Spider Loop - Trail, Ishikawa, Japan

Spider Loop - Trail, Ishikawa, Japan

DESCRIPTION

well, can be technical. very technical. and fast. lots of short quad killer climbs and a couple long grinders.lots of coral in the middle of the trail. some singletracks that have drop offs into the jungle. hair raising slipperyness on damp days. full suspension recommended. try le luge. it is quite the ride. fast and furious and unlike any riding i have experianced on the east coast. and definitly not that buffed out doo doo that the west coast has. they are a real good time.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 24, 2016]
theWrathofKhan
Weekend Warrior

A bunch of slick clay. It's really great for breaking your collarbone.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 06, 2009]
runnermatt
Cross Country Rider

Most of the trails on Okinawa are quite technical. Good tires are a must. I started out as a novice MTB'r here and there is a steep learning curve. I wrecked (not simply falling over) at least twice a ride for the first several months, switched to better tires and essentially stopped crashing except for a few times here and there. That being said take a buddy with you so there is someone to call for help if a worst case scenario occurs. Yes, there are a few spots where one could be seriously injured if one were to crash. The Mother of All Downhills (referred to simply as mother, of course if you crash at the bottom you may be left crying for your mother) was one of these that I never rode. It was probably slightly easier to ride mother than walk it, but not by much. It has been a couple of years but I believe Mother is at the bottom of the trail named Powerline. At the end of Powerline you dive back into the jungle on single track starting out with a rather steep section when reentering the jungle, this soon flatens out and you will want to slow down and stop here to gauge mother before starting down. Mother itself is rather short maybe only 20 yards, but it is at a 60-70 angle from horizontal and about 5 ft wide as you are riding down a ridgeline. Once starting down you must turn sharp left going all the way to the left edge of the trail to get around a large rock and then turn sharp right to get back to the center of the trail. Immediately after getting around the large rock you must get off your brakes to go through the rock garden or risk going over the handle bars. Don't forget to turn left to follow the trail at the bottom, otherwise you will go off a FORTY FOOT DROP into a shallow river with large exposed rocks. Full-suspension is recommended. Enjoy!!!

Similar Products Used:

Paintball, La Luge, Powerline, High Road, Spider Loop, To get you full experience you simply must hook up with the Okinawa Spider Riders on yahoo groups.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 11, 2008]
slowtalker
Cross Country Rider

Someone needs to update the reviews on this one, so I guess I'll do it. I am not by any stretch of the imagination the most knowledgable about these trails.
The Spider Riders of Okinawa maintain this trail and, I think, ride it regularly, but I haven't joined them for a ride yet. The trail conditions vary widely with the seasons. During the spring and summer, heavy rains keep the trail slick and the vegetation so thick, that some sections are simply impossible to ride. At times, the vegetation reclaims sections of the trail, and it's difficult to find your way if you are not familiar.
For your first ride, I highly recommend going with someone who knows the trail or getting an early start to provide ample time for exploration.

Customer Service

I think the best way to enjoy this trail is to just get out and explore all the different routes. Not all the trails connect, so some short connections on the road are required.
I like to do a big counterclockwise loop of the trails. I start by parking across HWY 58 from the paintball fields (Hang a right at the light before the Yomitan Village turn off. Take the road straight to the end. Park by the fence and head north keeping the fence on your right until you start heading up a hill with a deep crevace on the right side.) From there, you have many options. Check out the Spider Rider yahoo group for detailed descriptions.

Similar Products Used:

Paintball Loop for a quick warm-up, Road riding.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 20, 2000]
Greg

Spider loop is an awsome ride about 85% tecnicle single track. this course is muddy about 8 months out of the year, and in the summer the trail is covered in Banana Spiders i mean big ones, so if your scared of spiders i dont recommend it. the begining is mostly an uphill climb thru the jungle then a short rocky downhill called blurred vision, then back up again to a section of jungle called buddy junction, when you think you've made it to the top you hit a hard ball (paved) road you keep going up past the haunted hotel to the the lookout out tower, this is where the downhill fun begins, this section is called la luge it is a fast technicle trail thru the jungle, the sides are very steep in sections thus giving it the name luge. there are some slick coral sections, and trees/jungle along the sides, at the bottom you run into hwy 58 and you follow this back to the start. this is an awsome trail minus the spiders. this is an advanced trail.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used:

Paint ball, camp hansen,there are alot of inter connecting trails totaling about 40 miles,(double drop, speed way, mud rock, the mother, and chibana)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 09, 2001]
Mie

Awesome technical uphill. Slipping over wet roots, coral stickups, tree limbs and narrow ridgeline paths. All going uphill on La Luge. Just when you think you have it licked, you get to the Blurred Vision section. It's called this because of all the 10-12 inch wide 2-4 inch deep divots all over the trail. You bounce so much you can't see straight going down hill, now try this going up! Pedal cadence and timing are critical. Better description of the whole network at http://members.tripod.com/~OMBA/index.html

Customer Service

Same as above. Reverse it for a leg and lung busting climbing experience.

Similar Products Used:

Barking Dog. Paint Ball. Roxas Blvd

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 25, 2002]
Ian

A great collection of trails ... don't be the first to go down Spider Alley during late spring or summer (trick someone else into taking out the Banana Spider webs for you). The trails can be quite technical, wonderful single track ... but there are plenty of side trails that are great for beginners (I even tow my two boys in a trailer on those sections ... best to start `em young!).

Beware of mud, especially for the first couple of days after any heavy rain ... I don't mind the cleanup as much as sliding more than riding. The trails on Okinawa are quite different from others I have riden (in the mid-west and south-west of the USA), so if you are new to the area be prepared to relearn your riding style. The coral rocks, jungle, and sea breeze add a great flavor to the trail!

Customer Service

Follow the directions for the trail listed in the Okinawan MTB webpage listed in the previous review. Be prepared for the initial climb ... a good 20-30 minutes.

Similar Products Used:

Just explore the trail network ... if you get lost you just need to head towards the sounds of traffic along HWY 58 and ride back to the trailhead.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 07, 2002]
Vern

The Spider loop is a series of short trails forming various loops. Each has its own unique obsticale or required skill to complete it. These vary from small drops, narrow exsopsed turns, coral heads, concrecte drainage ditches, small bridges, over the seat steep short decents and heinous technical climbs that leave you breathless with fire in our legs. This trail system runs thru the central hart of the Island and uses much of the right of way for the munitions supply area security fence. Add a few access roads and hand hued single tracks and there is a 50 mile loop to be conquered. With the heat and rain and you will have some of the best jungle trails you will ever ride. Few rides are done with out Mud or Blood.

Customer Service

#1 Chibana Market route. 28 miles
#2 Barking dog route 18 miles
#3 Pullup Bars route. 12 miles
#4 Isikawa powerstation 20 miles

Similar Products Used:

32 K Paint Ball Hawk Ridge Trail

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RATING
5
VALUE
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