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Rode fun new trail yesterday: Snowhill / Little Big Econ (video)

Friday, November 4, 2011 by  
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November
4
2011
Bike on a Trail for November 3, 2011. Challenging ridge riding in some places. That creek is about 15-20 feet down.

Bike on a Trail for November 3, 2011. Challenging ridge riding in some places. That creek is about 15-20 feet down.

I’d planned to ride at Little Big Econ State Park (also known as “Snowhill”) while I was on vacation, but I was not able to make it over there. As a result of the cumulative hours I had to work while I was on vacation, yesterday I had a comp day off from work. I decided to make the 1 hour drive to Snowhill and check it out.

I wound up doing a solid 22 miles out there, and I had a fantastic time. Thanks to the lack of decent signage, however, a few of those miles were unintentional.

Despite my best efforts (using a map, compass and GPS) I accidentally made a big loop and found myself right back at the trailhead after just a few miles of riding. I was not impressed with the trails, either: sugar sand, nothing technical at all and just basic boring trails through the woods. It reminded me a lot of Wekiwa. While I enjoy that kind of riding for basic cardio, I was looking for something more exciting yesterday.

I’ve been told that the trails are far more technical and fun over by the creek and the Econ river, so I set off from the trailhead again determined to find those trails.

Success! Using my navigation tools I finally made my way over to the creek and the Econ river! On the trails by the creek and the river I was pleased to find mostly hardpack (with a couple very sandy exceptions right on the Econ river), lots of roots, some fairly fast descents and quick climbs, a couple small hucks and jumps, a few bridges, a water crossing or two and plenty of banked corners. There was also some challenging ridge riding high above the creek; the roots and elevation changes definitely got the adrenaline pumping knowing a crash would mean a 15-20 foot fall down to the water.

There are several trailheads at Little Big Econ State Park. Mountain bikers get their own: the Jones East trailhead.

There are several trailheads at Little Big Econ State Park. Mountain bikers get their own: the Jones East trailhead.

If you go to Snowhill looking for some fun, don’t give up after riding the trails right around the trailhead. Beginners would probably enjoy getting their tires dirty on the trails by the trailhead, but the trails further out offer some great intermediate level fun. The biggest problem is that the signage sucks, and it’s very easy to get lost. Even with a map, GPS and a compass I got turned around quite a few times. Take plenty of water.

One nice thing is these are MOUNTAIN BIKING trails, so I didn’t have to worry about running into cranky hikers and runners: this place is for us.

One final note: the trails are narrow and twisty, but they are two-way (much like most of the trails at Santos). Definitely be on the lookout for bikers coming from the other direction.

I had a video to share, but Youtube muted the audio because one of the music tracks I used is not allowed. Some of these short-sighted record companies just don’t get the concept of free advertising. I’ll re-edit the video with new audio and add it to this post a little later today. Actually, I think I’m just going to start using Vimeo now–better video quality, and less audio restriction. I’ll have the HD video posted here shortly.

EDIT: Here’s the video (NSFW music):

Mountain Biking at Little Big Econ / Snow Hill - November 3, 2011
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