NEW LIGHT TRAILS - TRAIL

NEW LIGHT TRAILS - Trail, Raleigh, Carolina

TRAILS ARE NEW, SO THEY ARE SOFT AND NEED RIDING. HILLY, ROCKY AND SMOOTH AREAS. SINGLE TRACK AND DIRT ACCESS ROADS. RIDING ON SUNDAY ONLY DURING HUNTING SEASON. THIS IS A STRICT WILDLIFE REGULATION. PLEASE REFER TO THE HUNTING SEASON SCHEDULE. APPROX. 8 MILES AT THIS TIME WITH APPROX. 40 MILES WHEN FINISHED.

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Saladin   Weekend Warrior [Apr 05, 2015]

I have some mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I think it's the most physically challenging trails in the area with some long, steep climbs. It's one of the most technically challenging trails in the area with all the rock gardens and gravel. Both of those I like.

On the other hand it's an ugly trail IMO. Loggers and burning have thinned out the woods so unless you're riding right along the lake, the view is all tree trunks. I personally didn't care for the flow very much. As soon as you get going good and fast, here comes a lot of rocks, or a fallen tree, or a long climb. Some of the obstacle designs are kinda sadistic. There are log rolls at the top of steep climbs, jumps with small margins of error, and lots of places for bikes with low clearance to ruin a chainring.

Some recent work has been done which is nice. It's certainly not a trail for beginners or fragile bikes. Though the fire road bailouts aren't too far apart, it's still a long hike to the car if something breaks. Definitely take spare parts. There is a wide variety of lines to take combined with miles and miles of trail so you won't get bored riding a few times. Unfortunately the riders get last priority on the trail after loggers and hunters. And so on. Pros and cons, y'know?

Customer Service

Counter clockwise. I always skip First Loop and ride the fire road to Route 66 to Sigs Loop to The Gauntlet. FL is really hilly, not too techy, and burns a lot of energy that I'd rather use elsewhere. I've been looking for Left and Right Loops every time I go, but can't find the trailheads. I think I found one to Left Loop marked by a small rock cairn shortly after the really big rock climb in The Gauntlet, but it was too late to investigate.

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3
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5
t_roy   Weekend Warrior [Aug 21, 2010]

ALthough this past week was my first time riding this trail I plan on riding it again if the chance presents itself. Let me start off by saying that this was a fun trail. Pretty technical, with great swicth backs and climbs and lets not forget those rock gardens. Now for the rest of the review. If you go find a way to print a map of the trails and study it. There was only two or three posted maps on the whole trail, Two of them being at the trail head. Next, If you ride with a buddy you would be doing yourself a favor. I could only imagine the fun I would of had if I would of had a friend with me on this trail. Just me by myself was loads of fun and very challenging especially since I went in backwards. That made it even more challenging I believe becuase some of the climbs. Theres lots of logs down that have make shift jumps over them but when your'e climbing and run up on one it makes it hard to go over. Coming down the hill would have been more fun. Overall, Poor markings, great ride. If the markings was there to let you know how to get around it would be a solid five all the way across the board.

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4
VALUE
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5
lovetoMTB   Cross Country Rider [Jul 18, 2009]

I am writing this review because the last one was written in 2004! This trail is still in place, it is by far the most technical place in the Triangle area. Since 04, there is a newly built massive rock garden is just sick!!!! I have read reviews of this trail in other places that say it is just too technical and dangerous. Don’t buy the hype, personal skill set does not dictate the quality of a trail. Just an FYI, THIS IS NOT YOUR MAMMAS mountain bike trail or for your friends that are just learning to ride (unless you don’t like them). This trail has several log crossings, one 30 foot log crossing, snake backs, roots, great climbs and did I mention LOTS OF ROCK GARDENS!

Customer Service

As far as the route to take, that’s a little tricky. As of today the maps are not 100% up to date (more like 85%), they are fairly accurate, but there is a new trail through the “gauntlet.” If you can make your way to the gauntlet take the man made rock garden and keep going. This is the most technical trail in the part. In general, go counter clockwise along the parameter and you will complete 9.5 miles of riding. If you do the rock garden at the gauntlet it will kick you up to 10.5-11 miles.

Similar Products Used: If you visit the Raleigh area, venture into this trail or Beaver Dam, you won’t regret it! Beaver Dam is the second best trail in the triangle and it’s a 10 minute drive. It covers more ground, but is not as technical.

Here are the direction I got from trianglemtb.com

Directions
Start at Crabtree Valley Mall. Get on NC 50 (Creedmoor Rd) and go North.
When you get to NC 98 turn right to go East on NC 98. You will go about 1.6 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light -- this is New Light Rd. You will cross Falls Lake -- keep going and at about 3.35 mi (from the traffic light) you will see Old Weaver Trail on your left. Turn left on Old Weaver Trail. Go 0.5 mile, and you will see a dirt road on your left with evidence of parking on the side of the road. You can drive down this road for a few hundred feet and park or you can park on the side of road.
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5
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5
johnnyt   Downhiller [Jun 10, 2007]

wonderful trail...exciting...little bit for everybody....there are alot of forks on and off of all the trails so dont get lost....very fun...

Similar Products Used: beaver dam
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3
VALUE
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3
commo_soulja   Cross Country Rider [Oct 24, 2004]

My first ride today on this excellent east coast-typical trail - rocky and rooty. Some nice log rolls and hill ascents to make the ride interesting. Rode all the sections except Burned Out and Left & Right Loop - got to the trail late in the afternoon. Definitely not a trail for beginners and would be a good idea to ride with a buddy. I didn't see anyone on the trail, except at the parking lot. Trail signs/maps at each trail intersection make it easy to navigate without a buddy who knows the trail. Overall, one of the premier trails in the Raleigh area, it's just such a hike to get to.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise beginning at the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Crabtree & Hog Run are nice easy trails. Still need to hit the other Raleigh area trails.
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4
VALUE
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4
Jeff   [Sep 27, 1999]

Even if there were still some other trails around, these are worth the drive to ride them! They are still very new so they are really soft in some places, so go ride them! The trail builders have made excellent use of the available terrain, and I look forward to seeing what will be added. There appears to be alot of room for more there. Check out some nice views of the lake, and bring your climbing legs, because some of these loops go up and down constantly. The trails are well marked (if not yet very well defined) and I think it would be hard to get lost because of this. If this trail network gets up to 60 miles or so, as they say, it has the potential to become a destination area. Thanks to everybody involved in making these trails possible! I hope that we can take advantage of this opportunity and show others that this can work. It may open up other opportunities for us.

Customer Service

Same as above

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5
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Jeff   [Oct 03, 1999]

Today (10/3) was my first day out at the trail. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the trail builders in the parking lot and obtained some very good information about the trail and local riding. Being new to the area, polite attitudes and the smiling faces of mountain bikers was a welcome site to me. The trail was very soft, although not too soft to promote damage. Moreover, the condition made for a demanding aerobic workout. I found that I had to dismount approximately four times for varied reasons. This was mainly due to the superfluous amount of rain that we have had in the area. The uphills are muddy and slippery so I tried to stay to the right or left of the trail to maintain traction. There is one area where the water is too deep (in my opinion) to cross without submerging the rear derailleur, so I dismounted and hopped over that section. The engineering and thought that went in to this trail is very apparent to veteran riders. Certain sections mandated bridges and these were very well constructed to last for many years to come. The trail intersects a fire road in two places before finally merging with it to finish the ride. This allocates a window of opportunity to return to the parking lot for those riders who may want to cut the ride short. Due to the current trail conditions, I believe this is a viable alternative to struggling through the trails and not having a good time, especially for novice riders. Mountain biking should be fun and this trail accomodates that for all abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride today. There are a few log crossings. I personally would like to see more, but because the trails are new, they are too slow right now for an abundance of overly technical hazards. The builders have utilized switchbacks nicely on the inclined areas and the rock outcrops are a welcomed technical aspect. The only bad thing about the trail is that until May 15, you are only allowed to ride on Sunday. However, this is for YOUR benefit. These are NC Wildlife Gamelands and it IS HUNTING SEASON! Please respect that as the right to ride can be taken away at any point. We all need to work together to promote mountain biking and encourage the addition of more trails. This trail is challenging and I am rating it compared to other trails that I have ridden in NC. It is not comparable to trails in Va and WVA. HOWEVER, it is a FANTASTIC local trail and I would be glad to contribute to its maintanance and any time. A personal "Thank You" from me to all involved in its construction. Ride hard, fall softly!!

Customer Service

I take Six Forks Road (because I live off of it) up until it turns into New Light Road at the stoplight. The rest of the directions are as indicated.

Similar Products Used: NA at this point.
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4
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xizang   [Oct 13, 1999]

I have some new insight for riders at this trail. It is apparent the best route here is the following: Ride the double track to the 2nd loop and ride counterclockwise then ride the 1st loop backwards! The 1st loop is clearly way more fun backwards then forwards, I should know I've had several hallucinations riding it forwards. A note to those undeserving namby-pambys that insist on ignoring our request to ride only on Sundays, It is going to be a real shame if we lose rights to this land because you can't comply with a simple request. We delivered some material to the trail head on Saturday and encountered 3 vehicles at the enterance and 2 enroute to ride these trails, clearly disregarding the signs at the enterence. Can't we just all get along?

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3
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Xizang   [Oct 13, 1999]

Sorry Bill, I hit the wrong rating.

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5
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Steve   [Oct 14, 1999]

To the trailbuilders - these trails are great!!! Ive ridden the trails each Sunday since opening day, and while they are getting more packed down, youll still get an intense aerobic workout as previous reviews note. Other than the one loop thats still closed because of high water, you can get a 2 to 4 hour ride (depending on your pace) from the parking area out to Sigs Loop and then reversing. I also found the return direction single track generally more fun. The embedded logs are helpful in the low sections of the trail that remain saturated; more would be even better as these areas will remain wet for months. The 1 huge roller coaster drop-in is great and reminiscent of Dunn Rd any plans for more?. Also, can someone clarify whether the trails will be Sunday only riding until March or is it May? Overall, many thanks to everyone who helped build and maintain this system. Rating at 4 now, but with time a 5 is certain.

Customer Service

Same as above; minor update: distance on New Light Rd to Old Weaver Trail is more like 3.2 miles from Hwy 98

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4
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