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    ... and if we just ... Trexler/South Mountain 11/18/12

    Made like the geese and headed South for the day...

    ...to Trexler Preserve with it's steep climbs, and fast drops and a bit slippy with the over night frost thawing out just in time for our ride! Even saw a bit of ice, making lean angle tough in turns, especially on a long wheelbase 29er, but there is always a way to get it in and out quick(sorry Chuck if I drove ya nuts with all the flip turns...LOL)

    Weather was on our side though as sun began to dry the thin slime, so the second loop was in order and of course two times the money down Half Pipe and Dozer trails is bank, but that meant climbing out was again handed to us as we lost lots of elevation in the process. Seems a few others on the trail decided walking up was on the menu for them, but they were out enjoying the super fall day anyway. My mind wandered as I couldn't find a rock to save my life other than small quartz buddies that litter the sides of the trails. Finally got dizzy from all the uphill swithchbacks and decided to head over to...

    ...South Mountain Preserve for a totally different ride. The home of the Roadale Press aka Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines mt biking test track trails...LOL Whew that was a lot to say in one sentence. If you are familiar with the magazine "Mountain Bike" these trails might just look familiar to you. Now feeling very much at home among the rocks. It was time for our very own test session!

    They have done a lot of work to the entrance trail with old crushed asphalt as the trail base, and new bridges over wet areas too. Nice to see a new kiosk was added with maps and info. The construction continued further up the trail, with new parking and concrete aprons...

    ...but once you start climbing it's all dirt and slippy green rocks! Good to see logovers aren't removed between steep short climbs with lots of rocks and pic your way through lines still exist. Hoping we wouldn't hear the "zizz" of a slipping rear tire we gently made our way up. Got through most of the Orange trail and ran out of light. Made a beeline back to car thinking and hoping to ride the local rail/trail as a finish. Signs said "No riding after dark" so grabbed food and back to home we headed ending a great day spent in the Lehigh Valley!
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    Glad you enjoyed my back yard

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    ... and if we just ...

    It's a Horse of Course...
    ...pic 6 begins the South Mountain experience
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    ... and if we just ...

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    Looks like a lot of fun I wanna go

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    Wait, what the heck is the South Mountain trail you were on?? How do I live here and have never heard of this place. I thought you were talking about South Mountain Emmaus, which some of the pictures look like, but others I just plain don't recognize, although I haven't been there in a few months. I have no idea what that last pic is of, nor the wood bridge that leads to the houses.

    I rode 2.5 laps of Trexler yesterday (two laps plus a second spin around HP3/Dozer), We rode early with the frost, and then once the ground started thawing, all the riders made it rather slick in places towards the end of our ride, but even still, it's THE best place to ride when it's rainy. Drains very quick.

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    I'm a bit confused about south mountain as well. I've ridden south mountain emmaus several times and those photos don't look familiar.


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    some pics from the ride





















    this is where we were in emmaus

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    Quote Originally Posted by koval79 View Post
    I'm a bit confused about south mountain as well. I've ridden south mountain emmaus several times and those photos don't look familiar.


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    Ohhh I just found this in an article from August: " Emmaus just got more walkable with the newly opened Bob Rodale South Mountain Gateway Trail that starts off Kline’s Lane and connects to Alpine Street, which is an access point to the Wildlands Conservancy South Mountain Preserve. The 335-acre preserve has about eight miles of trails."

    I think the last time I was there was late spring / early summer. This summer I took a strong liking to Bear Creek and I think that replaced a lot of outings where I would have gone to SME

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    Boy Howdy,

    I am headed to LeHigh this coming weekend. Trexler, Salisbury, Bear Creek...all rock. I think it will be Bear Creek for me, but Trexler GP is a fun place to get into serious trouble.
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    Yep- the first few pics are from the Greenway (Klines Lane) to Alpine St. The bridge with the bike down is if you go straight into the trails (I recommend going in to the left since those were built specifically for MTB and do not get as soft in the wet). The rocks are pretty much everywhere. During the past few years, the locals have worked hard with the Wildlands Conservancy to add trails and reroute wet ones. If you are facing the mountain, the trails to the left are the new ones and can be strung together to make 8-10 mile loops with minimal amounts of overlap and without going onto private property. Fun names like 'bug trail' and 'bowman' are attached to the trails, but the maps need to be updated to show them all. We are working on that part as well. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling View Post
    Yep- the first few pics are from the Greenway (Klines Lane) to Alpine St. The bridge with the bike down is if you go straight into the trails (I recommend going in to the left since those were built specifically for MTB and do not get as soft in the wet). The rocks are pretty much everywhere. During the past few years, the locals have worked hard with the Wildlands Conservancy to add trails and reroute wet ones. If you are facing the mountain, the trails to the left are the new ones and can be strung together to make 8-10 mile loops with minimal amounts of overlap and without going onto private property. Fun names like 'bug trail' and 'bowman' are attached to the trails, but the maps need to be updated to show them all. We are working on that part as well. Enjoy!
    Thaks for the info! looks like it is a fun place to ride we'll probably be back to check it out more! And thanks for the hard work to whoever is building and maintaining them!!
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    I always park at the Alpine st lot and head straight in for he Wednesday VMB ride, have never seen "the gateway". I'm a big fan of SME, but VMB does a great job with all of the trails they maintain.


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    Nepmtba, would you ride Trexler again on a single speed or are the climbs tougher than Blue Marsh ?

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by bankofdad View Post
    Nepmtba, would you ride Trexler again on a single speed or are the climbs tougher than Blue Marsh ?
    BM has a lot of long climbs. Trex is tight/narrow to say the least, except for HP trail wide banked turns that you could run a quad through, so you can pick your line. It's like any other place, the learning opens the door wider. First run down HP just getting used to the apexes, next lap didn't even look, just go high, dive, and rip it. Personally I would ride my single speed anywhere, would be tough at Trex, but then again I saw gearies walking up from the bottom of HP. Nothing wrong with that they were smiling and breathing hard. It would be fun chasing the cat up all those switchbacks with the SSer!

    I would not bring a bunch the "flow riders" though, their kinda flow and what we are talking about here is way different. They would die. Your not gonna "coast" up these short steeps or rest in between. This is flow you gotta work at to keep it going, but once you do the excitement really begins!

    Next time I'll post it up and we'll have big SSer day at Trex, we can stay on the Dozer/HP side and just rip it over and over!...LOL

    Good stuff!

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    Not complaining but...
    ...I wished I had put my wider tires on, so I could smashed down that stuff, rather than wait for the grip, would have been different if it was dry!

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    ...reason to go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    FWIW- VMB does not maintain S. Mountain Emmaus- it is maintained by a dedicated group of Emmaus based riders with the blessing of the Wildlands Conservancy. VMB mostly focuses on Trexler and Nox as of late from what I understand.

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    ^ thanks to all everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardman27 View Post
    Looks like a lot of fun I wanna go
    OK your in for next time you would be into this with your BMXer skills. I would love to bring a high geared DJer even if I had to walk back up a few times until my old body said "Kaput"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling View Post
    FWIW- VMB does not maintain S. Mountain Emmaus- it is maintained by a dedicated group of Emmaus based riders with the blessing of the Wildlands Conservancy. VMB mostly focuses on Trexler and Nox as of late from what I understand.
    Oh, my bad. Well, whoever does it, does a bang up job! I guess I just assumed since its in their wednesday rotation and they do post a trail work log on their website for SME. they do have a hand in Salisbury walking purchase park as well as other trails.


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    Quote Originally Posted by koval79 View Post
    Oh, my bad. Well, whoever does it, does a bang up job! I guess I just assumed since its in their wednesday rotation and they do post a trail work log on their website for SME. they do have a hand in Salisbury walking purchase park as well as other trails.


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    Not a biggie- just giving credit where it's due.

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