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    How long is the shortest trail that you have enjoyed riding?

    So what was the shortest trail you have ever ridden that put a smile on your face? For me, its a 2 mile long trail that has everything but jumps. It has short uphills, fast downhills, sweeping and tight turns, views, a boardwalk over a swampy area, and some fast straightaways. Best part is that it is used very little but well maintained and you can ride both ways. Plus the park service has built 8 miles of new trails that add on to this trail. They are supposed to open in another month.

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    There is one that is a 1.3 mile loop that I enjoyed when i first started......its a little boring now though.

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    There used to be this trail called Grave Ridge in Michaux S.F. (I say "used to" because it's been converted into a haul road for a logging tract now). It is maybe 0.75 mi long, but had some of the coolest rock features anywhere. It was this narrow, almost knife-edge ridge with shales and conglomerates tilted almost on their sides. Once you learned the "line" you could do it in about 5 min, or you could try and put together a new line with all the rocks. Definitely one of my favorite trails ever. I really hope it comes back some day.

    EDIT: I did some Google Recon and found that trail may be being/is rebuilt because it was a official trail (one of the few). Good news...
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    How long is the shortest trail that you have enjoyed riding?

    I can think of a couple chunky trails I enjoy that are less than a mile long. One is granite rubble, the other is limestone ledges. The second one is also right across the street from my house, so I got that going for me.
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    Chute de Sachem, a little connector trail between two of the main trails at Diablo. A whopping maybe 30' long or so.

    One of my fav fun little bits there, and the #@^@#%s got rid of it!
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    "Lightning", a .7 mile flow trail at Oak Mountain State Park. Bit much for this beginner on a hardtail, so I keep it on the ground, but it's still a lot of fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Chute de Sachem, a little connector trail between to of the main trails at Diablo. A whopping maybe 30' long or so.

    One of my fav fun little bits there, and the #@^@#%s got rid of it!
    ^^^+1 always loved that trail!

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    Sometimes I throw down some logs in my cul de sac and practice log hopping after the kids go to bed. So, that's probably 40'. Basically, if I'm on my bicycle, I'm having fun.

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    Kessel Run, Fruita.

    I've done it in 13 parsecs.
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    My favorite shortest trails are at my local DH bike park (Blue Mtn). From the "filter" down the trail to the gondola takes about 5 minutes for ride down... doesn't seem like much but each trail is so unique.

    There are 15 individual trails (all levels of difficulty) There are advanced runs that turn my crank Steep sections, popup jumps, drops, wallrides, rocky and rooty. The names of those runs are Grab Bag, Big Sleeze, O-Chute and Haole... and the rest are just as fun
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    Yep, favorite short trail is at Angelfire. Ziggy right from the top--not even certain it is one mile. Classed as "easiest", but, of course, the faster you go, the more technical if becomes. Fun, fun, fun. Great warm-up for the rest of the way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Chute de Sachem, a little connector trail between to of the main trails at Diablo. A whopping maybe 30' long or so.

    One of my fav fun little bits there, and the #@^@#%s got rid of it!
    I love that trail, it's short but it's extremely fun. I really miss it ;/
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    How long is the shortest trail that you have enjoyed riding?

    Have a lattice-like network of footpaths/trails right behind my house, I think I'm the only mtb on them, mostly people walking their dogs or kids cutting cutting through the woods to get to school. Probably 1 mile if you added them all up but only 0.3 it so end to end. I can ride for a hour or so, weaving different patterns without doing the same section in the same direction more than twice, some of it fairly technical. Really fun and right out my back door

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    less than a quarter mile. The first trail I ever rode with my brother when I first started riding. Essentially just a traverse but short technical climbs and descents. The first time I rode it I walked several sections and I swore I would clean it going each direction some day. To be honest I'm not sure that I have achieved my goal or not, I think I have, but ten years later I don't really care either way because even if I have, it's still a personal win if I clear a select few obstacles that haunted me for so long while I was learning to put my tech skills to the test, both up and down. Also this section of trail handed me a concussion (on a climb, no less), always a pleasure to beat that little piece. It's personal.

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    1.8 miles. 1300 feet of descent (14% average grade)

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    Grew up very close to Lake Dennison State Park in north central MA. During the off-season I used to ride the small foot paths that connected the campsites. A lot of fun. There was also a heavily used game trail close by that was fun to ride. None were official but all great.

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    Anything fast, sprintable, with curvy bends, no real need to hit the brakes, gentle rollers/rolling ground, and a few scattered bumps (optional and poppable), on a slight downhill slope would be in the running for favorite trail for me. Not coincidentally, most of the good ones like that get names that most locals know. They can be as short as 14 seconds (under 0.2 mile) and even be contested on Strava... I love how a simple thrill, such as going over a roller and into a dip fast enough and getting a weightless feel, due to how the bike follows the contour of the dip and sort of leaves you hanging in the air for a second, doesn't ever get old. On the other hand, the short trails that blow through the elevation/gravity that you spent 20+ minutes to climb up get mixed impressions from me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    Kessel Run, Fruita.

    I've done it in 13 parsecs.
    Parsecs is a length

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    I usually think of ride length in time, not distance. There are plenty of 1/2 hr- 1 hr loops near my house in CT that have fantastic singletrack. Lucky me... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Parsecs is a length
    Take my advice, dude. Let the wookie win.

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    Its a real measurement, not just a star wars reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    Kessel Run, Fruita.I've done it in 13 parsecs.
    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Its a real measurement, not just a star wars reference.
    But a parsec is just a little too long to be considered as a short trail

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    Little connecter trail below may house called "Home Run" on Eagle Mountain. Maybe 500m long, but really flowy and fun. Beats riding the road it parallels by far!

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    There is a short trail here in the city, less then 100 yards long, that has a couple of flowy turns and a sort of woop-de-do at the end that gives me a smile. I call it the Bunny Trail because I occasionally see a rabbit when I ride there, and also because it is so short, it just seems to fit.




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    When I lived in SF back in the '80s several truck loads of dirt were dumped and forgotten on the side of the road in Golden Gate Park. The local kids turned it into a little MTB playground. Whole thing must have been 300ft max but it had little jumps and whoop de doos, tight turns and even a drop off. I spent hours going back and forth trying a new line or seeing how slow I could ride it etc.
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    Shortest trail at Moon Lake that I wish was longer is Thorny
    About an 8 foot vertical drop into it, fast sweepy corners, just an absolute blast and over in under a minute
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    My rides usually consist of several pieces of trail, connected with paths, roads, and streets. There's some pieces that I enjoy very much and only take about a minute or two. One is on dead flat ground, smooth, twisty, a couple of dried up ditches that are a good shape and size for pumping, and a log across it near one end. Another one is like a tiny rollercoaster mainly on bedrock, and some well rounded and flattened head-size rocks near the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yotaman View Post
    So what was the shortest trail you have ever ridden that put a smile on your face? For me, its a 2 mile long trail that has everything but jumps. It has short uphills, fast downhills, sweeping and tight turns, views, a boardwalk over a swampy area, and some fast straightaways. Best part is that it is used very little but well maintained and you can ride both ways. Plus the park service has built 8 miles of new trails that add on to this trail. They are supposed to open in another month.
    This one is fun!


    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker View Post
    There used to be this trail called Grave Ridge in Michaux S.F. (I say "used to" because it's been converted into a haul road for a logging tract now). It is maybe 0.75 mi long, but had some of the coolest rock features anywhere. It was this narrow, almost knife-edge ridge with shales and conglomerates tilted almost on their sides. Once you learned the "line" you could do it in about 5 min, or you could try and put together a new line with all the rocks. Definitely one of my favorite trails ever. I really hope it comes back some day.

    EDIT: I did some Google Recon and found that trail may be being/is rebuilt because it was a official trail (one of the few). Good news...
    +1 on the granite playground!
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    Charlie's Cutoff at Buffalo Creek. 1.3 miles of wholesome goodness! With as many miles of trail as you want on both sides of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by allix2456 View Post
    Little connecter trail below may house called "Home Run" on Eagle Mountain. Maybe 500m long, but really flowy and fun. Beats riding the road it parallels by far!
    There's this trail in Michaux called b**ch that does the same thing. It's maybe 0.2 mi of fast downhill fun with one large rock that is deceptively easy to ride over. Your post reminded me..
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    Double post...
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    Root Canal in Steamboat is a lot of fun for a short trail
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    old mans valley hornsby australia. 45min north of sydney city. its a great little track that the local council and local bike clubs got together and worked on. not very long 2-3kmish but has it all, nice flowing tracks. small climbs, some balance beams and its a 5 min ride from the train station

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    My back yard has about a 1/4 mile trail with 2 doubles, a wall drop of 24in, a 30in plank drop, a log ride with a 20in drop, a mega teeter totter and a 5ft wooden trestle drop.
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    Sport Loop at McDowell Mountain Park. 3+ mi but feels like a roller coaster. A blast to ride and a popular demo track for manufacturers.

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    Between 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile. A trail in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve we affectionately call Cheesegrater...

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