Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Where We Ride: Reagan Park Mountain Bike Trails in Medina

Ed Meyer works as a salesman and mechanic in the Century Cycles store in Medina, Ohio. As an avid mountain biker, he's been riding the mountain bike trails in the city's Reagan Park for at least the past seven or eight years.

The Reagan Park Mountain Bike Trails are a rare and valuable asset to the region, because they provide a variety of off-road terrain in a setting that feels remote, but located within a populous city. With a total of 10 miles of trail, there's something for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced rider. There are four main loop trails and a connector trail, all of which you can ride individually, or put together into one big loop.

Directions: Take Interstate 71 to the exit for State Route 3/Medina. Go south on Route 3; just past Huffman Road on your right, turn right into the Huffman Soccer Fields. If you get to the traffic light at Foote Rd/Reagan Parkway, you've gone too far. There is ample parking, and a restroom, which you can also use to change into your biking clothes.

If you're new to off-road riding, Ed recommends that you stick to the Huffman Trail, which is one of the easier loops. From the parking lot, proceed on the gravel trail next to the picnic shelter, then look for the sign for where the Huffman Trail branches off to the right. The Huffman Trail ends back on the gravel trail; turn left to go back to the beginning and do it over again!

When you feel like you're ready to move on to tougher trails, turn right at the end of the Huffman Trail, and follow the gravel trail to the Fawn Ridge Trail and Annex Trail, both beginner-to-intermediate-level loops. From the Annex Trail, you can loop back to the parking lot, or branch off to the River Trail, the newest loop and a more advanced-level trail. Or, go across Reagan Parkway to the Reagan Park Trail, the "original" section, and for the most advanced-level riders.

Ed also advises to keep an eye out for wildlife along the trails, especially deer. The deer are used to seeing people nearby, so they won't spook easily and may stand just a few feet away from you off the trail! Look for Ed on his Giant Anthem X 29er 0 mountain bike. If you need any bike repairs or other last-minute supplies, hop on the Reagan Parkway and head on over to our Medina store, less than a mile away! You'll also be near lots of restaurants, for your favorite post-ride refreshments.

The Reagan Park Mountain Bike Trails are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers with the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA). If you'd like to lend a hand, they meet at the trail most Sunday mornings! Please respect seasonal trail closures, and don't ride immediately after a rainstorm any time of the year; it damages the trails!

1 comment:

  1. I'm excited to ride the Reagan mtb trails this weekend, for the first time in 10 years.
    Back then they weren't marked.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how they have changed.