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Stony Creek MTB 6/12 Hour Route

 3.5 (17)

10.2 Miles 16.5 Kilometers


55%

Singletrack

654' 199 m

Ascent

-652' -199 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

943' 287 m

High

793' 242 m

Low

Shared By Nick Shue

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This route of the mountain biking trails is arguably the most challenging at Stony Creek.

Nick Shue

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Winter time, these trails include cross-country ski trail only and should not be ridden when snow covered.

Overview

This route includes most of the singletrack and every two-track climb in the trail system. This is used for MTB races such as the 6/12-hour endurance race. It ranges from fast, smooth flowy singletrack to steep, washed out climbs and rocky, sandy descents. There is an enjoyable mix to keep you from getting bored.

Need to Know

There's a park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. The trails are multi-use. Be respectful of other trail users.

For more information go to the CRAMBA site. Additionally, a paper map can be located here.

Metro park maps can be located here.

Description

Start off at parking lot C, at the cul-de-sac head off to the right (north). At the two-track turn left.

Turn left at marker 1, start your climb up "Three Gear Hill." Pass through marker 27 then look for singletrack off to the right

Turn right at marker 26, once you exit singletrack, quickly look right again and merge back onto the singletrack onto the "RollerCoaster." Follow the singletrack for over a mile. shortly after the "Rest Area," the trail will split left or right, you want to stay right to marker 28.

Turn right at marker 28 through the "Swamp Cutout."

Go right again at marker 29 and then take a quick left onto the singletrack.

Turn left at marker 3, follow two track past markers 4 and 5. After climbing on the two track, it's time for a little hammer action. Blast down the gentle downhill doubletrack for 3/4 mile. At the end, the trail will make a 90-degree turn to the left which will put you at the marker 6.

Turn left at marker 6, this is the start of the "Pines" singletrack, a fast, flowy section of trail.

When the singletrack ends stay right.

Turn right at maker 19.

Make a 150-degree left turn at marker 18.

Make a 120-degree right turn at marker 20.

Past marker 16, at the top of the hill, turn left onto singletrack. If you come out to an open field or marker 15, you went too far.

Go left at the next intersection then merge onto "The Back Nine." At the end, you'll have a sweeping right downhill run then a steep sandy climb which is the "Grassy Knoll."

Go right once you reach the top of the "Grassy Knoll" and then follow the trail to the right at the next intersection. Climb the steeper two-track and at the top notice the caution sign with "Woo-Hoo" on it, the descent is very loose and washed out, use caution.

At the bottom, follow the flow of the trail to the left at marker 23.

Continue about 500 yards on the two-track and look for an entrance of singletrack to the right. Follow it and it will merge into the second half of the "Roller Coaster."

At marker 24, there will be singletrack straight across the two-track, do not take it, keep left onto the two-track trail. Time again for some doubletrack hammer time!

Continue downhill past marker 15.

Turn right at marker 12.

Left turn at marker 17.

Left turn at marker 5.

Right turn at marker 8.

Right turn at marker 9 straight up "Mead Road hill" through marker 10.

Right turn at marker 11.

Right turn at marker 12.

100 yards ahead, turn left at the old Sheldon Estate, rock walls follow the trail to the left and climb back towards marker 15. Just before leaving the tree line, merge to the singletrack on the right and start climbing on the "Snake" trail.

At the top of this climb is marker 25 or "Mt. Sheldon," follow the two-track trail to the right. Stay right and use caution as this downhill has erosion and is loose. At the bottom, stay left and start climbing gain on the "Golf Course Climb." Once at the top, a short ways past marker 29 will be singletrack trail, take it This short trail will exit onto doubletrack, now turn right. 100 feet take the singletrack on the left. This downhill will return you back to the start/finish area at Lot C.

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Sep 16, 2018
Arno Van Weert
Sep 1, 2018
Christina Antonie
Jul 30, 2018
Brian Curell
Jul 17, 2018
Christian Clark
Apr 30, 2018
Scott Greig
Rode to trail front entrance to trolly trail, loop and a half then to golf course into trails, to Sheldon Rd start, full loop 20mi — 1h 45m
Oct 9, 2017
Brad Metzger
First time at Stoney Creek. Good flow. Lots of climbs. 14.5mi
Aug 4, 2017
Mike Rosik

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