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New trails at Blue Clay

(updated: Sep 14, 2008)

I finally got out today to ride Blue Clay and GPS the trails. Much rain last week prevented me from riding at all and I was dying to get in a few laps. After we added the beginner loop the week before I wanted to see what it actually looked like on a map.

I will tell you that I fell pretty hard today and cut myself up from my leg to my side and elbow. I was riding the log and at the very end when you have to make the turn to ride off down the logs, I lost it. It was just a smidge moist and I slipped right off.

Some things to note...

The beginner loop follows the existing loop until crossing the bridge furthest away from the parking lot on the Juvenile side. Then it makes a right just before the berm crossing. Currently we have routed all traffic onto the new trail to help pack it down, which seems to be going well so far. It used to take months to pack down a trail. Now with all the riders it seems it will happen in a matter of weeks, after such time we will open up the berm again. Note that you can get back to the existing trail from the beginner loop by making a sharp left (see Intermediate Loop on map below). This brings you right back just after the berm. I noticed this connector hadn't been ridden as much.

The beginner trail will also bypass the current entrance from the powerlines because that berm/bridge combo is a little tough for beginners. We are going to build a bridge right before the ditch crossing. I already reflected this on the new map even though it's not been built yet.

On the Advanced side (hilly side) it looks like the trails cross on the map. They do not. The trails are simply close enough to be within the margin of error of the GPS so that happens from time to time.

The beginner trail gives you some options if you want a little extra mileage on your lap.

Signs will be coming soon...

Finally not the location of the pump track right off the parking area. We will be working on this soon.

Maps were created with Google Earth and Photoshop.

Updated Blue Clay Map
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Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington

Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
GPS eXchange (GPX) file. For uploading to your GPS.


1. Reno said...

(dupe from forum thread due to premature postification)
I understand why the intermediate trail is blocked and I think that has worked well, the new trail is looking great and I am already talking to beginners about it. But what about before the bridge? is that new cut out leading down to the bridge going to be the main trail or will the intermediate loop still go slightly to the right? (past the red tape?). One of the guys last weekend had a pounding tool that would work great on that cut through as it still feels really soft and will absorb a lot of water.

Also, what about taking the intermediate loop over that hill and then run the new beginner section counter clockwise? You'd have to take a hard right and up when you got back around but it would add a 1/4 mile or so to the race course.

How much longer does that 4x4 stay up?

BTW, I was out there late this afternoon and I don't think the trail has ever been this fast. Really awesome and the recent trail work has a lot to do with it. But the signage can't come soon enough, I saw 3 groups of beginners that had a "we're lost" look on their face. But at least it was a "we're lost" with a smile!

Sep 14, 2008 @ 8:41 PM

2. SBA said...

Before the bridge the intermediate trail will go the same way as before. The new cut out is for beginners that have trouble getting over the berms. Tape is there temporarily just so people ride the new part and get it good and packed down.

I thought about running it counterclockwise but again the problem is beginners and berms (or hills, humps or whoops or whatever you want to call them). When we do the group rides we can run it backwards if nobody else is on the trail.

Sep 14, 2008 @ 9:30 PM

3. Jeff said...

Are the trails still marked the same as last week? I was out there Monday for my first ever ride @ BC and had a blast. I am going back this afternoon and was wondering about the trails on the Juvenile Side. Last week I took the "outer loop" that was marked as a beginner trail (it says "bridge to bypass inner loop" on the map). This week I wanted to try the inner loop and was wondering if the signs were still there to direct me.

Sep 15, 2008 @ 7:50 AM

4. Dirty said...

I was out there today and was kind of confused by the lack of signage. I didn't read this before I went out, and I'm sure a lot of people don't get the chance to read before riding. I missed a good half a mile I think because of that and ended riding part of the juvie side twice. Now I know I'm somewhat directionally challenged, but I don't think I'm the only one, especially if there are going to be a bunch of beginners out there.
The trails however, are great. Nice work and thanks.

Sep 15, 2008 @ 1:22 PM

5. Billy said...

i cant wailt to get out there and ride

Sep 15, 2008 @ 1:48 PM

6. Sir Peanuts said...

Signs will be coming, it will all be fine!

Sep 15, 2008 @ 3:17 PM

7. bvvb said...

i like ham

Sep 15, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

8. sirtoots said...

Signs are the way by wed, This past sunday lone boulder
myself and jeezer by the way jeezer donated all the trail
signs got together and went over placement and dug all the posts. Southernsigns is making up the signs for post next to the kiosk which will try to further explain the trail
rules even more.

Sep 15, 2008 @ 7:50 PM

9. Reno said...

Jeff, I would think they would keep the sign pointing out the inner loop or at least update it and once you are on it you are good to go all the way until you get back to the bridge. I love the inner loop, that bypass is boring!


Sep 15, 2008 @ 9:04 PM

10. Jeff said...

Thanks, Reno. I was able to find my way around without any problems yesterday. I was able to check out that inner loop and had a great time. Some of this trail is a little challenging for my skill level but I'm loving it! I want to thank everyone who has put forth the effort to build this park. You have done a great job and the things that are planned for the future look wonderful.

Sep 16, 2008 @ 6:55 AM

11. Jonathan. said...

new trail looks great for begginers. But what I'm really excited about is the pump track! Great work you guys!

Sep 17, 2008 @ 5:11 AM

12. madmonk said...

Hey Steve,
Sorry it took so long but I finally got out this morning and nailed those shingles to the 2 raised bridges on the beginner section. I tried to use them sparingly in case you needed shingles for other things.

Sep 17, 2008 @ 8:19 AM

13. sirtoots said...

thanks madmonk going to ride it tomorrow aftr we put up the trail signs

Sep 17, 2008 @ 9:21 PM

14. blueo8 said...

Me likey. I am rather novice but tonight after taking the beginner trail, I found myself wanting to do it again after I finished the complete trail. I always take the intermediate section and feel like my heart is going to leap out of my chest, and my arms ain't gonna do a thing to try and stop it when I ride, but the little break that I got from the beginner trail gave me a chance to catch my breath and by the time I finished, I went around AGAIN! I had my best ride evar! The beginner trail is great to catch your breath, enjoy some smooth riding, and cool down for a minute after the whole trail. Excellent work. :)

Sep 19, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

15. Brian said...

What time do the trails open/close? Are they open 7 days per week? Do the trails close due to wet weather? Anything else I should know before heading down there from Raleigh?


Sep 22, 2008 @ 7:27 PM

16. SBA said...

Check the site for trail closure due to rain - top right corner where it says Blue Clay status. Otherwise it's open 7 days a week and for night riding. Looks like rain later this week however.

Sep 22, 2008 @ 8:22 PM

17. Brian said...


Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll see you there some weekend, we spend a lot of time in Surf City throughout the year, and I always bring my bike, but never manage to make it off the island.

Thanks again,

Sep 23, 2008 @ 5:32 PM


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