Ohio Alum Creek Mountain Bike Phase 1 -P1

Located just 30 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio, Alum Creek MTB Phase 1 Trail is great cross-country singletrack

The granddaddy of Central Ohio mountain biking, Phase 1, P1 for short, is Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization COMBO's first trail. P1 was built in the early 1990s and is still a favorite for Central Ohio riders. This 5.5-mile trail is designated as a beginner/intermediate trail. There are plenty of roots, bridges, and an optional creek crossing to keep the ride interesting. P1 is considered by many to be the most technically demanding trail in central Ohio solely because of the roots.  Bridges are relatively low & wide (compared to P2) but the roots are non-stop!

This trail is particularly impacted by wet weather due its heavy usage and soil composition, so please give the trail a couple days to dry out after rain. The normal riding direction on the trail is counterclockwise. Be sure to check COMBO's trail conditions updates before heading out to use the trail.

There are restrooms and water at the nearby Alum Creek State Park.  Plus there is camping, hiking, disc golf, and kayaking nearby.  There is plenty of eating places within 10 - 20 minutes.

  • The trail typically needs a few days after raining to dry out. The Alum Creek Phase 2 Trail will typically dry out much faster than this trail so Phase 2 is always an alternative.

  • Note:  Alum Creek MTB trail Phase 2 - P2 is 3 miles north off of Africa Road at Cheshire Road.

    5.4 Miles









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    8.587 km / 5.336 mi

    Total Distance

    194 m / 637 ft

    Total Ascent

    194 m / 637 ft

    Total Descent

    283 m / 930 ft

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    Also, there is a Beginner Loop

    There is also a 1.7 mile beginner trail across the street from the P1 parking lot. The trail is a lollipop (an out-and-back with a loop on the end) and the loop is ridden clockwise.

    Like all riding in Central Ohio and especially at the Alum Creek trails, expect to encounter rocks, roots, bridges and mud.  So what makes this a 'Beginner' trail?  Well... it's short.  It's a great introduction to single-track mountain biking for beginners and also serves as an excellent warm-up before tackling the full P1 loop.

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Rail Trail
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    MTB Segment: various
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
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    Bike hire
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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