Letchworth Trail Conditions

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8 years 4 months ago #33310 by TSWOLF21
TSWOLF21 replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions

El_Marko wrote: That's usually the route we take - but I've been told to stay off that first mile near the visitor's center because it is for hikers/families only. Another option for us non-hammerheads, is to do 7.5 miles out and then ride it right back, to avoid the road ride.


I talked to bennymack yesterday and he gave me his 'Epic' route which covers most of the FLT then doubles back - 34 miles said and done. My next ride out there.

I had to cut my ride sorter than I had planned last night due to the darkness creeping in. I couldn't find a trial head for the life of me. I had a map, but the trails must have grown over because I was blind to any access trail getting me back to the pavement. -New plan- I took a right off of the trail, did a little bushwhacking, which did not follow proper riding rules, but my life was at stake!:shock: Made it to a corn field, good 5 minute walk got me to the road and on my way back to the car.

El_Marko wrote: The ravines have worsened/deepened over the years and some b-routes have developed - but yes - they are challenging and suck energy bigtime, on or off the bike. I continue to be amazed by those who ride the entire 22 miles - let alone those who ride it both ways!


I rode a few great reroutes that take you further up stream to avoid the 20' plunges into a washed out stream bed. I could tell they were definitely new because the brush had been cut down recently, and the single track was just starting to develop its signature look.

El_Marko wrote: It is an amazing place - and a very good one to ride. I'm surprised by how many local MTBers never even go there. BIKE mag once had it ranked in their top trails in the entire country.


I didn't see one person last night, not even a car within the park. It was strange, but I thoroughly enjoyed having the place to myself > Hence the signature.

Singletrack Solitude

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8 years 4 months ago #33308 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions

El_Marko wrote: That's usually the route we take - but I've been told to stay off that first mile near the visitor's center because it is for hikers/families only. Another option for us non-hammerheads, is to do 7.5 miles out and then ride it right back, to avoid the road ride.

The first part is the best section. I actually do that part twice when I ride. I ride the 15 miles or so, then back the road, but I duck back into the single track just after the power line and ride it back to the car.

Yes, there are more hikers there, but that is good. It gives us all a chance to show how we can slow down to walking speed and pass safely (the definition of "yield the trail") and that helps promote shared use trail.

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8 years 4 months ago #33305 by El_Marko
El_Marko replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions

TSWOLF21 wrote: Rode last night for the first time. Fun place to ride despite the numerous times I had to get off to hike the bike over a stream crossing. I took the FLT from the Hogs Back Overlook to the bottom of the park (north to south), and then the farm road back up to the car - 15 miles of singletrack + 7 miles of road made for a good ride. Heres my take:


That's usually the route we take - but I've been told to stay off that first mile near the visitor's center because it is for hikers/families only. Another option for us non-hammerheads, is to do 7.5 miles out and then ride it right back, to avoid the road ride.

TSWOLF21 wrote: SICKK. Super fast sections with some OK technical sections. If you need to work on your quick steep climbing, sure is the place to practice. 50% of the tributaries that cross the trail weren't ride-able (It would take a bridge to fix their problems-not feasible), the other 50% made for some really challenging sections that had me scratchin my head a few times before making the plunge. Conditions were great: 10-20 mud holes that really weren't bad at all, the rest of the trail was smooth hardpacked <SINGLETRACK> that constantly required your attention. Keeping a good tempo at this place seemed to be the trick to a good ride. I will definitely be making the trek back.


The ravines have worsened/deepened over the years and some b-routes have developed - but yes - they are challenging and suck energy bigtime, on or off the bike. I continue to be amazed by those who ride the entire 22 miles - let alone those who ride it both ways!

TSWOLF21 wrote: Oh, and the views of the gorge are some of the best scenes in the area IMO.


It is an amazing place - and a very good one to ride. I'm surprised by how many local MTBers never even go there. BIKE mag once had it ranked in their top trails in the entire country.

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8 years 4 months ago #33292 by TSWOLF21
TSWOLF21 replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Rode last night for the first time. Fun place to ride despite the numerous times I had to get off to hike the bike over a stream crossing. I took the FLT from the Hogs Back Overlook to the bottom of the park (north to south), and then the farm road back up to the car - 15 miles of singletrack + 7 miles of road made for a good ride. Heres my take:

SICKK. Super fast sections with some OK technical sections. If you need to work on your quick steep climbing, sure is the place to practice. 50% of the tributaries that cross the trail weren't ride-able (It would take a bridge to fix their problems-not feasible), the other 50% made for some really challenging sections that had me scratchin my head a few times before making the plunge. Conditions were great: 10-20 mud holes that really weren't bad at all, the rest of the trail was smooth hardpacked <SINGLETRACK> that constantly required your attention. Keeping a good tempo at this place seemed to be the trick to a good ride. I will definitely be making the trek back.

Oh, and the views of the gorge are some of the best scenes in the area IMO.

Singletrack Solitude

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8 years 6 months ago #32261 by jessea03
jessea03 replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Heading up there next Sunday morning for a ride. I hope it dries out by then.

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8 years 6 months ago #32198 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Early in the year, it is best to start at the second trailhead (not the one at Hogsback) just for reason.

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