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Current Trail Status
|Status||When Updated||Who Updated||More Info||Help keep this info accurate by clicking the red bicycle|
|Gravity Park||open||05/17 4:40 am||djb_rh|
|Singletrack||open||05/06 3:28 pm||Logzilla|
|Overall :||4.1 / 5.0 based on 46 votes|
|Technical :||4.1 / 5.0 based on 46 votes|
|Climbing :||3.3 / 5.0 based on 46 votes|
|Freeride :||2.1 / 5.0 based on 46 votes|
|Scenery/Wildlife :||3.3 / 5.0 based on 46 votes|
|Flow :||3.5 / 5.0 based on 41 votes|
Description: A wide variety of trail terrain and features. See trail options/descriptions below for more.
Miles: about 11 miles
Skill Level: Physically fit intermediate-advanced with some expert sections. Not recommended for true beginners.
Official Park Website
Rules of the Trail
Trail Options Main trail head is located in RV campground (take chained off gravel road all the way to the top from paved upper parking lot by the lakes). Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete your ride park gates are locked exactly at closing time not at sunset so all winter till April that means 5 PM. Park shuts entrance gate ½ hour before closing time. Park has limited parking capacity and sometimes fills up during prime times. Dont get caught sneaking in the ranger doesnt play.
1. Short loop this is the first one that novice riders should try enter trail at RV campground & skip Bouldergiest and take first exit point at the bottom of Gold Rush / follow Lake Trail across headwaters bridge around to 300 lake bridge. This will give you an approximately 4 mile ride with no bail out options. Trails in this area are flowing contour trails some parts are rocky with lots of roots, some log crossings and a hand full of cool berms. Part of this trail is tight single track with some moderate climbing and is best suited for novice to advanced riders.
2. Front Half Varies from 5 to 6 miles depending on whether you ride or bypass the tech sections. Our biggest rock features live in this part of the trail system Bouldergiest / Ledges / Gauntlet / Free Fall - all have bypasses for the scared. Exit at Exit Point #2 (half way point) if you have had enough or it near closing time.
3. Second Half Jungle starts the second half at exit point 2. From the upper parking lot, take 300 bridge between upper and lower lake use extreme caution while crossing bridge and yield to fishermen & foot traffic walk if necessary. Keep going straight at the end of the bridge onto the bike trail. The second half features some of our tightest roughest single-track and our highest ridges. It is also home to our newest machine cut marvels including .3 mile Mega Jump a cross between downhill course and dirt jumps / Drop Zone / Six Pack / Lizard Lick / Dragons Tail are all new cool bermed out machine cut stuff. The old favorites are still there - Rock Nest Monster / San Lee Slick Rock / Charlies Mountain / Twin Peaks. We see a developing trend of people coming out just to ride the second half so they can focus on Mega Jump and the rest of the bermed out machine cut stuff. From the 300 bridge you are committed to ride at minimum almost 5 miles before you get to the first exit point Exit #3 but if you made it that far I would stick it out another .7 mile and ride Dragons Tail the cool new exit section.
Other Park Features Bring the whole family while you ride they can enjoy this great park. Brand new playground / plenty of picnic tables / fishing / hiking / visit the nature center with a great variety of snakes and raptures. In season they have paddle boats & kayaks plus a year round RV campground and a seasonal tent campground.
Mega Jump the new crown jewel of the parks trail system it consists of thee - one tenth mile downhill legs adding something previously missing from the trail system > Jumps really big jumps / table tops / step downs / drop offs / pump rollers / oh did I say berms very big berms. Mega Jump is so cool we built it so you can reride it as many times as you please by taking a short little connector trail back to the top. I have rated it as black diamond and it is if you big ring it up to full jumping speed but if you ride it slow you can roll it easy bike shop owners 5 year old rode it so dont be scared.
Drop Zone we rearranged a few of our plentiful boulders with the help of the powerful Kubota hydraulics to create two big drops embedded into a once plain hill side. Stay left for smaller sixer drops stay right for wheel swallowing niner drops. After completing the drops hold on for a massive S shaped berm.
Six Pack Our coolest berm section, a sweet combination of 6 berms / Us and 90s / the Gs will pin you to your bike accelerating you into a big exit jump.
Lizard Lick we replaced the straight up climb after the last big creek crossing with a deeply bench cut contour following zigzag up to the tent campground. This new section features a black diamond solid rock slab (wall) to climb. Dont fall off - below is a not so soft rocky hiking trail to land on. Non experts can stay right to take a cool but tight single track switchback to bypass the Lizard Lick slab.
Dragons Tail is located after our super tuff gravel climb near the end of the trail system. I replaced the old straight down fall line exit trail with a bermed out contour hugging big ring wonder. This section starts with a 120 long triple berm that will wow you. I wanted you to finish your ride with a giant smile as you carve slope style down through a ravine having wall to wall fun as a final reward for completing the San Lee challenge.
The Gorge I did not forget the front side tree cutters on boarding property forced us to redesign launch pad and front side flow to fix some property line miscalculations. What looked to be a disaster turned into a blessing! The massive ravine bordering Bouldergiest now is home to one very sweet hand built, deep cut bench forming a narrow single-track trail zigzagging up the side of the gorge ravine way cool. George / Steven / John and the Storm Racing team hand carved this baby right out of the ravine side wall. Oh it starts with a new rock strewn creek crossing.Park Hours
Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
San-Lee Park is Closed:
New Years Day Friday, January 1, 2010
Thanksgiving -- Thursday & Friday, November 25th, & 26th, 2010
Christmas Friday, & Saturday, December 24th & 25th Sunday& Monday December 26th, & 27th, 2010
San Lee Park is located in Sandord on the east side of town very close to the US-421 bypass
Take 421 South into Sanford.
Exit onto the new Sanford bypass hwy Southeast (exit #70.)
After ~4 miles, exit on Kelly Rd, turn left.
1 mile later, Kelly Rd T intersects with Pumping Station Road.
Turn right. Sanlee park is 1/2 miles on the right side of the road.
Turn into San Lee Park. Go to the top of the hill to park.
The ride starts up the gravel road from this parking area.
Night riding is not allowed here except for organized group rides.
Rules of the Trail
Rules, guidelines, and definitions for our TriangleMTB.com trail reviews
|San Lee is the best of the best in Central North Carolina. Don and the others who take care of this trail system should be incredibly proud of themselves. The singletrack has it all. Fast, flowy, slow and technical, rocky, climbing, downhill. Everything. And it is all well mapped and signed. The most technical sections have clearly marked bypasses. There is an entire gravity park section of downhill jumps and berms. A skill section. A bmx jump section. A pump track. Everything here is top notch and the trails in Raleigh should really take notice of how to do it right!|
|The ropes course needs a little update I nearly died on that trapeze.|
I went to this trail for the first time on Sunday. With the rain, we had the trail was pretty moist. It made going over some of the roots dicey. Everyone almost crashed at least once. My only experience has been riding the trails around Raleigh and San Lee is about 5 times harder than Harris or Crabtree. You can never relax and you alway have to be on your toes. You don't want to crash on these trails because they are full of rocks and stumps. Some of the rocks are huge and be prepared for your pedals to scrape and hit at least a few times. I'm not an expert rider so I found the trial to be very technical is certain sections. Especially the gauntlet. Many of the switchbacks are very tight and you almost have not momentum to exit the turn. I've heard New Light is just as hard and amazingly somehow has more rocks. I can't say how much wildlife you'd see on this trail. We did come across a turtle and a copperhead. Here is a movie I took of our ride.
An awesome well kept trail. There's about 11 miles of singletrack that ends in a mini-gravity section with a couple little downhill style trails with tabletops and berms. The singletrack starts easier and gets more difficult the further into the trail you go. However, there are a few cut outs along the way where you can bail back to the trail head.
The only problem is that the forest is filled with spiders that build webs across the trails. You don't want to be the first person of the day to ride the trails, otherwise you're running into webs every 30 feet. I rode there first thing in the morning and must have pulled at least 20 spiders off me during the ride, one of which was a black widow.
|A great trail system for experienced mountain bikers in the Triangle. IMO one the best options without driving to the mountains. There are plenty of technical sections (almost all can be bypassed). Lots of rock gardens, berms and jumps. Trial builder is constantly making improvements and does a good job posting trail status updates on the San Lee Park Mountain bike trail Facebook page.|
|No detailed review given.|
|I really dig this place. As a MI native who move to the Raleigh area ~2 months ago I have to say this place is the bomb. I've been riding a lot and have put in miles at most of the places around here and I think this would be my #1 choice. Definitely a great ride. Lots of good technical terrain for sure with some real fun jumps & berms.|
|This is my home town trail so I'm a little biased. It has a great amount of variety and the trail boss has done a fantastic job over the last 2 years to really improve the overall features. I am by no means an expert rider but as an old BMXr I do enjoy the berm/jump components that have been built. I encourage those who haven't experienced San Lee to make the short drive from the Triangle and experience what we have to offer in Lee County. You won't be disappointed!|
Rode this trail a few years ago and was like, Ehh its a trail. But in the last couple of years I am really impressed with the overall construction and rerouting to really make this a great flowing trail. be careful not to wreck in the rock gardens, a lot of poison ivy on the sides. Really looking forward to the 2nd mega jump line completion. I usually run the jump lines a couple of times before I continue on. mind you these are in line single track jumps, so they are all table top or have slight dips in the middle. Not full on "free-ride" as of yet. (I didn't see a chairlift) I would love to see a huge drop to transition, and a hip jump, but that is up to the trail builders. Whom by the way have done a great job with the trail. Every thing on the trail can be ridden on a hard tail bike, so don't assume you need a big bike to ride the trail and then get there and complain about how much your pile weighs going up hill.
Best trail in the area right now.