Chandler Park offers some great mountain biking (our favorite in the area), this trail should be on your must ride list. Riding in the area continues to expand, the back side of Chandler now has some Freeride/Downhill type trail. It seems that some people love the trail and others don't care for it at all. Our take is that you should give it a try, there is a lot of diverse terrain, some technical parts that will get your heart pumping and some doubletrack that is fairly beginner friendly, beginners will likely be off their bikes too much to make it enjoyable, but those willing to push themselves should be able to have some fun.
I've been to the west end of Chandler Park a couple of times searching for this trailhead, and either it's not marked or nonexistent. I was surprised to find no visible trailhead, no tire tracks, or anything that would indicate a trail at all. What I DID find there was just an abandoned, overgrown asphalt road which leads down to a dirt clearing without any marked trails visible. The area looks to have been once used by motorcycles. Bummer.
Finally found the trailhead. Just off the asphalt road leading in, there are some dilapidated, old, wooden features that are close to collapsing. A bit further, there is a maze of 4wd roads that offer little to a cyclist other than confusion and mud. There is no signage, and no logical flow. Dissapointing.
I first started riding Mtbs. at Chandler Park area around 1987-88. It has changed drastically since. The first change was the mining of clay to cap an old rock quarry that had been used as an industrial waste pit, and was deemed toxic enough to make the superfund list. This created two large open areas in a previously unspoiled forrest. The real change came with the popularity of the area for Jeeps and 4WD trucks. The area has always been acessable with a old road bed from 41st street going all the way to Avery Drive, bisected by a powerline. There was a motocross track near the clifs at Avery,so I guess most of the single track was made by motorcycles. There were miles of great singletrack trails, with a mix of Jeep track on the powerline and the old road bed. As more and more Jeepers started using the area it would become rutted and impassable. They would solve this by moving the trail 10 feet over and using the new one till it was muddy and rutted and impassable, and then repeat the process. It is sad to see what were once cool trails, now 50 yards wide completely rutted out. I went back there last weekend because Turkey Mtn is overrun with dogwalkers and hikers on Sunday. I was able to ride a long challanging loop but it was nearly all Jeep roads. Some of the single track still exists but it is rare. It is very rocky with long clibs and descents. Not exactly senic riding, but fitness wise , it was alright. It gets muddy after a rain and the soil doesn't drain well. Alot of the ruts hold water year around. If you dont know the area check out a satelite map before you start and use the powerlines to get out if you get lost. You wont find any marked trails there, you are on your own. You can find ridable trails for beginners or impossible ones for advanced riders. I like to yse the trailhead at Chandler. Go to the last ball field and hop the white gate. It makes for a good loop. I also use the trail head where the powerline crosses Avery Drive,almost at Hwy 97. Alot of people use the poop plant on Averey drive From there you can take the trail, that parallels the creek, to the powerline. Good luck!
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