Alum Creek Trail Phase 1 - Trail, Columbus, Ohio

Alum Creek Trail Phase 1 - Trail, Columbus, Ohio

DESCRIPTION

Alum Creek Trail Phase 1 is a rolling 6 mile, single track course that offers short climbs with small obstacles, creek crossing and bridges. Many new re-routes have been constructed to reduce the muddy trail conditions that stayed long after a rain. Still allow three days after a rainfall to allow proper drying time. This trail is used extensively and receives between 200 and 400 users per week during the summer. Night riding is permitted until 11:00pm. Seasonal closing does occur from March 1st to May 15th.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 21, 2010]
trailof
Cross Country Rider

Having ridden this years ago when there was only 1 set of trails, I was recently pleasantly surprised. I'm impressed by the work the group has made to the area.

I saw a 3 or 4 yr old boy on a learning bike and a 6 yr old girl both riding with their fathers. Very cute! The beginner's trail is wonderful for anyone. Once the dirt has gotten some use and it smooths out it will be even better, it was kind of lumpy currently.

We rode Phase 1 and somehow got onto Phase 2 it seems, some better markers or elimination of "alternates" would be nice. Also, I realize roots are part of the mountain biking experience, but I wish some of the older trails would be closed and re-routed as I couldn't seem to get up to normal cruising speed as I can at Hueston Woods or Harbin Park. Alum isn't the only trail system with this issue, I rode EI in Kentucky a couple weekends ago and it was similar. Just old trails as part of the system prior to IMBA and sustainable trailbuilding became a part of normal life I guess!

Overall a great trail system, I took someone who was in shape but had never ridden MTB before and they enjoyed it.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Oct 08, 2010]
Cday1616
Weekend Warrior

Alum Creek is a great place for beginners and for those who have been riding for years. I suggest starting at the gated section past the dam on Africa rd. Ride across the road and start in the new sections of the beginner trail. Taking half the easy trail loop to Phase 1 allows for a good warmup and some varied terrain, and it also lets you stop by the skills section to practice. Once on phase 1, the trail has gradual elevation changes but always has a good flow to it. There are lots of quick downhill sections that are somewhat technical. At the midway point there is a creek crossing which isnt too tough to navigate and comes out of nowhere since it lies at the bottom of a downhill section. From that point there are some great flowing singletrack sections until it drops you out on Africa rd. IMPORTANT: dont follow the trail down to the water on the left, continue on the road to the edge of the trees and make a sharp left to pick the trail back up. Hitting this last section is always a test since it is by far the most technical of the whole ride and it comes when you are the most tired. Once finished with Phase 1 return back to beginner trail and take lefts when the trail splits to return you back to the gate and your vehicle

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I highly recommend Phase 2 and Mohican. Mohican from Columbus is a haul though (1.5-2 hrs) so be warned.

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RATING
4
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3
[Nov 10, 2008]
JPost
Cross Country Rider

Like most other reviews on here say this trail gets a lot of use so exposed tree roots make for some very bumpy sections. I've been riding here for 12 years and keep coming back because of its proximity to C-bus. If I'm on my bike it's hard to complain so the conditions don't bother me. The only thing that does suck are the yuppies walking their dogs and the redneck fishers that occasionally break bottles on the trail. Lately I've just been going up to Phase II instead; more technical and fewer people.

Customer Service

There's only one....

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Phase II (the big brother)

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 27, 2008]
buckeyebandie
Weekend Warrior

Great trail, nice scenery. A bit rough in some places particularly on a hardtail. It also doesn't drain well at all, but when it's dry, it's a fast ride.

Customer Service

Follow the trail map. However, the Google map of its location is wrong. It's on the north side of Columbus just off of Africa Rd. on Lewis Center Rd.

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Alum Creek Phase 2. A much dryer trail with more elevation changes and better obstacles.

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RATING
3
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2
[Jun 02, 2007]
Brian Kennedy
Weekend Warrior

The map shown is not even remotely close to where this trail is located!! It's at the Alum Creek State Park and the trailhead is on Big Walnut Road, just east of Africa Road.

The trail is a good intermediate trail but is often abused by local riders who won't stay off after it rains. Because of this it has become rutted in some areas, but it's still a very good trail. After a soaking rain, ride Phase 2 for at least 3 days before going on Phase 1. I live 10 minutes from this trail and 15 minutes from Phase 2 and I ride them 3-5 times a week. Both are fun and this is a good trail. I ride both frequently at night and it's great to be able to legally do so until 11 PM.

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Alum Creek Phase 2. From the Phase 1 parking lot, turn right then right at the stop sign onto Africa Road. At the next stop sign cross Cheshire Road and the Phase 2 parking lot is on your left. It's the first parking lot entrance you'll see after Cheshire. Exit the parking lot on your bike, turn left onto Africa road and the trailhead is on your right, up a small hill. Look for the sign.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 22, 2005]
toomann
Weekend Warrior

I road the alum creek advanced mtb trail for the first time yesterday and here are my first impressions. From a technical viewpoint the trail rates about average in difficulty. There is nothing that an experienced rider will come upon that is going to be very challenging. That being said, the trail system is well put together with many nice creek crossings followed by short uphill climbs. The length of the trail varies in length depending on which source you use. I'm not sure of the length but there is a good deal of trail that if ridden several times in a loop either way will make a good ride whatever your ride level. I will also address the mud issue since I feel that this place has been in my opinion mis represented in prior reviews as a mud pit. On the day I rode which came right after a day and a half of rain, the trail was 80% free of mud. Were there muddy area's?, yes, but I have ridden few places that didn't have muddy areas even in the height of summer. On the other hand, common sense should tell you that in the late fall if it has been wet or early spring if there has been a lot of snow and the temp warms up real fast, most trails are going to be muddy and you should use common sense in deciding to ride. Might be a good day to take to the road bike instead of damaging the trails. Over all if you like good singletrack riding and don't mind the lack of extreme downhill tech stuff then alum creek is worth the drive.

Customer Service

see the other reviews

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Tar hollow state park just south east of Columbus area. Lots of area to explore in the hocking hills region east of route 23.

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3
VALUE
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2
[Aug 11, 2004]
stolenwood
Downhiller

These trails are very interesting. It really is amazing to see what these people can do in central ohio. DON'T ride them when they're wet. You will not only ruin the trails but hate biking for the rest of your life

Customer Service

follow the orange signs with black arrows on them.

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i dont think there are any others

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 23, 2004]
redwhite&blue
Weekend Warrior

I was never at Alum Creek in the bad days, but current trail system is very good, with some challenge. If the trail is really muddy, guess what don't ride it. That's just way Ohio is. The day I rode was dry and fast. I like the bridges and other man made items. Nothing to fault with this trail. Trail builders did a good job and I will go back again.

Customer Service

Can't say. Only been there one time.

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Lake Hope, West Branch, AEP and of course the illegal stuff.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Mar 16, 2004]
jpcrockett
Cross Country Rider

Please, please, please don't ride here when it's muddy. it will make you hate off road biking. i'm from SLC, and i'm used to riding in the snow, hail, rain, you name it. but, i rode this one when it hadn't rained for a week (but in february), and it nearly made me give up biking altogether. now, in utah, i could easily do 7 miles w/ 2000feet of vertical in under an hour. this little, flat, 6 mile loop took me 2.5 hours, and that's with 2 short cuts. i'd get the pedals around twice, then have to stop and clear the mud off. arrrrrgh. it's a shame. i'll go back when it's dry, and i know i'll love it. the mud is just miserable though. i think next time it is muddy (if i'm stupid enough to try it again in the mud), i'll take my cyclocross bike and see if the thinner tires make it possible to break the 2 hour barrier :) it's tough to be a biker and in central Ohio. once it warms up and dries out, i have a feeling this trail will save me. beautiful trail, just too easy (flat).

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RATING
3
VALUE
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1
[Nov 06, 2003]
fischman
Weekend Warrior

This trail should be called "Mud Creek" I'm not normally a fair weather rider, bu you'd think there wouldn't be mud-up-to-your-axles a full week after the last rain--in October no less! Three fourths of the outer loop (which is where the best riding is) is bordered by highway or new housing developments, so forget about getting away from it all here. Yes, there is some great riding in the relatively dry spots, but the overall mud factor is way too high. Most other trails dry out faster, even here in Ohio.

Customer Service

If you are further south, try Ceasar Creek

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RATING
2
VALUE
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2
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