Rodalben - TRAIL

Rodalben - Trail, Keiserslautern, Germany

This is the SWEEEEETEST singletrack known to man!!!! It is a loop that has easy going up's and downs . It has perfect dirt. and minimal foot traffic. I speak for everyone who has been so fortunate. Distance is up to you you can go from 2mi to 20 mi . i always do the whole thing. You just get in a trance when your riding this trail. It's soooo fun . i can go on and on . I will say this , there is not a rating high enough for this trail. I know people who have left here , and are now coming back Just to ride (Rodalben) again.......Awesome!!!!!

User Reviews (24)

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spookyload   Cross Country Rider [Jun 06, 2010]

I ended up here by mistake. I was looking for the #1 trail in PFalzerwald but couldn't find the trailhead. I figured I would ride the F-trail till I found the #1 and then go along it. Never happened. Didn't really know where I was going on the F-trail which was sort of nerve wracking, but it is very well marked. Lots of little white signs with a green "F" on them everywhere. I did know it was a loop, so I figured I would end up at the start eventually if I rode the whole thing. Rode the whole thing, and again, wasn't expecting to ride that much so was a little short on water. Lots of hikers on Sunday, but they were all very friendly. Some rock climbers too, but they put lots of warning triangles up around the area they were at.

The trail: Doesn't look like it is getting much action any more. Thinking that the Pfalzerwald is taking some of it's buisiness. Very overgrown with Stinging nettles in many areas, and trees that were downed in a wind storm months ago littered the trail. Great dirt on the trail, so any tire will work when it is dry. I would estimate 90% of the trail is single track, and dicey to pass on. Nice amount of natural obstacles that require some skill in spots to clear. The only downer of the trail are the multiple sections of stairs that are unrideable going up. Going down could happen, but I don't want to take a chance of tearing up the trail to do it. I like to ride, not walk, so I wasn't a fan of the stair sections. It is rolling the whole way. No climb is unsufferably long by any means. With the right flow, you can usually get to the tops of the climbs with the momentum from the last descent.

Having a wife that only likes to ride beginner trails, I am pretty well versed in trail skill levels. She will tell me something is too hard. This trail is not a beginner trail. Without care a beginner will get hurt. Lots of drop offs, and the trail is on the side of a mountain for most of the time. I am a intermediate/expert trail rider, and this trail was a good trail for me. If you like to jump, there are spots for that. If you like to haul A$$ on descents, there are places for that too.

Customer Service

I found the trail head at the cemetary prior to entering Robalden. Quiet parking lot to say the least. The directions above are not to the correct trail. I rode up the little path and started the trail in a clockwise direction.

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5
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3
zenkem   Weekend Warrior [Dec 16, 2008]

The map for this trail is wrong...see "F Trail" in the town of Rodalben. Moderators can something be done about this???

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1
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pangster   Racer [Nov 05, 2008]

This trail is the same trail as the one described for the F trail above. The directions to the trailhead was great i got there. i got in 3.5 miles of singletrack until i stopped seeing signs that was marked the trail. i saw was jeep trails and road signs. there were some marked trees that went down the tow below. so i just turned around. it was a good ride. nothing technical. you basically are riding along the side of the hill. so you start out climbing. the views were amazing. it was a different experience and it would be a nice ride after work but i wouldn't call it the sweetest single track.

Customer Service

someone else help me find the other 17 miles of this trail.

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3
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4
Serenity Now   Racer [Jun 12, 2007]

I'm glad others enjoy this trail so much, and I'm not trying to take anything away from their experience, but I do have to inject a dose of reality here.

Sure this is just one person's opinion, but I have been riding mtb's now for close to 20 years throughout all of Western Europe, parts of Asia, Africa, Sth America, U.S., Canada, Australia and NZ, so I feel somewhat qualified to pass judgement. The fact that people had built this trail up so much here, made me drive several hours to check it out. Big disappointment.

If you truly think this is the best thing going, I would suggest you get out a little more and see what else there is on offer. You may be pleasantly surprised.

I'm not going to give it the lowest rating, because I've certainly ridden worse, but I've also ridden a heck of a lot better.

Sorry people......

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3
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2
EVERYUSERNAMEISTAKEN   Cross Country Rider [May 13, 2007]

This trail is all about flow. Like other reviewers have said: lots of ups and downs. But no real long climbs that I have encountered. I have only ridden half of it so far but it is a lot of fun. I wouldn't call it a technically challenging trail by any means but it is good as it gets for the local area if you want singletrack...that is unless you are like the germans and love riding on fireroads

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3
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3
Clad   Weekend Warrior [May 18, 2005]

Good trail. Plenty of little up's and down's with nice views. Check the weather before you go cause I have been rained on half the time I go.The day always starts out clear but then it seems to rain and rain some more.

Similar Products Used: Bismark turn in Landstuhl and Jacobs Pilgrimage
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4
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3
leviallen78   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2004]

This trail is awesome!! I just rode it today, which was also my first single track experience. It definitly requires some legs, which I don't have yet but none the less it was awesome. I would recommend this trail to anyone that is reasonably fit. As far as the rest, everyone has covered it. Bring water, I would advise yellow glasses if any. I wore them and they seemed to help in seeing any rocks and, roots. Definitly stop by the resturant and grab a cup of coffee. The owner speaks great english and is very nice. I didn't have a single problem with any locals, or hikers. One group even offered me some water and to join them in their lunck break. A little courtesy goes along way with the locals!! Thhis is an awesome place to ride lets not ruin it!

Customer Service

Same as others, park by the gas station in the dirt lot and head back towards the autobahn until you see the first entrance marked F-trail and keepfallowing it.

Similar Products Used: I will let you know!
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5
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4
Freitag_firestarter   Weekend Warrior [Sep 11, 2004]

Amazing singletrack for all levels of riders. I rode this trail for the first time today on my brand-new bike. What an amazing introduction into the world of true mountain biking!! My friend and I only did the first quarter (and turned back) for about 22 KM. One note: do not get overconfident on this trail or you will find yourself 15 feet from the trail at the bottom of a ravine or impaled on a stump. Stay close to the worn center of the track, or it could get very ugly. I have another year here in Germany and I will definitely be back!

Customer Service

Park at gas station and cross street going back toward the Autobahn for 200M. Go up the "F" trail and follow it til your heart's content or about to give out.

Similar Products Used: Annweiler forest trails, Kaiserslautern Wildpark trails.
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5
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3
Ghost Rider   Cross Country Rider [Nov 25, 2003]

The Reviews on this trail is soooo wrong. Very disappointed with this trail. I was expecting a challenge and received garbage. The riders who wrote about this trail must be wannabe me's. Maybe if I decied to do this trail again I'll ride my bike backwards to get a warm up. That guth guy, below, sounds like a ZERO. This is not the holy land for extreme riders. If you do decide to see for yourself bring a camelpack with weights. If you see that guth and Big Wave Dave Guy pop them in the head for me for false review writing. If MTBikers had cops they would be on the most wanted list. Don't go.

Customer Service

The one that leads you away from this place

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1
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1
Lazyboy   Cross Country Rider [Nov 10, 2003]

After reading all the reviews below we decided to jump in the car and drive 400 kilometers from The Netherlands to Rodalben. It was worth every liter of diesel we burnt! The best discription for this trail: An endless mountainbike rollercoaster! It just doesn't stop going up and down in a beautiful scenery. For some technical sections it requires some technical skills, and in general: a good interval condition. We behaved like true mountainbike ambassadors and had no problems with the hikers. No need to bring your sunglasses, but take enough to eat and drink, since there are no refill possibilities on the way. We will come back next year! (When it's a bit warmer).

Customer Service

Start at the Rodalben cemetery and keep following the green "F" trail, it's about 43 km's.

Similar Products Used: Vielsalm Belgium), we went there the next day, they have some nice trails as well.
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5
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4
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