Ohio Alum Creek Mountain Bike Phase 2 -P2

Alum Creek MTB Phase 2 is the next step up on the difficult meter after the Alum Creek Phase 1 Trail. Phase 2 adds many log piles, narrow ladder-bridges and climbs. Like Phase 1, Phase 2 runs next to a portion of the reservoir and offers great scenery. 

Alum Creek Phase 2 (P2) has quickly become the most heavily ridden trail in Central Ohio. Phase 2 was originally designed for more advanced riders and features some relatively narrow bridges ("skinnies"). As a newer trail than P1, it tends to flow a little better & not have quite as many exposed roots.  Some technical sections are optional, but newer riders should be prepared for challenges including numerous bridges and logovers.

P2 is home to a few longer bridges, a banked wall turn & a signature section of elevated trail.  At ~5.5 miles, it's ridden as one continuous loop and is a shared trail with the occasional hiker or trail runner.

This loop is well marked and the fine people of COMBO (Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization).deserve the credit for a wonderful technical challenge. It is clear that some of the MTB riders in this area take their trail riding seriously. This is a narrow singletrack with technical sections throughout. Not a sleeper, since most of the track is on the side slope and the dirt is fast and loose.

This trail will typically will dry out slowly after rain. The parking lot is located across the street from the trail.

This trail is located about 3 miles north from the Alum Creek P1 -Phase 1 trail. The parking lot is located off of Africa Rd, just north of Cheshire Rd. intersection on the left side. The trail is typically ridden counter-clockwise like the Phase 1 trail. 

The trail is listed as difficult because has many technical aspects to it, many narrow bridges, log piles, tree roots and climbs. It was built and is maintained by COMBO.

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8.648 km / 5.373 mi

Total Distance

155 m / 509 ft

Total Ascent

155 m / 509 ft

Total Descent

284 m / 932 ft

Highest Point

Additional Info:

Alum Creek State Park in nearby for restrooms,  camping, swimming, kayaking, and boating.   There are near-by food stores.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 2-4 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
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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