me angry. -QD History

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

Tim Schacht

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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 Association (COMBA). 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 no bathroom facilities. The trail is about 6 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 park service 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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Jul 23, 2018
Michael Madonia
Jul 18, 2018
Michael Guiou
Jul 8, 2018
Keith Overton
Jul 7, 2018
Keith Overton
Jun 28, 2018
Nate Conrad
Pretty dry for the first two miles, then a bit messier through 3 and 4, sticky track and a few mud spots; the climb out was drier 5.4mi
Jun 4, 2018
Brian Habich
10.9mi — 1h 15m
May 25, 2018
Duane Morris
Some wet spots, a little greasy, big root washout later in the ride. Tree down at about 4.69 miles. Overall. Not a bad ride today.
May 12, 2018
Darin Myers

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Michael Zbawiony
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Michael Zbawiony   Dublin, OH
Little flow to this trail. Very slow. Few high speed sections and poor layout that rarely allows you to maintain any momentum. So many roots that you’re coasting a lot more than pedaling. I could run this trail nearly as fast. At least it’s a mtb trail I’m Cbus. 4 days ago

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