Repack - Trail, Fairfax, California

Repack - Trail, Fairfax, California

DESCRIPTION

This is a historical trail is home to such mountain bike riders as Gary Fischer, Tom Ritchey,Joe Breezer, Otis Guy and other pioneers of the sport.They would drop this technical fire road and have to "Repack" their burnt out brakes. The trail is steep and rocky with smooth lines(if you ride it correctly) but the punishment for a bad line can be painfull.The often dusty conditions can be bad if you ride with a fast friend.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 05, 2009]
tacomike
Cross Country Rider

I agree with Repack Rider. The trail is a fun decent, that most anyone can do. I also agree that is has lost some luster since they graded it. But all in all it is where it all started and is a good fire road decent

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 03, 2008]
Repack Rider
Cross Country Rider

As one of the OG racers on Repack, I know nearly every rock on the route. Since it received a major grooming a few years ago, it has lost any technical challenge it had when it was badly eroded and rutted. Anyone can ride down it, which was at least in part, the point even back at the dawn of mountain bike time. You didn't have to be a total expert to descend the hill, so anyone could get into the race.

Getting down Repack fast is another story. None of the riders who gave the trail bad reviews got on their bikes at the top with their friends watching and heard a guy count down, then let them go to see what they could do. If you want to ride that hill in less than five minutes, you will have to scare yourself.

Pay no attention to the fools who say there is a fifteen mile an hour speed limit on Repack.

Customer Service

There are two ways to get to Repack.

You can ride the paved road from Fairfax past the golf course and take the Pine Mountain Truck Road. The accomplishes about half the climbing on a paved road, with another mile on dirt. Getting to Repack you will have to make two technical climbs, where the success rate of riders who can "clean" them is less than half.

The second route is all dirt, from White Hill School in Fairfax, under Sir Francis Drake and up the single track, past the edge of Tamarancho, around White's Hill and up a couple of steep climbs to Woodacre Ridge, then another mile to Repack.

Whichever way you go, plan on 45 minutes to an hour from Fairfax to Repack, then ten minutes to get back.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Mountain Loop

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 27, 2005]
awanie@yahoo.com
Racer

I have no idea why other reviewers are so harsh about this trail. I rode it recently in very inclement weather, the whole 22miles of it... up the road from Fairfax and back down from Mt Tam on the trail. I feel it had everything an epic ride should. Brutally technical ascents, descents river crossings, mud, rocks, double and singletrack, six other riders in the three hours my brother and I were on the trail, great views, a great time all in all. Everyone is so damn keen on prefab CAD designed singletrack or putting their bikes on a chairlift just to coast down. Those elements have their time and place. This is an XC trail. With that in mind, I have to say, it's one of the best.

Customer Service

Check out http://www.mtbwest.com/deerpark-01.html

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 22, 2000]
Billy Smith

The rocky terrian is really exciting to ride down. It is really fast and the corners are tricky.Some great riders rode this back in the days

Customer Service

Stop at the Java Hut and ask for help

Similar Products Used:

Paradon

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 13, 2000]
El Santo

I grew up riding Mt. Tam, and have since had career take me away from the Bay Area... So I really cherish my time back in town for a few great rides. Repack is one of these rides. Did it about a month back, and it is still a blast. The climb up to the trailhead is still technical and pissy- nothing fun about a steep uphill grade and loose rocks, but the downhill is great- very, very fast. Pick your lines wisely or suffer.

Be the ball.

Customer Service

Park in town and grind your way up the hill. Not fun, but it makes the downhill that much better.

Similar Products Used:

Mt. Tam in general.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 26, 2000]
Trygve Skarpeteig

I can't belive the other guys gave this trail 5 tyres! It sucks! It is not tecnically challenging at all, and it has a 15 mph speed limit! Also it is so wide you could drive a hummvee on it! Is this what mountainbiking is about? I thought not, but when I come to think about it, maybe it is, because this is where Gary Fischer and Tom Ritchey and more invented mountain biking. I wanted to give this trail only one star, but because of its history, it must get two.

Customer Service

(not recomended)

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I was very excited to go to California and explore mountain bikings cradle, but I am very disapoined. The tails we have in Norway is by far superior to anything I found in California (mostly Marin and East Bay).

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 04, 2001]
Ass from Norway

No wonder you were dissapointed- you were riding in Marin for Christ's sake. Yes, it is historic but so is a wagon wheel, this doesn't neccesarily mean it's good. Try Santa Barbara or Laguna Beach or Bay Area Trails- then you will only be dissapointed when you get back to Norway.

Similar Products Used:

San Mateo, Skeggs, Carlmont

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 24, 2001]
Furious D.

This trail is okay, but not worth the drive (from berkeley) when I can ride to equal if not better trails right in the east bay. I give this an extra chili due to its history.

Customer Service

Take Bolinas-Fairfax road to this dirt parking lot about 5-6 miles from fairfax. Ride on the trail heading north 2-3 miles, take a right on the trail...

Similar Products Used:

Eldridge grade on Mt. Tam

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 28, 2001]
Lee McCormack

I hate/love Marin. It's a beautiful place -- anytime you can see the ocean while you're riding is a great time -- but dang, it's crowded and overhyped and thick with rangers. I've done the repack a few times as part of the great Bolinas Ridge constellation of trails. Basically, it's a fast, rutted fire road. Whoop-dee-do. Oh, there are no whoop-de-doos. ... As on any trail on any vehicle, if you go fast enough it's quite interesting, but I must say this is NOT the area's best riding. If you're an experienced rider, do it once to say you did it, but don't go out of your way. If you really want to feel the love, do it on your sister's beach cruiser. If you're a rank beginner, this'll probably thrill you.

Customer Service

see above

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 23, 2001]
mikeb

repack must have been really different on gary fisher's klunker. otherwise, it's just another wide, fast fire road in marin. those of you who give this place five tires must be inbred simps who have never really ridden anywhere else.

don't make the left turn onto this fire road if you're riding pine mountain--the road climb back to your car just is'nt worth it.

two tires, one on the merit of repack's historical significance.

Customer Service

incorporate this ride into your Pine Mountain Loop

Similar Products Used:

pine mountain

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
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