This area is mostly smooth and flat with very few roots and rocks. Beginners can walk bikes over roots and rocks the first time. Beginners should stay in this area until they can confidently ride over every root and rock; only then should they try Turkey Hold the Rocks
when they are ready for some hills!
You might need to ride this loop slower until you become familiar with the area. Soon, however, you'll be ripping through this loop (just watch out for slower traffic).
This ride eventually travels each trail (Pink Trail
, Pink Trail Bypass: Used for Snake laps
, and Middle Snake North
), both directions. The trails are not all well-marked so use the MTB Project mobile app
to stay on track.
From the parking lot, the trail entrance is near the SW corner of the lot roughly 30 yards north of S Elwood Ave, head west. At the first junction, continue straight (west) to the second junction (in a wooded area, if you reach the power lines cleared area you went too far), at 0.4 miles, and take a hard right, basically a 170-degree turn.
At the next junction, continue straight, then turn left onto what is basically an old road at the next junction (0.6 miles). You'll cross the cleared power lines area, then continue straight through multiple junctions until you see an old washing machine, at 1.4 miles. Turn left here; always turn toward the old washing machine.
At the next junction, which is an open grassy area 1.8 miles along the ride, turn left. At the next major junction (this is a section of trail you were on earlier), at 2.2 miles, turn right. At the junction just before the cleared power lines area, at 2.7 miles, turn right. Continue straight through the junction in the open grassy area (you were here before), then at the old washing machine (3.3 miles in), turn right.
After you pass the large rocks on your left, at 3.4 miles, turn right, up the straight old road. At the junction in the open grassy area, at 3.7 miles, turn left and when you run into a tee on an old road at 3.9 miles, turn right. You'll cross the cleared power lines area and at the second right past the power lines, at 4.0 miles, turn right.
At the second junction in a wooded area (if you reach the power lines cleared area you went too far), at 4.3 miles, make a hard left, basically a 170-degree turn. Then continue straight until you are back at the parking lot.