Chapel Hill High School Trails - Trail, Chapel Hill, Carolina

Chapel Hill High School Trails - Trail, Chapel Hill, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Tight singletrack off fire roads- Single track is rocky and rooty in spots with various log crossings. There is also a newly added hidden trail requiring trials techniques to complete built obstacles including log rides, ramps, and jumps. If interested finding the secret trail, ask for the bearded one at Franklin Street Cycles in person.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 09, 2005]
sasquatch303
Cross Country Rider

I'm writing a review because the average rating is far too low. This has to be the best in-town ride in any state in the Southeast. You can spend all day on these trails covering lots of good and fairly technical riding while hardly retracing your tracks. No, it isn't Pisgah, but it's an incredible resource for local riders.

Customer Service

Get lost and figure your way out again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 26, 2005]
ncmtnbiker
Downhiller

very good lots of free ride options lots of roots and rocks lots of dirt jumps

Customer Service

follow the railroad tracks from the prarking lot in to the woods and cross the tressel and keep going until you see a trail on your left thats the short cut

Similar Products Used:

the campus if you like urban freeride

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 17, 2005]
DJtrialsurban
Downhiller

There are 3-5 entrances to different parts of the trail. One is a service road in Fair Oaks neighborhood across the intersection. You can Come into the ladder bridges/ doubles from the railroad crossing about 1/2 miles from the sule school parking lot. You can enter in the sule school parking lot onto a doubletrack trail that eventually meet up with a service road. On the doubletrack to the left, there is a fun, narrow little singletrack piece. VERY easy to miss. If you cross the service road straight off the doubletrack, you will go to the Glade jumps. If you take a left, you go downa couple hills (watch for little hidden trails which are tech and fun) and you will meet up w/ another fire road. Turn left and follow the trail until you see either a small clearing with a sewage thing, where you turn left and after a short climb, go right and follow the trail, and you'll be at some of the ladder bridges. If you would like other ones, when you are at the top of the hill where the ladder bridges start, go down the hill straight ahead of you. That will lead you down a hill to a stream. (If you look to your right, there is about a 200 ft. log w/ a small ladder going up to the log, Hard to miss!) and to your left there are log rides. After you cross the stream, you will see 4-5 ladder bridges. Keep going past them, down a rocky hill, you will be at the big doubles. The Glade has doubles geared more towards 24 and 26" wheels. They are about 2-3' high with 4-8 foot gaps. There are 4 of those and then a berm and a launch leading to a platform that you ride across and drop around 3' down the other side. There is also 1 big double with a launch about 5-6' high and a 20-25' gap. Quite intimidating and takes some 'nads to do it.

Customer Service

Read above

Similar Products Used:

UNC urban riding and unity church trails (also fun and technical with ladders and jumps) although watch as you cross the railroad tracks on the left for a trail. Take it and there is some fun ladders and 1 stepup.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2005]
thomgerm
Weekend Warrior

I am writing to those who have built the jumps and platform in the glade area. That was the prettiest most relaxing spot in the entire trail system. I don't know who owns the land but before it is developed, it belongs to those who use it...bikers, walkers and runners. It would be nice if nothing else were built in that area. There are already great jumps and other obstacles in other areas. It really detracts from the surroundings. Thanks

OVERALL
RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
0
[Jan 13, 2005]
flyingwalrus
Weekend Warrior

This is by far the closest trail to me, and it is also the most varied. I've mostly ridden this trail from a freeride standpoint, but it has some awesome XC as well. This trail is really great, and offers something for everyone. I'm always amazed by the diversity of bikes that I see in the parking lot. THere is one little section that has two sets of doubles, one small and one medium. THe medium ones are pretty fun. However, hte fun part is the few acres of stunts. There is one known (to me at least) as the roller coaster bridge, which is about 50' long,and curves around across two logs and ends in either a 6" skinny onto a plywood transition, or a kicker that puts you about 3.5-4.5 ft in the air. Above there, there is a large bridge that climbs up to a weighted teeter, which drops down onto a big rock, and then you drop off a bridge (about 2') this takes you into the "world trail drop" which is about 7' taken small, and about 9' taken big. However, this is not a great drop, as the run-in is off-camber, and the tranny funnels you into some trees. Right off of the same rock as the teeter is built onto, a new stunt was built (around New Years) that curves around to about a 6-7' drop to wooden tranny, which then curves up into a kicker, launching you pretty well depending on speed. I heard from the builders that they were planning some other stunts in this area. Across a stream from there, (down the back-side of the hill) there is a large, approx. 10' drop that you can roll or drop. Next to it, there are two drops, one 4-5' and one 1.5-2.5'. There is a log bridge above those. Down the hill from there is the dirt jump section, comprising of about a 12 pack of pretty steep jumps, a large step-down, a large wall-ride, and a set of tow doubles that are really big. There are various other stunts, like another log-ride across the RR tracks, but this is the main stunt section. Unfortunately, the rollercoaster bridge and weighted teeter are getting pretty old, and are beginning to fall apart. THis went on longer than expected, but these are great trails if you like to ride stunts, or if you just want spin through miles of great singletrack. I highly recommend them.

Customer Service

ANything as long as you find the stunts. If it is a nice day, there will always be somebody riding them.

Similar Products Used:

New Light, Tar River, Clayton, my own secret trail....I mean....I said nothing

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 22, 2004]
Mo Pride, Columbia, MO
Cross Country Rider

There are lots of BS "reviews" on this trail as you will soon find out. I found this a very frustrating misuse of the forum. Just so you know I took the two dozen or so legit reviews and the average on them is 4.125. I'm putting up a 5 to help the score reflect this reality.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 19, 1998]
Derrick

Be adventurous. I learned the 'route' by riding the trails different ways, different times. There are no trail names, no directions. Clue--when in doubt follow the creek out.

Customer Service

Difficult to navigate the first time. The singletrack must be linked together in specific order to complete the locally known loop which takes me about 45 minutes to complete (my route)

Similar Products Used:

Governer's Creek in Sanford

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 31, 1998]
Scott

I ride this trail 2-4X week since moving to the Chapel Hill area. It is an exceptional trail but be prepared...it is extremely rocky in places, very rooty, and has some nice technical climbs and a few good descents. The trail is difficult to follow the first time you attemp to navigate its course. It is criss-crossed by fire roads, which in turn can take you to other trails near an elementary school. Probably best to stop by a local bike shop (e.g. Performance, The Clean Machine, and Franklin Street Cycles shops)for better directions on the single track. All are within a couple of miles from the trail. Otherwise go when you have time to spare and can afford to explore these trails. The route I take usually requires about 1 hour to complete but there are endless possibilities. Once you are familiar with the area, you can add other single track trails via the fire roads and end up with a 2-3 hour ride. I would not recommend these trails for the novice, especially if it has been a while since you've exercised! I think most avid mountain bikers from the experienced beginner to the expert will enjoy these trails. My only criticism is the difficulty following the trails...but this means you may have to stop by a bike shop and browse! I know how you'll hate that!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 16, 1999]
King of the Heel

Quite an enjoybale hodgepodge of singletrack. I've linked all the singletrack I could possibly find in there, and it takes me approximately 50 minutes or so. I've clocked it at about 6-7 miles total. If anyone knows of any more than that back there speak up!

Get your log hopping skills in order before you proceed, ar you'll be dismounting often.

Customer Service

Same as below

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 26, 1999]
Ed

Don't let the fact that this trail is located very near that Community College in Chapel Hell dissuade you from going (JUST KIDDING UNC FANS!!!). Actually this is my favorite cruising trail in the area - Not too hard, but not too soft, it's just right. It would probably be a little too much for a beginner, but most semi-experienced mtn. bikers will have lots of fun out here. As far as navigating, it would be too complicated to explain in any detail. Mainly, there are two fire roads from which all the single tracks break off from. You just need to go out there and ride it a few times before you know where you're really going. A couple good climbs and some pretty fast descents can be found here along with a smattering of nasty log crossings (one of which I have yet to make it over cleanly). Not to mention a few whoop-t-dos and beautiful scenery to boot. But watch out for the occasional unleashed dog "packs".
[stepping on soap box]
I usually bring my Spitz with on my rides (if it's cool enough for him) and one day recently he was basically mauled by a pit bull, lab-mix, and some other mutt while I was riding ahead of him. I just really wish I could have gotten to them before their owner did. I would've loved to have given those mutts a new mouth just below their jaw line with my Spdyco. Or more appropriately, break the owner's nose. Oh well, maybe next time...And please understand that I don't mind well behaved dogs off leash, but if they can't behave - sorry about the mess.
[stepping off soap box now]

As I was saying, probably the funnest(word?)and best balanced trails (now the UNC grads can make fun of my terrible grammar that I never worked on at NCSU)in the Triangle area. Highly recommended.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used:

Dunn Rd., Centennial Campus (NCSU Baby!), Lake Johnson, Crabtree Lake Trails, Rocky Road

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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