1. ODSC rides are planned with specific Covid-19 restrictions
  1. OldRed

    OldRed ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I'll be heading to WV mid next week with my 10 yr old son for a week with no plans except lots of trail riding. Any areas that are a must or definitely avoid?
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    Randy_K Limited User

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    The GPS maps from VWmaping are worth the money.

    pineal Creek is the easiest of the areas.

    Buffalo mountain is my favorite.

    Browning fork is very rocky and slick in the rain.

    Search on here and you will find several ride reports.

    Oh if you are interested in seeing some of the trails follow my youtube link. I have photos of three trips on video.

    Randy
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    With your son involved, keep an eye out for quads.
    They are plentiful and most trails are 2 way traffic.
    Single track trails are limited and would be very difficult for a 10 yr old.
    Trails are well signed with difficulty ratings, so you should be able to figure out what is doable for the both of you.
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    SteveP Ride Organizer

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    Pinnacle creek would be the easiest as Randy said. having said that, when we were there, the medevac had to come in to get some kid that went over the bars into a tree in about third gear. Not good. so take it easy and as Allan said, watch for quads. You guys will have a blast, it's beautiful down there.
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    OldRed ODSC-OFTR Member

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    thanks for the feedback. we are off tomorrow am. will check out Pinnacle creek first and watch for quads.
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    OldRed ODSC-OFTR Member

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    we made it down and back in one piece and were impressed with the scale on which these trails are being promoted. Pinnacle Creek seemed wider and more open than the others and easier to ride. we picked the week with mid day temperatures of 90 - 93 deg F. However most days had torrential rain fall for an hour that created small rivers running down the trails and a sea of mud on loose slippery rock. I'm not sure what the right tire choice would be but i had lots of wheelspin wiht the dunlop D908RR's.

    There was lots of blind up/down/around that required some momentum to keep going and a couple of times there was a side by side ULT unexpectedly coming head on with limited room. Washrooms at the trailheads were spotlessly clean and the attendants were very engaging. However they may have been a bit bored as I dont think we saw more than 4 vehicles in the parking areas at any of the locations. However all the motorcyclists were friendly and from as far as Florida and California. apparently trail use is growing and last year they sold 230,000 trail permits last year. A couple of people said that more land is being acquired to link up the trails in Kentucky and Virginia into a 1200 mile long network.

    The highpoint of the trip for Andrew was driving on public roads into the ATV friendly towns for lunch at 10 yrs old with no license. At one point we had to stop on a steep hill in a switchback for an SUV rollover while police, amublance and fire responded and nobody said anything when we went by.

    probably the low point was the trip to Indian Ridge. very remote, poorly signed and definitely on the wrong side of the tracks. For reasons unknown the locals in the closest town stopped listening to their gangsta rap in front of the discount liquor store to chase our car / trailer down the main street on their off road quads without helmets (or shirts/pants/gloves) to demonstrate how to tail gate and pass on double solid lines around corners on the main street. We didnt even unload the bikes as i was worried about our safety (and i thought i had torn the exhaust /fuel lines off the bottom of the car getting there).


    We loved the mountains and generated some great memories.