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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2013, 06:23:56 AM »

I think knowing the difference between XX and Canal will only come with either experience or having someone show you the way.  I know XX like the back of my hand but for the life of me couldn't tell you how the canal trail should go at the easternmost intersection (the part that goes into the paved rock section).
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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2013, 01:48:52 PM »

Are there any plans for some signage on XX and Canal? Mainly where the two trails intersect it can be difficult to tell which one you are on. Today I started out on XX and must have diverted onto canal, the only way I realized was all of a sudden it seemed to get very flat.

A couple of times crossing from XX onto Canal and you'll soon know the trail.
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2013, 09:59:25 PM »

So my buddy and I rode XXe followed by XX or so we thought...then we wanted to take canal back to Willow Springs rd.  We did XXe just fine and I think we followed most of XX on the way back, however I'm not sure if we did the out and back hook that goes north on XX.  We came up to a large intersection and took a left and we came up 20 feet to a wide open gravel beach at the lake, with docks and a parking lot off in the distance on our left.  I think this is where we got lost.  We took the trail closest to the lake, still traveling along the lake and canal, but this was some rocky gravely bumpy lumpy stuff with a lot of dismouting...eventually we came up to a small connector and I saw the canal trail running parallel to the hell we were riding.  I quickly got on that and we ended up at Willow Springs rd as expected.  Does anyone know what we were riding that was right next to the lake running parallel to the canal trail?  Also, how can we spot the final XX/canal intersection and continue onto the end of XX rather than continuing along canal?  Maybe that's a dumb question, but we missed it.
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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2013, 10:09:52 PM »

The last XX/Canal criss-cross going eastbound should have you taking a left which leads to a short/steep climb.  The eastern end of XX has the hook north to a creek crossing.  If you missed these then you wound up on Canal - which is what it sounds like since you had to go up to the rocky beach of Saganashkee Slough.

The eastern entrance to XX is closer to the top of the rocky beach.

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« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2013, 10:15:31 PM »

So my buddy and I rode XXe followed by XX or so we thought...then we wanted to take canal back to Willow Springs rd.  We did XXe just fine and I think we followed most of XX on the way back, however I'm not sure if we did the out and back hook that goes north on XX.  We came up to a large intersection and took a left and we came up 20 feet to a wide open gravel beach at the lake, with docks and a parking lot off in the distance on our left.  I think this is where we got lost.  We took the trail closest to the lake, still traveling along the lake and canal, but this was some rocky gravely bumpy lumpy stuff with a lot of dismouting...eventually we came up to a small connector and I saw the canal trail running parallel to the hell we were riding.  I quickly got on that and we ended up at Willow Springs rd as expected.  Does anyone know what we were riding that was right next to the lake running parallel to the canal trail?  Also, how can we spot the final XX/canal intersection and continue onto the end of XX rather than continuing along canal?  Maybe that's a dumb question, but we missed it.


Sounds like you ride the south shore of the slough commonly called Surreal. When you first saw water there would have been a 20 foot section of trail to the right that would have taken you to canal. A left onto it and youd hit WS road   
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2015, 07:41:50 PM »

XX: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008531/xx
Canal: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008539/canal
XX Extension: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008536/xx-extension
Bloodshed: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008538/bloodshed
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