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Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail

 3.0 (2)

26.4 Miles 42.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,521' 768 m

Ascent

-2,634' -803 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

1,904' 580 m

High

1,458' 445 m

Low

Shared By John Beeson

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A hiking trail with portions best described as doubletrack, singletrack, farm fields, and short road connectors.

John Beeson

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Features Commonly Bikepacked

Description

The Westside Overland Trail is basically a hiking trail that consists of ATV-wide path to narrow singletrack. It runs through lots of deep forest sections, shared private land farm fields, and some short road sections. There are even a couple of "lean-to's" for overnight stays.

The trail is maintained by the county, and it posts things that are not allowed on it including horses and motorized vehicles, but bikes are not on the list!

In total, it's a 27-mile long trail that extends from the Brokenstraw State Forest to the Chautauqua Gorge (or vice versa). There are two lean-to’s along the way and each has water pumps. Maps can be found here.

Portions are certainly not overly technical, though there are some quite steep descents and ascents, some gnarly root gardens, and some old and very shaky bridges. The whole thing is a tough haul. If you can get someone to drop you off, the trail is a fantastic cross-country, shuttle route.

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Thank you, Mr. Beeson for introducing this trail! I rode it North to South in July 2018 and found conditions and your characterization of the trail almost exactly as you described - maybe slightly drier. Some sections had been mowed very recently. However, I was riding 29+ and managed the short mud sections OK. The big tires helped on some of those steeper climbs too. I will add that the cow pasture sections have easy bypasses on the road if someone is not up to hauling over those ladders. You are not missing much by bypassing. The water at the Southern camp was pretty good. The "O" section, heading North, had a "Trail Closed" sign. However, a sign at "M" heading South said to "stay on trail due to timber management operations", but did not say "closed". I really enjoyed the trail! There is a lot to it besides grassy doubletrack. 1 day ago
Also, most of the trail is not difficult, but some short sections would be hard for a novice. 1 day ago
John Beeson
Michigan
John Beeson   Michigan
Thanks Brian! I may have just passed you on Thursday! It was definitely drier this year! A very good add about the cow pastures - we should try and map that segment! I also saw the "trail closed" sign and realized that that portion of the trail is just fine! Happy riding! 1 day ago

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