• 10-22-2007
    rutkiller
    1st Trip to White Clay Creek, Newark, DE
    So I drove down the New Jersey Turnpike for 45 minutes or so, and I found myself at White Clay Creek in Newark, Delaware. I was supposed to go a few weeks ago, but I was sick and couldn't make it. Well, I made it down this past Saturday, and I must say, this is a fine place to ride! I printed Ken Cox' map earlier in the day, and wouldn't you know, I forgot to pack it. Fortunately, the trails are well marked and the place is fairly easy to navigate.

    I did the Lenape Trail, Bryan's Field Trail, the skills trail, the Earth Day Trail, and one other which I can't recall. I was thoroughly impressed with the skills trail. I've seen several photos of the skills trail on various forums, and I always thought that it looked rather "simple." Well, this was the first time I rode any type of stunt or obstacle, and I have a new found respect for those northshore riders. This is not as easy as it looks. To be honest, I think the mental portion of it is the toughest to overcome. Riding it wasn't extremely difficult, although I had some trouble on the skinnies next to the suspension bridge. I walked through the skills trail the first time just to see what was there, etc... I was kinda sketchy about the suspension bridge, so I opted for the skinnies on the left. I nearly endo'd on the first teeter, just before the suspension bridge. It seems like it is missing 1 plank or something. I hit it twice, and it happened each time. I dunno...maybe I'm just hitting it wrong??? Overall, the skills trails was really nice, and I can't wait to hit it again.

    I rode for about 2 1/2 hours, until it starting getting dark. Ran into quite a few friendly people as well. I had a great experience here and can't wait to hit it up again to explore everything I missed.

    Zig Zag Bridge....not as easy as it looks.
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    Suspension bridge...yeah, you don't see too many of these out on the trail. Weird to ride it.
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    choices; A) Long skinny, B) Whoops, or C) Rock Garden
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    Earth Day Trail
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    Bryan's Field Trail
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  • 10-22-2007
    frdfandc
    Glad you had a good time. I went Saturday with 5 other guys from my car club. We hit Middle Run and Judge Morris area. Definietly heading back. Maybe in 2 weeks. Took it easy since it has been several years since I've been out.
  • 10-22-2007
    fach
    If you like descents, check out the whiteley farms loop.
  • 10-23-2007
    streetpro0323
    Luv these Trails
    Middle Run/White Clay is one to the best maintained trails in the area along with being one of the fastest giggle out loud rides around. Enjoy it.
  • 10-23-2007
    Phil
    10 minutes further down 273 and you can hit Fairhill. huge park and great trails. you need to be real careful around the horses, and there really aren't any "skills" trails, but you can ride there for hours without repeating any loops (if you're into that sort of thing). real special place.
  • 10-24-2007
    outdoornut
    Awesome looking stuff. Thanks for the report and photos. I may just have to
    head up that way sometime.


    ODN
  • 10-24-2007
    Secace
    Nice woodwork.
  • 10-24-2007
    aries14
    Giggle is Right!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by streetpro0323
    Middle Run/White Clay is one to the best maintained trails in the area along with being one of the fastest giggle out loud rides around. Enjoy it.

    Yo, if you dont know about Middle Ring you need to check it out. The guys who work on this system have done a great job!!! Real fast and twisty, with lots of fun around every corner.
  • 10-25-2007
    Carn75
    White Clay/Middle Run has been one of my favorite rides in all my years riding.Rutkiller glad you had a good time.I think you and a few other guys from my area have been posting about Ceres Park in Mantua.Once i recover from my surgery we'll have to see if we can all get a big group ride going.By the way,what bike is that in the photos?
  • 10-25-2007
    John_Michael
    White Clay/Middle Run is a great place to ride. I can take both my rigid SS and my FS geared bike out and each is a great ride. If you're interested in helping with trail building etc, drop a line to the Delaware Trail Spinners at www.trailspinners.org. Join the Yahoo group to hear about meetings, trail building sessions and organized group rides (a great way to learn the park).
  • 10-26-2007
    the sloth
    How is the crowd on the weekends?
  • 10-29-2007
    rutkiller
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Carn75
    White Clay/Middle Run has been one of my favorite rides in all my years riding.Rutkiller glad you had a good time.I think you and a few other guys from my area have been posting about Ceres Park in Mantua.Once i recover from my surgery we'll have to see if we can all get a big group ride going.By the way,what bike is that in the photos?


    Yeah Carn, that's me posting about Cere's Park. I know Cere's isn't quite as big, but with a little work, I think it can be quite a place. Now that the weather is finally starting to get cooler, I typically turn my attention to snowboarding, but I'm definitely up for some building and riding back there after the short winter season.
    BTW...the bike is a Jamis Dakar...
  • 10-29-2007
    rutkiller
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by the sloth
    How is the crowd on the weekends?

    I believe this place attracts a fair amount of people. As I said, I started my ride around 4:00 pm or so and ran into about a dozen people. I believe there are organized group rides on Saturday mornings and/or early afternoons, so I would imagine there are some good crowds there.

    Although it can get somewhat busy, the place seems large enough where you don't notice the number of people there....I don't think it would ever feel crowded.
  • 10-29-2007
    Kiwi33
    Any suggestions on the best trail in Whitetail for a begginer?
  • 10-30-2007
    nucmedjim
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kiwi33
    Any suggestions on the best trail in Whitetail for a begginer?

    Try parking at The Judge Morris lot on Polly Drumond rd. It's the southeastern most part of it all and is a pretty
    basic loop with a cutoff trail around the middle. Take note of how many cars are in the lot and be alert for alot of hikers.
  • 10-30-2007
    troutboy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kiwi33
    Any suggestions on the best trail in Whitetail for a begginer?

    Do you mean White Clay ?

    The Judge Morris loop is about the worst trail in White Clay Creek SP for a beginner. It has the most roots, rocks, off-camber turns, sharp turns, and the most hikers.

    Much better for a beginner is the John Bryan loop. If you find that easy, add on the Whitely Farms loop. Check out the map available at the previously mentioned link for parking and trail locations.

    TS
  • 10-30-2007
    nucmedjim
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by troutboy
    Do you mean White Clay ?

    The Judge Morris loop is about the worst trail in White Clay Creek SP for a beginner. It has the most roots, rocks, off-camber turns, sharp turns, and the most hikers.

    Much better for a beginner is the John Bryan loop. If you find that easy, add on the Whitely Farms loop. Check out the map available at the previously mentioned link for parking and trail locations.

    TS

    I've never thought of the Judge loop that way. As far as I can tell there is roots, rocks,
    sharp turns and hikers EVERYWHERE in White Clay. JM the most roots, rocks, sharp turns in White CLay???? I don't think so.:)....... BUT, Parking at Bryan's Field off of 72 is also a good option.
  • 10-31-2007
    Carn75
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rutkiller
    Yeah Carn, that's me posting about Cere's Park. I know Cere's isn't quite as big, but with a little work, I think it can be quite a place. Now that the weather is finally starting to get cooler, I typically turn my attention to snowboarding, but I'm definitely up for some building and riding back there after the short winter season.
    BTW...the bike is a Jamis Dakar...


    I agree,about 15 yrs ago when i first started going back there it was starting to be built up then.Then people kinda of backed off a little.I hear the whole winter sport thing coming up.Hopefully i'll beable to ski this season. I had the same Dakar,color and all.I loved it.I just sold it and bought a 08' Jamis XAM 1.0
  • 10-31-2007
    aries14
    Judge Morris is Simple!!!!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by troutboy
    Do you mean White Clay ?
    The Judge Morris loop is about the worst trail in White Clay Creek SP for a beginner.
    TS

    I have to disagree; this is a basic section of the system and a great place for a beginner. I canít imagine how you think otherwise.

    No worries, to each his own. I say go to the Judge Morris section for a nice intro to this system.
  • 10-31-2007
    Kiwi33
    Thanks to all for the feedback, hopefully the weather holds and I get to try each of the above mentioned.
  • 11-09-2007
    vyper005
    I did one loop of the Bryan's field trail (2nd time there) then I tried the skills trail for the first time yesterday (11/8) and couldnt do about 95% of it (I'm still a beginner) Pretty fun but definitely much harder than it looks...I remember looking at the large teeter-totter and saying no way am I going to try this...Good thing thing you can bypass the stuff that is too technical :D
  • 12-25-2007
    vyper005
    Im slippin....I still havent been to Middle Run yet...:(
  • 12-25-2007
    XCBob
    I doesn't look like anyone will be riding there for awhile
    With all the rain over the weekend and more predicted for this week, it doesn't look like anyone will be able to ride there until next year. -Bob
  • 12-25-2007
    88 rex
    XCBob, is there anywhere close that is ridable? Brandywine? Santa was kind and I've got some stuff I want to try out.
  • 12-26-2007
    vyper005
    I joined the gym for 6 months cause I havent been riding in about a month and a half...I hate crappy weather...