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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||closed||08/07 7:36 am||jkeck|
|Singletrack||open||08/09 8:30 am||Wayne|
|Overall :||4.1 / 5.0 based on 53 votes|
|Technical :||4.2 / 5.0 based on 53 votes|
|Climbing :||3.4 / 5.0 based on 53 votes|
|Freeride :||2.3 / 5.0 based on 53 votes|
|Scenery/Wildlife :||3.3 / 5.0 based on 53 votes|
|Flow :||3.6 / 5.0 based on 48 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 ˝ hour before closing time. Park has limited parking capacity and sometimes fills up during prime times. Don’t get caught sneaking in the ranger doesn’t 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 / Charlie’s 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 don’t 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 / U’s and 90’s / the G’s 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. Don’t 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 Year’s 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
|Great set of legit trails. Plenty of technical climbing and decending with a few flowy links to keep the smiles up. There's not a lot of bail out, so plan your risk accordingly. The trails are well marked 'DANGER DROP' and such so pay attention. Well worth your time.|
|No detailed review given.|
|Overall, my new â€ślocalâ€ť favorite (sampled ~75% of Tâ€™MTB list plus a few bandits). Greatest volume of rock gardens and jump line content I know of. Seems very water-resistant (or maintained to appear so). While some of the features were not beginner friendly, they tended to be well marked alternate routes. Not so â€śnaturally beautifulâ€ť as New Light, but that also means it is â€śunnaturally funâ€ť and contrived to spend your elevation wisely and pack in extra mileage. I donâ€™t understand how it scores low on â€śfreerideâ€ť with so much hang time? It is pretty much one-way with one main loop, so unlike Crabtree, you canâ€™t invent 100 different routes, and therefore you can also spend your time riding instead of planning/navigating 100 potential routes. I did miss one turn where the sign said â€śXC Raceâ€ť, but generally I appreciated clear arrows for where you â€śshouldâ€ť go. Thank you trail builders!|
|the Single track is getting even better I really recommend if you looking for a nice place to ride San lee it is,you wonâ€™t be disappointed...|
|You won't find anything better than this in the area. well maintained, challenging, lots of different features. Not a trail for beginners.|
|Love this trail. Easily the best I've ridden in the area. And it keeps getting better. Not sure I'll ever ride the Gauntlet without dabbing at least once, Bouldergeist has introduced me to the creek below it on more than one occasion, and FreeFall is well named, but I love the challenges this trail presents. In between the technical stretches are some areas with really good flow. The Gravity Park is amazing as well. Not for beginners, but an ambitious intermediate can have a great time here. No huge climbs if you're into heaving up a lung, but to me that is a good thing.|
|Wow! Pics and videos online don't do justice to how technical this trail really is. Just wow -|
|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.