Swarthmore college trails

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  • 12-31-2012
    davidrode
    Working, but might go tomorrow depending on how tonight goes..
    Usually work M-F 9-5...
    My bike is good to go..
  • 12-31-2012
    emaisch1080
    Ok. It was a good ride. Took it to pine ridge station. The guys at the bike shop on 252 said theres another trail to pick up down the rode. I'm having a good time exploring back there. I'll probably be there tomorrow too.
  • 12-31-2012
    davidrode
    Once I hit Pine Ridge, I don't know of any other trails beyond.
    I normally will ride 252 out to Ridley Creek from there and back towards home. ( again as part of my road work)..
    If you should come across another trail near there,please let me know.
    The only others I know of are out near Don Guenella..
  • 12-31-2012
    emaisch1080
    I've ridden don guanella. But not in a few years. I drove down the street on pineridge and then followed it up the hill. There's a little parking lot and a trailhead. Looks like it runs along the west side of 476 down back into smedley to the back of the park. You can see on the map where pineridge loops around next to the park. I'm not sure if this is the part they were talkin about but it what I've found so far
  • 01-01-2013
    davidrode
    At the top of Hemlock is the trailhead..is a trail it brings you out to either the soccer fields at the back of Smedley or one of the small bridges depending on which way you travel. ( I grew up in Wallingford.) One of my best friends in high school lived right on Hemlock..

    I'm thinking of heading over in a bit.
    Let me know if you have intentions on riding today.
  • 01-01-2013
    emaisch1080
    Just finished up. Great ride. Found some nice downhill. We'll meet up one of these times
  • 01-01-2013
    emaisch1080
    Did you know about the trails behind Jane lownes park.
  • 01-01-2013
    emaisch1080
    This was my ride. Not sure if link works. First time.

    https://www.strava.com/rides/35137645
  • 01-02-2013
    davidrode
    It worked, I can see your ride..
    You know that you are able to cross the creek it's only 6-8" deep. I see you went around it both heading to smedley and when you returned..

    Even this time of year I cross it, it's not to bad
  • 01-02-2013
    emaisch1080
    I crossed it the other day on the swarthmore side if that's what your talking about.
  • 01-04-2013
    emaisch1080
    Anyone up for a ride tomorrow morning. I'll be starting at swarthmore colleges south entrance field house around 8-8:30. Let me know. I'm good for 1-2 hours.
  • 01-04-2013
    davidrode
    Count me in.
    I have a new oversized rear tire that ( i think ) going to work out ok..
    Just in case it does not I want to make sure I have a vehicle near by.. So I will drive over.
    I'll be driving an xterra. Meet you around 8
  • 01-04-2013
    emaisch1080
    Sounds good. I have a black dodge 1500. I park at the end of field house lane in front of the indoor squash courts. ( I never knew what the building was. I just checked out the google map).
  • 01-05-2013
    davidrode
    so what time 8 or 8:30 its your call.
  • 01-05-2013
    emaisch1080
    8:15
  • 01-05-2013
    davidrode
    Take your time I'm already here.
  • 01-09-2013
    davidrode
    Heading out saturday morning if anybody wants to join.
    Thinking around 8 or 9 to start.
    Let me know.
  • 01-10-2013
    emaisch1080
    I may or may not be in. I dropped a weight on my big toe and fractured it. I might have to take a week off.
  • 01-12-2013
    davidrode
    Smedley is trashed
    County is tearing down the Smedley ramps and trails.
    Right now!!
    Spread the word.
    This is unfortunate but true
  • 01-12-2013
    emaisch1080
    Are you kidding. I was just there this morning
  • 01-12-2013
    Mikemcg
    county tearing down trails?
    Do you mean that they are closing the trails to biking? If so, have they posted signs or notified the public?
  • 01-12-2013
    davidrode
    I don't think they are shutting it down, I just think that they are back there leveling all the ramps and anything deemed dangerous..
    Sad day for Smedley,
  • 01-13-2013
    Gigantic
    boooo. :-(

    do you mean the pump track area with all of the berms & jumps?
  • 01-13-2013
    emaisch1080
    Not sure about the berms yet. But the jumps, seesaw and log ride are leveled. I'll chech it out later this week and see the total damage
  • 01-13-2013
    Gigantic
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by emaisch1080 View Post
    Not sure about the berms yet. But the jumps, seesaw and log ride are leveled. I'll chech it out later this week and see the total damage

    f@ąŁ!!! that trail was a work of art.
  • 01-13-2013
    emaisch1080
    Better craftsmanship than in my house.
  • 01-21-2013
    davidrode
    Update
    All,
    We did a ride thru yesterday.. How could you not, it was perfect weather for a ride..
    The corkscrew is demolished and so are the ramps at the pine ridge trailhead..
    But that is it, the dozer seemed to stop their,
    The TRAILS beyond were untouched, it's an easy walk/ride.
    Wanted to throw this out there for those who once enjoyed these parts.
  • 01-21-2013
    emaisch1080
    On saturday I did swartmore to smedley to Jane lownes. I didn't get a chance to ride through pine ridge. Thanks for the update.
  • 02-16-2013
    davidrode
    If anybody is interested, I'm heading over to swarthmore trailhead now...
    Just thought I would throw this out there..
  • 02-16-2013
    davidrode
    Heading over now if anybody is interested.
  • 02-17-2013
    Gigantic
    I went out Saturday afternoon. It's shocking to see the devastation @ pine ridge. Really sad, but at least they haven't killed all of it. yet.
  • 02-18-2013
    trx450r1989
    I work right by swarthmore college , friend central high school. I've been riding at wisk and Belmont. Where does this trail start.
  • 02-22-2013
    Gigantic
    it depends on where you want to start. you could pick the trail up behind swarthmore, but the trail is rocky, rooty and quite technical, which could be fun or not, depending on your skill level. The bulk of the singletrack is in Smedley park. there are some wicked climbs, treacherously rooty sections and areas with great flow. you've gotta dig around to find the trails, they're not marked & it's not quite obvious that they're there.
  • 02-22-2013
    trx450r1989
    Yea that is what I'm used to riding. Belmont to camelback to wisk, I ride everywhere. I just never knew there was a trail behind swarthmore. I'll check it out soon.
  • 02-22-2013
    Gigantic
    do some exploring on strava to find the trail. to connect from Swarthmore to Smedley, you need to cross a road & bridge to the other side of Crum Creek.
  • 02-22-2013
    trx450r1989
    Thank you! Ill see how it goes next week
  • 02-22-2013
    davidrode
    If anybody is interested I might go out tomorrow and or Sunday. I'm trying to get down to white clay time permitting .. Regardless I plan to ride one Swarthmore at some point this weekend since it's 2 secs from my house.
  • 02-22-2013
    Gigantic
    I might be down if it doesn't rain too much. Otherwise, I'm going to the Endurance Sports Expo in Oaks, instead.
  • 02-23-2013
    davidrode
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I might be down if it doesn't rain too much. Otherwise, I'm going to the Endurance Sports Expo in Oaks, instead.

    I was there last year. Not driven towards mtbr . All road gear // runners..
  • 02-23-2013
    Gigantic
    yeah, I figured, but I've got free tix and it looks too wet to ride.
  • 02-24-2013
    davidrode
    Went out today....
    All I can say ..........
    Muddy!!!!
  • 02-24-2013
    Gigantic
    that's why I stayed home.
  • 03-23-2013
    davidrode
    I thought I had already posted this, uncertain if anybody has been back on the pine ridge, they finally demolished the remaining jumps.... happened about 3 weeks ago..
    Actually in my opinion, it's more dangerous with the way they left it then when it was maintained by the riders...
  • 03-23-2013
    Gigantic
    did they remove the berms, too? Bass-turds!!!
  • 03-23-2013
    davidrode
    Everything!
    I'm heading over tomorrow morning just to do a ride thru again..
  • 03-23-2013
    Gigantic
    what's the point of even riding there anymore?
  • 04-23-2013
    vincavinz
    So... are any of the Swarthmore/Crum Woods/Smedley trails worth riding anymore?
  • 04-23-2013
    Gigantic
    there was a meetup there last week & supposedely a meeting with Delco Parks officials. Was anyone from here there?