I actually have many trails close to me but this one is the closest. It was known as Section 36 by the county but people just refer to it as the Beav as it's part of The Beaver Lake Trail System. It has since been renamed Soaring Eagle Regional Park and there are plans to develop parts of it into a recreational park with baseball fields and such... bleh!
I ride these trails often because the trailhead is literally outside my driveway. The trails run through the woods in back of my house. Today I decided it was high time I took some pictures. The folliage isn't as thick right now as it would normally be because it's just starting to warm up. On a scale of 0 to 5 where 0 is just pavement, I would have to rate these trails maybe a 2.5 in technical difficulty. However there are some good climbs in there and there are some pretty technical sections. Most of it is just twisty singletrack (slightly wide) with lots of roots and some rocks.
More pictures can be found in my image gallery but here are a few samples.
Trailhead I normally enter from... there are several but this is close to my house.
Just a quick reminder.
A set of logs to make things interesting.
These maps are a new addition. They weren't there previously and even though I ride these trails often enough, I used to still get lost in them... quite embarassing. I'm currently at 20. I'm riding a short loop today that will take me through 26 then to 7 and up to 8 then back down through 23 to loop back to 21. My entry and exit point is 19. there's about 20-some-odd miles of trails (maybe a little more) in the system.
Here's one of the climbs... it doesn't look too steep but it does provide a bit of a workout.
Here's a rider that passed me while I was busy taking pictures. I caught him dabbing on a fallen log. These trails are actually pretty popular... especially on a Friday afternoon and during the weekends. For the record, I actually had to do a slight dab too although the log didn't surprise me as much as it surprised the other rider so I had an easier go of it. I just had my pedal in the wrong position and scraped it a little.
There are many sections of the trail where the maintainers spent time to construct quality crossings for streams.
Here's another climb... right after the crossing. This one is pretty easy as long as you carry momentum crossing over the stream since you were previously coming down the side of the gulley anyways.
Some more rooted parts of the trail.
This center-cut log sneaks up on you. I busted my helmet the first time I encountered this guy. I was a little fast and a little wide and clipped it sending me headfirst into a tree.
Here you can see someone's attempt to create a bypass to the side of that log.
Well, hope you enjoyed the nickel-tour. The development of the land where these trails sit concerns me. But then again, I really can't speak too loudly considering my house sits on the same land and effectively shrunk the trails too. The county does have restrictions on how much can be developed however. Most of these trails exist in protected greenbelts and as you can see there's a pretty effective and active trail maintenance movement by the local riders.