Alpine Valley - TRAIL

Alpine Valley - Trail, Cleveland, Ohio

A nice variety of singletrack in the woods with some long climbs followed by some screaming downhill on the ski slope

User Reviews (21)

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mickrida21   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2009]

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. I repeat, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! It is very short (all uphill climb followed by a 30 second descent back down). Besides, the park is closed.

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p buxenbaum   [Jan 07, 1999]

I find this trail just plain fun. It has a little bit of everything. It's about a six mile loop that starts out with some steep climbs, followed by some gentle, but more technical climbing. Once you're on top of the hill there is some sweet winding single track in the woods. On the way down there are a couple of fast technical areas (over rocks) and the loop finishes with 30+ mph descent down the ski slope.

Customer Service

Rt. 322 near Chesterland, OH
Riding on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons for a nominal fee.
Some great racing goes on here throughout the summer. Check it out!!

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5
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Johnny Logjumper   [Jan 09, 1999]

The course is only open on Wed. & Sun. -- what's up with that?!?! When you can ride there, the trails are usually in good condition. The loop is only 3-3.5 miles and 50% of that is riding up ski slopes. Not very technical singletrack. The best part is bombing down the ski hill at 40 mph.

Customer Service

You can't blame Alpine Valley for trying -- their couse is OK -- BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO RIDE THERE!!!???

Similar Products Used: The Dump - Cuyahoga Valley Nat. Recreation Area
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RedNec   [Jan 18, 1999]

This trail is fun to ride... but you will have to pay to ride, which is only 2 days out of the week. I would recommend giving in if you are close to Cleveland, but dont race there! They keep all the good prizes/giveways and give the winners crap... who wants ONE tire or a waterbottle!

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Natt   [Apr 19, 1999]

Relatively easy trail. I would not call any part of it "technical". It will make you sweat though. Paying to ride and just twice a week is somehow discouraging. Very good for beginner, you will have a lot of fun there.

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3
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ED209   [Apr 23, 1999]

Paying to ride here seems a little crappy. Don't expect to have the time of your life either. The majority of the track is comprised of climbs, with very little technical terrain. The resulting downhills are fun but too short for the amount of work. At the bottom of each of the downhills are sharp turns that require you to bleed off your speed 3/4 of the way down. All in all, it's a good workout, but not much fun. Also, the scenery really stinks compared to places like the Lake Metro Parks (which are free!)

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2
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JOE SCHMOE   [May 15, 1999]

The trail will give you a workout. A lot of climbing for not much payoff in the downhills. I would rather have more singletrack downhill and less flying down the ski slope. Oh well. At least it is one of the legal trails in the area.

Customer Service

There is really only one route which is the loop trail.

Similar Products Used: Buckeye Trail (illegal). Buzzard's Roost in Wooster.
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Alan Moulder   [Jun 14, 1999]

A great place to work on your climbing. Bringing your knobby tires here is a waste especially if it has not rained in a while. Semi-slicks work best.

At four dollars a pop the price of admission is to high. At Snowshoe Ski Resort in West Virginia the cost to ride for the day is five dollars and you have miles and miles of trails. But then again we are in Cleveland with a hand full of LEGAL trails so they can charge us pretty much what they want.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom, ride to the top, and ride back down.

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2
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Maui   [Jul 19, 1999]

This trail is a joke. There's a short uphill single track section with an equally short downhill on the face of a ski slope (if you could even call this place a ski resort). The entire trail takes about 10-15 minutes per loop at a moderate pace. I can't image the distance being any longer than 3 miles. There were a few trails that branched off of the mail loop, but they weren't longer than a couple hundred yards.

The hills make this place too tough for most beginners and the lack of any interesting features make this trail unappealing for most intermediate and advanced riders.

Don't blame Alpine Valley for trying, though, because there are few places to ride in Ohio. We should blame Alpine Valley, or the trail designers, for not using the terrain more appropriately by creating some interesting features. (Mohican Wilderness doesn't have much space either, but they created some interesting features on their short course.)

Last, riders shouldn't criticize paying for the opportunity to ride. There are so few good places in Ohio that pay-for-riding on private lands might actually be a good plan.

Customer Service

There is only one route.

Similar Products Used: Vultures Knob is very technical, but fun (Don't bring beginners, they probably won't like this trail). Including the lower loop and the other new sections, this trail totals about 7-8 miles.
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Trail designer   [Aug 27, 1999]

First off, Alpine is one of the few LEGAL areas to ride in the area. Apparently Maui from Lakewood has NEVER helped in the trail work at Alpine or he/she would not be putting it down. It is only 3 miles in length unless you do a lot of winding. Those of you complaining about everything else at Alpine are not in anyway savy to what it takes to make a decent trail or even what it takes to put on a race there (or anywhere) for that matter. And for those of you that say it's not technical enough probably weren't around just a few years back when pro Nick Freid raced there and during an interview said how great a course it was. Sure it's not long but this is Cleveland.

Similar Products Used: The only other LEGAL trail in the area is Atchinson Park in Madison. Do NOT say anything about riding the "dump", the rest of Lake MetroParks, or Cuyahoga Valley because these are NOT LEGAL trails and your kind are ruining it for we that care. p.s. Vultures Knob and Mickey's are NOT in the area so get your facts straight.
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3
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