10 Lakeside Mountain Biking Loops Not to Miss This Summer

first_imgWe could list all the reasons we love mountain biking—the challenge of a long uphill, those heart-pounding downhill lines, the satisfaction of solving a technical section—but one reason rises above the others: the views. The views, the air, the outdoors. Surrounded by trees, riding a trail through ferns and boulders and briars to emerge on some ridgeline, some riverbank, some lakeshore. That moment is the payoff to a day of pedaling, so we found 10 lakeside trails that are worth every ounce of effort.Issaqueena ForestClemson Experimental Forest, Clemson, SCClemson University’s 17,500-acre experimental forest is laced with more than 100 miles of mountain biking trails and forest roads spread over three distinct areas. Make your way to Issaqueena Forest where 47 miles of trails await. You’ll find waterfalls just of the trail but biking the Issaqueena Lake Trail along the east side of the lake will reward you with some stunning views. Before you go, know this is a teaching forest and trails are built to study recreational design and use, so conditions vary, routes vary, and finding your way can be tough (bring a GPS).Paris Mountain State ParkGreenville, SCJust six miles north of Greenville, SC, (a cool town where it’s easy to quench your thirst and fill your belly) you’ll find Paris Mountain State Park and some of the top mountain biking trails in the Upcountry. Eleven miles of Intermediate-to-Difficult trails give you a taste of everything: switchbacks, technical climbs and downhills, steep sections, and ramps. Ride Brissy Ridge to Pipsissewa to North Lake for a 5-mile ride that will loop the lake. The only downside: since these are hiking-biking trails, it’s boots only on Saturday. The upside: you can ride Greenville’s popular Swamp Rabbit Trail on Saturday and never be far from a cold brew.rsz_1allegrippis_raystown_credit_aelandesBig Bear Lake Trail CenterBruceton Mills, WVThe reputation of Big Bear Lake Trail Center has been growing because within their 50 miles of trail you can put together a ride that introduces novice riders to the sport or challenges the most experienced rider in your group. In addition to the iconic singletrack cutting through thigh-high ferns, rock gardens, and brake-testing downhills, a couple of tracks skirt the edges of the namesake lake. If you’re into races and endurance events, keep these guys on your radar as they hold several throughout the year.Fort Yargo- biking-GeorgiaDepartmentofNaturalResourcesMountwood ParkWaverly, WVClose to 30-miles of singletrack trails cut courses through the valleys, ridges, and ravines that make up Mountwood Park. Lake Trail and Rat Snake Trail will have you pedaling alongside the 50-acre lake, while other rides—Trip to The Moon, Warrior Ridge, and Power Line—will challenge you with leg-burning uphills and switchbacks. Mark your calendars for their early-April Challenge at Mountwood but go ahead and start riding, consider it training for next year.Allegrippis TrailsHuntingdon, Pa.It’s no surprise that the Allegrippis Trails—ranked among the top mountain biking trails in the world by SingleTrack.com—appear on this list. The two-dozen trails in the system give riders 30 miles of trail to ride and combine any way they please. Raystowne Deer Trail gets you lakeside, but just about every trail has lake views. One thing that makes these trails excellent is access. Beginners will find the trails doable and challenging if they take them slow, and experts will find the trails ripe for lung-ripping rides. If you’re hitting the trail here and want a little warm up, check out the 2-acre Raystowne Mountain Bike Skills Park and stretch out or brush up on some neglected techniques.rsz_allegrippis_raystownlake_evanwheelie_credit_aelandesphotographyFort Yargo State ParkWinder, Ga.What can be better than a swim at the end of a long ride? Pedal the length of either the Yellow or Blue Trail at Fort Yargo State Park and you’ll earn that dip in the lake. Both trails carry you to the water’s edge and bring you uphill for even bigger views. Though each trail is rated as intermediate, Yellow is considerably easier and both the length of Blue (12 miles) and the section known as the “Monster Mile” will push the endurance of advanced riders.Tsali Recreation AreaBryson City, NCTsali is well known and technically the trails there only flank the edge of Fontana Lake (but we can forgive that, right? I mean, Fontana’s only got 240 miles of shoreline, so a loop would be a little time-consuming), but still, they offer a solid mix of challenging rides and pause-worthy views. Mouse Branch, Left Loop, and Thompson Loop Trails provide loads of waterside riding, while Right Loop gets you up on the ridge for long views of the lake and mountains. Access to these trails alternate between equestrian and mountain bikes, so two days here will cover all four trails.Issaqueena-creditTKTKKerr Scott TrailsWilkesboro, NCBuilt by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, the trails at Kerr Scott Reservoir in the North Carolina mountains are possibly the most challenging on the list. Three sets of trails—Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Warrior Creek—offer up lake views along with their own quirks, pulse-quickening moments, and problems to solve. Warrior Creek follows the undulating shoreline of the reservoir and challenges riders with technical downhill and uphill sections. All of these trails are tough and Warrior Creek is by far the toughest, so come prepared for a big day.FountainheadTrail-flickr-scorchedearthPanther Creek State ParkMorristown, Tenn.Mountain Bikers will find 15 miles of trails along the shore of Cherokee Lake and along the lakeside hills in Tennessee’s Panther Creek State Park to be lovely and immensely rideable. That said, they are suited to Beginner-to-Intermediate riders, but experienced riders shouldn’t be discouraged by this, they should see it as an opportunity to bring a new rider along and show them why your love for mountain biking falls somewhere between passion and obsession.Panther Creek State Park_flickr_Simon (1)Fountainhead Regional ParkFairfax, Va.We’d be remiss if we didn’t’ mention Carvin’s Cove, the fantastic recreation area near Roanoke, Va., but since we know we’ll find so many readers on the trail there anyway, we thought we’d look elsewhere in Virginia for a killer lakeside Ride. Enter Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax. The trails here are bike-only; are riddled with rock gardens, wooden ramps and banked turns; have clearly marked alternate routes to guide beginners around technical or difficult features; and the loops here can be ridden in any order, giving experienced riders a challenging day in the saddle. At several points you’ll want to stop for a breather and to take in those views of the Occoquan Reservoir.Related Content:last_img read more

Stressed? May’s mental health month

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This leaves little time for recreational activities, which has led to increases in obesity and related conditions like hypertension and diabetes,” she said. “And of course, the stress of a commute or difficult job can also lead to psychiatric conditions such as depression.” The NMHA offers several tips for dealing with chronic job stress, including: Eating right and exercising Setting realistic goals Taking one task at a time LANCASTER – If you’re constantly fatigued, experience frequent headaches and backaches, suffer from lack of sleep and feel agitated, you could be dealing with chronic stress – and if you work full time in a demanding or faraway job, the job itself could be the source. During May, the National Mental Health Association and the mental health unit at Antelope Valley Hospital are encouraging local residents to recognize and manage job-related stress. According to the NMHA, chronic job-related stress is rampant. In addition, study after study has confirmed that high stress levels due to adverse workplace conditions or traveling far to work are affecting our well-being. The problem is especially prevalent in the Antelope Valley. “Job stress certainly contributes to adverse health here in our community,” said Vikki Haley, the hospital’s director of mental health services. “We have become a bedroom community where people travel as much as 150 miles to get to their jobs and back, placing them on the freeway two to four hours a day.” Taking short breaks during the day Taking time to relax or meditate Avoiding perfectionism Learning to say “no” to unreasonable workloads Managing your anger Talking about stressful situations with a loved one Haley points out that there are several resources in the community to help people learn to better cope with chronic stress, including outpatient mental health clinics, private therapists and Los Angeles County’s mental health clinic. In addition, many larger employers offer an employee assistance program for stress and other mental health-related issues. For a referral to any of these resources, call the AVH mental health unit at (661) 949-5250. For additional tips for stress management, visit the NMHA Web site at www.nmha.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE

first_imgThe spectacular hills of Golan and High Glen was the setting for the 2012 Castle Cycles Bogman mountain biking race that took place on Sunday past (15th July). The sun shone brightly all day as almost sixty competitors tackled the tough climbs and the challenging descents.The race started with an initial climb that would test the best of athletes amounting to almost 1,100ft of climbing and 17% gradients at times. However, at the top of the first climb, everyone was treated to some of the finest views in the country prior to a flowing singletrack descent to the Lough Nacreaght reservoir.An undulating mix of double and singletrack then presented competitors with an opportunity to stretch the legs prior to commencing the long and technical ascent to almost 1,100ft once more. Encouraged by the fantastic marshalls, all competitors made it up the final climb and were presented with some of the most enjoyable singletrack to the finishing line.Paul McCarter crossed the finishing line in first position to win the Senior Mens Category in a spectacular time of 48 minutes and 49 seconds. Clive Caldwell followed closely in second with Darragh McCarter in third only a minute or two behind.The Senior Womens category was won by Siobhan McLaughlin and Danielle Toal came in second position.Ciaran Coyle was first across the line in the ‘Bitta Craic’ category, finishing a very impressive tenth overall, despite having succumbed to a fall off the bike caused by the legendary Bogman. Alan Lyttle finished in second position with Paul Nash finishing closely behind in third.It was clear that all competitors, whether experienced athletes or novices really enjoyed the sense of achievement that came with participating and completing the event, with smiles and tales of their fortune (or misfortune) that occurred along the route.The Donegal Mountain Biking Club would like to extend our sincere thanks to all competitors, marshalls, support staff, landowners and nearby residents for their support. The Club would like to pay a special thanks to Castle Cycles of Raphoe for their ongoing support and to Sports Foods Ireland for providing competitors with pre and post cycle nutrition. The next round of the Castle Cycles MTB XC Series takes place in Malin in September.DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE was last modified: July 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGElast_img read more