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Mountain biking at Phillip Arnold Park

Like I wrote before, "mountain biking " does not necessary involve mountains. Cross-country cycling is the most common discipline of mountain biking and is defined by the terrain on which it is performed. XC biking trails consist of a mix of rough forest paths and singletrack, smooth fireroads, and even paved paths connecting other trails.

Phillip Arnold Park is a great example of XC singletrack. Due to technically challenging terrain and tight, twisting turns, you'll need to be "an advanced rider". The two main trails are Tapeworm and Parasite. And somebody who've been riding here for a while, will probably tell the difference between those two. I really didn't care much. But just like Lake Sawyer trails , those two trails kicked my butt !

The total length of the trails is less than 6 miles, with minimum elevation. But narrow trails, tight turns, short climbs , tangled roots, and man-made obstacles make these trails difficult to navigate for a beginner ( like me) biker.
If you are a first-time visitor, chances are - you will find yourself directionally challenged and lost in a matter of minutes. But no worries, you are never more than a few hundred yards from the park and civilization.

Another great features of these trails ? You don't have to drive for hours to "the mountains", there is no hassle to find the park, and the trails stay dry "almost " year round.

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