U.P finally gets a bonafide biking trail! And it actually requires a bit of technical bike handling!
I am actually torn between sharing this and keeping it a secret. I want to share it because I want others to try this trail and have as much fun as I’m having. But at the same time, I shudder at the possibility that hordes of people will flock to this trail and create a singletrack version of Edsa on Friday payday.
It’s the surfers dilemma: Do you invite others to your local break or do you keep it to yourself?
I am choosing to spread the word. Who knows? If this trail turns out to be a hit, other trails may get built in U.P and turn the State U campus into the next urban trail biking destination.
This place already has the trees, the undulating terrain, and a very active biking community. Purpose-built trails are just waiting to be built. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that.
Anyway, the U.P trail is a short XC track near the College of Human Kinetics, which is also known as the U.P gym. It was built by volunteers from CHK and the U.P Outdoor Recreation Group or ORG. Kudos to you guys! You did an effin good job here!
It makes me feel proud to have once been a part of ORG. I was an applicant in the 90s but activism, rock and roll, beerfests, and occasional academic indulgences got in the way of becoming an inducted member.
If you’re a newbie who’s just getting his/her biking legs, you should definitely try the U.P trail. This will give you a very good sampler of what you should expect in Timberland’s trails.
This trail will introduce you to proper bike handling and build up your confidence when tackling technical trail features. The exit used to be technical but because of several accidents on this segment, UP ORG made it a little easier.