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The trails at West Avon Preserve, aka Wild Ridge, defy convention.
Most riders consider some trails to be climbing trails and some trails to be descending trails, and while that does hold true somewhat in this trail network (the route mapped here is the recommended direction), every single trail here is built as a flow trail.
That means that even the "climbing trails" have massive berms and incredible swoop and flow that will make you think, "I wish I was descending right now!" Overall the trails in this network are incredibly smooth and non-technical.
Aside from a handful of small rock features, these trails are buff and flowy to the max! That said, the steep grades both up and down make this trail network decidedly intermediate, although a fit rider with beginner skills could still do quite well.
For a true beginner loop, drive to the top of the mountain, park at the upper trailhead, and ride the short Backyard loop found there. The highlight of the network is the full-on flow trail descent down Lee's Way.
With massive berms and jumps, and some small drops mixed in, it's classic flow trail throughout.
Less skilled riders can choose to roll the jumps, whereas advanced riders can boost the tables (some of which are quite large) for mad air opportunities.
Lee's Way is actually quite steep in places for a flow trail, with fall away berms and steep drops leading to braking bumps.
Sustainability and trail wear aside, the combination of steeps plus berms and jumps makes for an engaging descent with some interesting surprises! Once back at the bottom, looking at your GPS and realizing you haven't even ridden 6 miles yet may just prompt you to head back up for lap 2!