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I used to love riding the old QW, but I haven't been there since the hurricanes destroyed it. I know it has been opened back up albeit very different. I am going to be in Ft Lauderdale this weekend and was wondering if it is worth riding QW or just drive the extra distance to markham. I am going to be much closer to QW and only have a small amount of time to get out and ride.

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I went to QW a few months ago and I liked it a lot. The only thing that would rock is if the trees grew a bit more since they were torn down by the hurricanes. But now in the cool weather I'm sure its great. They added a few more things that are bad ass. I say go check it out.
 

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I went to QW a few months ago and I liked it a lot. The only thing that would rock is if the trees grew a bit more since they were torn down by the hurricanes. But now in the cool weather I'm sure its great. They added a few more things that are bad ass. I say go check it out.
I read somewhere that they removed all the non-native trees.
 

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I read somewhere that they removed all the non-native trees.
Well before i went that time, i had never been there before. But when i went about 4 to 5 months ago. They had finished planting all new trees(mainly) pines. But they were small and probably wont be big enough for atleast a couple of years. Oh & the pines they planted were the local south Florida pines
 

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QW is back. The trails range from beginner to intermediate (with some advanced features). It is a much different trail than Markham so be aware - the trails are much faster with less elevation. Yes, the trees were removed and native species have been planted but it will take many years for the forest to be at full growth. The breeze that comes off the lakes is actually very nice. Go ride a couple laps - you won't be disappointed.

PS. You must sign a waiver at the front office before riding. It takes about 10 minutes and will allow you ride Markham as well. Its an Insurance waiver for Broward County parks! Bike Patrol members are allowed to kick you out.

Park by the Skate Park.
 

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QW is back. The trails range from beginner to intermediate (with some advanced features). It is a much different trail than Markham so be aware - the trails are much faster with less elevation. Yes, the trees were removed and native species have been planted but it will take many years for the forest to be at full growth. The breeze that comes off the lakes is actually very nice. Go ride a couple laps - you won't be disappointed.

PS. You must sign a waiver at the front office before riding. It takes about 10 minutes and will allow you ride Markham as well. Its an Insurance waiver for Broward County parks! Bike Patrol members are allowed to kick you out.

Park by the Skate Park.
I have the waiver/card to ride at Markham - will that suffice for QW?
 

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Also a skills parks was just finished today.

There are actually a few videos on Vimeo and Youtube, although they're not the most up to date.

By the way there will be a Quiet Water Fat Tire Festival on Feb-26-27-28.
 

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I dont know how far youre going to travel to QW to say if its worth it or not.. but personally, I cant stand quiet waters. its barren, so youre riding in the sun almost the entire time, it doesnt flow as nice as Markham or even pine hurst, and parts of it are either like riding a road filled with gravel... or a sand box. Im in Boca, so Quiet Waters is only about 15 minutes from me, but ill go to Pine Hurst or Markham over QW every time.
 

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has the club mud website changed? it wouldnt load for me...

edit: never mind it finally loaded ;)
 

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After going to Markham a few times a week for the past few months, I went to QW about a month ago for the first time since those hurricanes as well, i was completely shocked at how barren it looks with all of the trees gone

The trails are pretty nice however, very fast and fluid, definitely an endurance/go fast trail compared to the technical markham.

Not really any drops, but lots of switchbacks.. I'd personally go to Markham
 

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Mike - I will let the trail crew know that you want the trees to grow faster and the trails to be paved. In the mean time enjoy driving to the other parks and forget all about QW.
:rolleyes:

www.clubmud.com
I believe it is cheaper to join the club than to pay for camping. We are working on making the night rides open to everyone - more info coming.
 

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My .02...

I dont know how far youre going to travel to QW to say if its worth it or not.. but personally, I cant stand quiet waters. its barren, so youre riding in the sun almost the entire time, it doesnt flow as nice as Markham or even pine hurst, and parts of it are either like riding a road filled with gravel... or a sand box. Im in Boca, so Quiet Waters is only about 15 minutes from me, but ill go to Pine Hurst or Markham over QW every time.
My $ .10

1- it's mountain biking, there's no complaining about "gravel" it's not like there's babyheads scattered throughout the whole trail.

2- When Markham first opened 10 years ago it was nowhere near as good as it is now. QW has only been re-open for 2 years and I remember riding it the first month it opened. What it is now, it's pretty amazing compared to two years ago. Slowly, the trails are getting more technical. Just imagine where QW will be in 7 years.

3- If you ride closer to 4-5pm the sun is not a problem.

4- Pinehurst becomes a sandbox as well.

5- Did you know that you can do some trail maintenance and have some influence on how the trails are made and cared for? Don't like the gravel? Come sweep it! Don't like the sand? Then, come lay some road rock on it.
 

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Thanks for the info fellas. It would be about an hour drive, so for that far of a drive I wil continue to hit Markham. Thanks for the honesty. I did love to ride the old QW, and I am sure that all of the work club mud is doing will be fruitfull in years to come. If I lived down there I am sure I would mix it up and ride QW.

Thanks again.
 

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It's pretty easy to stop by after riding at Markham, if you're on the Sawgrass or Turnpike it's right off teh road.
 

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It's pretty easy to stop by after riding at Markham, if you're on the Sawgrass or Turnpike it's right off teh road.
Bingo. It'll take 20-25 minutes.
 

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i am usually spent when I leave markham. good idea to hit it on the way home though.
 
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