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jhmace9

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France Park Trails
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:18:48 PM »
The trails in France park are in very good shape even after all of this rain there has been very little impact on them.

Not sure why there is so little info in these forums about these trails, they are fun trails.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 08:43:47 AM »
Any one have current trail conditions to report.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 08:05:55 PM »
sorry about not getting back to you for so long but the trails are good.

Had some downed trees a couple weeks back but they have been cleaned up.


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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 10:27:37 PM »
I was planning a camping trip there a month ago, but for camping and 3 riders it seemed expensive. Westwood charges per bike too and that just seems wrong to me.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 07:40:25 AM »
I was planning a camping trip there a month ago, but for camping and 3 riders it seemed expensive. Westwood charges per bike too and that just seems wrong to me.

Did you check with the park on pricing?  I believe (but don't quote me) that if you camp, your riding is included.  If not it should be as many of the campers bring their WallyWorld bikes and cruise around the trails anyway and I know they haven't paid extra.  Let me know if that's not the case and I'll talk with the park the next time I'm there. 

BTW, these trails stay in GREAT shape during wet periods unlike so many across the state.  I've said it before, these aren't "epic" trails, but they're much better than they get credit for and are often overlooked. 

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011, 05:51:11 PM »


 I've said it before, these aren't "epic" trails, but they're much better than they get credit for and are often overlooked. 

Oh don't get me wrong, I really like the variety of trails there.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2011, 01:47:31 PM »
Trails were perfect today.  Couldn't have asked for anything better.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2011, 02:36:53 PM »
They are ok, but i never felt like i had any idea where i was going.  It seems as if i spent more time looking for the single track then riding it.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011, 08:00:48 AM »
They are ok, but i never felt like i had any idea where i was going.  It seems as if i spent more time looking for the single track then riding it.

You should either go out there when someone who knows the trails goes out so they can show you the best path or do what I did and get a copy of the map the DINO guys use for the race that is there in august and you can just follow that.

I went there the weekend after the race and they had plenty of maps left over.  I then just carried that around with me until I knew the way around.
This years race is 8/14 I think.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2011, 08:30:59 AM »
Any chance you can make that map available here?

I don't think about going back to France because I feel lost without a map to get a feel for the lay of the land...

Thanks in advance!
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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2011, 08:44:39 AM »
I would start here

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2011, 09:24:05 AM »
yup, that'd be the one.

I always park at the beach parking lot at number 1 and start and finish from there.

I've modified the path a bit by removing some of the fourwheeler paths to do more singletrack but then I'm not worried about having two way traffic on the trails like a race course designer would have to consider.

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2011, 09:33:08 AM »
Thanks guys!!!    :D

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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2011, 05:38:46 PM »
Although that map is the best you are going to get there are a lot of cross trails and off shoots.  A lot of them around the paw paw path and meadow.  It can really mess your flow up.  I have been there several times but not in a year.  I always get sorta lost.
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Re: France Park Trails
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2011, 10:47:20 AM »
IMO, if the park seriously wants to attract mountain bikers, then trail signs need to be put up for a course that flows. Most mountain bikers want to flow and ride fast and it's not possible at France Park unless you've been riding there for a long time and have learned the maze of trails. The map doesn't help when you're in the middle of the trail system with 3-5 choices for where to go in the span of less than 1/10th of a mile.

It seems to me that the DINO race is an opportunity for the park to mark a course off. If they put up permanent signs for that layout, it will be easier for MTBers who go there in the future.


 

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