Lake Crabtree - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

Lake Crabtree - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

There are three loops 1, 2 and 3. Some are kinda technical but no too bad. All three are singletrack with stream crossings, roots, small hills and small burms. Good trail for just about any rider. Can take a good 2 hours to expore it all.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 05, 2008]
Ed_Y
Cross Country Rider

Years ago I cut my teeth on this trail. I've been in Wilmington, NC for the past few years and occasionally get to Cary to ride the trail. I've got to give the trail crew and park staff the greatest kudos. While its not a technical bruiser, this is a great little (getting bigger each year) trail system (especially when combined with some trails across the road). Fast, flowing, with tons of options - I just hope those who ride it appreciate it as they should. Some of the newer sections (back side of loop 1) truly rock. Thanks to all those who have made the trail work sessions.

Similar Products Used:

Regulars - RR, Newlight, Beaverdam, etc.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 05, 2007]
NC2WA
Cross Country Rider

Love these trails. They aren't technically challenging, but are lively enough to keep you honest. I used to live nearby and rode them (and others in the area) 3-5 times a week. The key to Crabtree is to ride them fast! Never stop! Just keep rolling through those root infested never flat woods...Great cardio workout!

Customer Service

I like to ride starting at the Black Creek Greenway entrance and try to hit every foot of trail by doing a criss-cross pattern. You do have to ride the same section twice a couple of times. There are maps all over the place and they are adding new sections and features regularly. Just go out and hammer - and don't stop to rest!

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There are some excellent informal trails in the immediate area...

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jul 18, 2004]
commo_soulja
Cross Country Rider

Great trail system which is easy accessible from I-40. Each loop was cleary marked (direction and difficulty)at the intersections. Nice fast trails with some quick easy hills to get the heart rate up. No real technical areas, but fun. Recommend for the beginner or on an easy spin/rest day. Rest of the park was cool too.

Customer Service

Did the loops in numerical order, then went back for more.

Similar Products Used:

Hog Run/Harris Lake. New Light is next on my hit list...

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RATING
3
VALUE
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2
[Jun 23, 2004]
bike_and_such
Cross Country Rider

Great trails. I went there for the first time about a week ago because I wanted to get some ride time there before the race they are holding in July (2004). Apparently they just changed the trails around a bit in the recent past to add more trail and more trail specifically for more advanced riders. You will have no reason to get lost with all the signs they have around in the trails. There are even markers that label easier and more advanced trails so begginers won't find themselves in a bad situation. The trails are well maintained by local advocacy groups and they made great use of the terrain. Another great feature with these trails is that the technical sections such as large log rolls that are placed throughout the system has detours that you can take to avoid the obstacle in case you aren't ready for the tricky stuff. Perhaps the only problem with these trails is that they close when they are too wet, but you can't blame the park for that or else the trails would be reduced to messed up trenchs that weave around the trees. I highly recommend coming to these trails.

Customer Service

The way I usually go is I start from the trail head that is near the end of the main road in the park. From there I just ride each loop forward and backward until my legs turn to jello.

Similar Products Used:

Umstead-have heard good things about it, will check it out later New Light-great trails for all levels Regency-unofficial trails. A good place to go for more untamed trails and some free riding. Bond Park-just a short and easy trail Harris Lake-good all around system with trails for all levels.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 04, 2004]
George Zeniou
Weekend Warrior

Excellent trails for the intermediate, well maintained, Some good technical stuff with mainly roots, I not sure, If I would reccomend for a newbie, perhaps too advance, An advance rider may find them to easy. For newbies, I highly reccommend Harris lake, both there beginner and intermediate trails are easier then crabtree. I am giving this a 5 star overall, because its great for an ntermediate trail

Customer Service

Do the whole thing, Loop 3 is the most technical, run it clockwise then run it counterclock wise.

Similar Products Used:

New Light, Chapel Hill (seawell elementary-across the treks), Harris Lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 27, 1998]
Brad Worley

This trail used to be the bomb several years ago when the trail system circled Lake Crabtree. Now the only trails in existence are on the North side of the lake.
Trails are single track, not very technical though. A very good place to learn off-road techniques. The city of Cary Parks and Rec runs the place and closes trails due to wet conditions sometimes.

Customer Service

I-40 to Aviation Prkwy. exit. Turn left toward Morrisville. Enter Lake Crabtree park on left. Park at boat ramp, be on lookout on the way into the park for the trail.

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Use the Lake Crabtree trails in conjunction with the Umpstead Park rides (fire road and horse trails). You can rack up some easy off-road miles that way.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 01, 1998]
Steve Boone

Good spot to work on technical riding not much elevation change, although there are some short climbs/descents - all wooded, roots, rocks and stumps galore and a few creek splashes when rainfall has been plentiful during the year

Customer Service

I ride loops 1 and 3 for a total of about 3.5 - 4 miles of trail riding

Similar Products Used:

Duke Forest

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 01, 1998]
John Swincinski

This is great trail for beginners or inexperienced riders seeking their first singletrack. Trails are very well maintained. There are virtually no log obstacles and there is only minor elevation change. All of the stream crossings have bridges. If you are an experienced rider looking for a challenge look elsewhere. If you just want a nice Sunday singletrack ride in a very beautiful park then lake Crabtree is for you.

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If you wnat something a little more challenging try 1st Class or Dunn Road.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 10, 1998]
Gilbert

If you're in the area it's worth a look. Extremely well maintained trails. (Maintained by NC Fats) Not very technical. Some little jumps, some fun berms and downhills. It's a playground--a good place to ride fast. Mostly double/single track and some connecting fire roads. Not too much mileage you'll probably want to ride it twice (once in each direction.) You can be in and out in about an hour. We usually give it the once over in the morning before making the 9 hour drive back to Jersey.

Customer Service

all three approx 6 miles

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estes extension in Chapell Hill

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4
VALUE
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[Jan 04, 1999]
Bryan

Not too exciting during the day but excellent at night.

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4
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