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So I've heard about new trails opening in Walhalla around the Stumphouse Tunnel area. Anyone know details? Estimated completion date/opening date? Who is doing the trail work? Length of the trail system?

Really any details would be appreciated!
 

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Yes. I'm personally involved in this. Palmetto Conservation Foundation is building 20ish miles of multi-use, and a few mountain biking only trails on Stumphouse Tunnel property owned by City of Walhalla. They broke ground in November. I have meeting in Walhalla tomorrow evening.

The Palmetto Trail is also being re-routed below HWY 11 through USFS land to connect a bunch of additional trail systems planned along HWY 11.

Benchmark Trails was awarded the contract for Stumphouse.

See screenshot of preliminary plan circa February 2016.

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Per meeting in Walhalla last night, first 2 or so miles will open by March, weather permitting. This will be the beginner sections.

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Awesome... thanks for the killer info! Got any details to share on the Highway 11 stuff thats planned? I feel like I heard something a while back in a Pinkbike article about a long descent out there?
 

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Awesome... thanks for the killer info! Got any details to share on the Highway 11 stuff thats planned? I feel like I heard something a while back in a Pinkbike article about a long descent out there?
Yes. Too much to type. I encourage you to come to the next Upstate SORBA meeting/social. Follow them on FB. The trail mentioned in PB is not and will never be open to bikes. I wish that had never been included in the article.

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Walhalla Mtb trail

So I've heard about new trails opening in Walhalla around the Stumphouse Tunnel area. Anyone know details? Estimated completion date/opening date? Who is doing the trail work? Length of the trail system?

Really any details would be appreciated!
I'm part of the crew benchmarktrails the Mtb specialist. We are building the stumphouse Mtb trail a section of the Palmetto Trail. Phase 1 of the trail a 5 mile section is scheduled to be open April 23rd. Phase 2 will be started next week. Check out my instagram for updates, knarly berm photos and daily trail activity! @standard_trailrider33
 

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I'm part of the crew benchmarktrails the Mtb specialist. We are building the stumphouse Mtb trail a section of the Palmetto Trail. Phase 1 of the trail a 5 mile section is scheduled to be open April 23rd. Phase 2 will be started next week. Check out my instagram for updates, knarly berm photos and daily trail activity! @standard_trailrider33
Very cool man! Looking forward to it and I'm gonna add your instagram now. Can't wait to see everything. I'm assuming it's mostly going to be XC style, but what is going to be the longest sustained descent once everything is said and done? Also, whats the total mileage going to be? Either way I'm just pumped for new trails. Thanks for the hard work!
 

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Very cool man! Looking forward to it and I'm gonna add your instagram now. Can't wait to see everything. I'm assuming it's mostly going to be XC style, but what is going to be the longest sustained descent once everything is said and done? Also, whats the total mileage going to be? Either way I'm just pumped for new trails. Thanks for the hard work!
You'll be very suprised phase 1 is more for novice riders but there is still plenty of flow. Big berms, rock gardens, rollers, tables and more! Almost done with phase 1. Phase 2 will have more gaps and Knarly riding. stay tuned! @standard_trailrider33 #benchmarktrails #mtbtrail # palmettotrail #wallhalla #flowtrail #mtb
 

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You'll be very suprised phase 1 is more for novice riders but there is still plenty of flow. Big berms, rock gardens, rollers, tables and more! Almost done with phase 1. Phase 2 will have more gaps and Knarly riding. stay tuned! @standard_trailrider33 #benchmarktrails #mtbtrail # palmettotrail #wallhalla #flowtrail #mtb
Sounds good man, thanks for the info!
 

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To be clear, the ONLY trail that will be open tomorrow, 4/23, is the Palmetto Trail. I was asked to preview the trails today by PCF executive director, and she said PT only. About 40% of the beginner loop trails are still rough cut. VERY rough cut. Riding them was not fun, and would be difficult for some.

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How's progress going with this fellas?
Still only about 6 miles. The PT is being extended on the North end and one middle connector on the bike loop has been removed (it was too close to the other connector). I know the trail builder had to focus on a few other trail projects in the area, so the completion date for phase 2 and 3 have moved out a little. I put it on MTB Project, and I just updated it, so you can currently see what exists.
 

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Floating this to the top as the Phase II trails are now complete. There is now about 13 miles of trail, if you include the Palmetto Trail, making it worthy of a day trip. The DH flow trail has some massive berms and table-tops, so bring your DJ skills if you're going to hit that one. There looked like there may be a few ride-arounds on some of the features, but I didn't notice many. Some of the table-tops have almost vertical lips on them, so trying to slow roll them may leave you on the ground. Contrary to what the sign at the trail entrance says, it is not for downhill bikes only. It is for "Downhill, Bikes Only".

This place drains incredibly well. It looks like very good option when all other places are too sloppy to ride. Just be sure to call before you haul, so you don't arrive at a closed trail system.

A long travel bike is probably not the best bike to bring here. You'll want a short wheelbase HT, the smaller diameter wheel, the better.

I added all the new stuff to MTB Project, but it's not complete, so give it some time before it appears on the app. It is visible on the website, however.

https://www.stumphousepark.com

https://palmettoconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Stumphouse-2020-page-0.jpg
 

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Floating this to the top as the Phase II trails are now complete. There is now about 13 miles of trail, if you include the Palmetto Trail, making it worthy of a day trip. The DH flow trail has some massive berms and table-tops, so bring your DJ skills if you're going to hit that one. There looked like there may be a few ride-arounds on some of the features, but I didn't notice many. Some of the table-tops have almost vertical lips on them, so trying to slow roll them may leave you on the ground. Contrary to what the sign at the trail entrance says, it is not for downhill bikes only. It is for "Downhill, Bikes Only".

This place drains incredibly well. It looks like very good option when all other places are too sloppy to ride. Just be sure to call before you haul, so you don't arrive at a closed trail system.

A long travel bike is probably not the best bike to bring here. You'll want a short wheelbase HT, the smaller diameter wheel, the better.

I added all the new stuff to MTB Project, but it's not complete, so give it some time before it appears on the app. It is visible on the website, however.

https://www.stumphousepark.com

https://palmettoconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Stumphouse-2020-page-0.jpg
Cool! Sounds like a good option. I don’t have a bike that fits your description though. Maybe one day I’ll build up my old Bontrager Race Lite, or the Breezer cloud nine. Only hard tails I have.


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I got over there yesterday for the first time. Man, what a great place! That purple trail is a real blast. I did about 12 1/2 miles, riding the yellow twice, the purple once and then part of the purple again to the downhill trail. I really took it easy on that downhill trail, as jumps are not my thing (too old and too high of a deductible). I can see where a dirt jumper would get some serious air on that.

If this were a little closer to home, it would become on of my favorites.

Kudos to everyone who helped make this possible!


(FYI, I did practice proper "social distancing" when meeting other riders and walkers.)
 
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