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Overall :   4.3 / 5.0   based on 16 votes
Technical :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 16 votes
Climbing :   1.5 / 5.0   based on 16 votes
Freeride :   1.6 / 5.0   based on 16 votes
Scenery/Wildlife :   3.9 / 5.0   based on 16 votes
Flow :   4.3 / 5.0   based on 16 votes



Brumley Forest trail has been reviewed 16 times by our trianglemtb.com guests.

Reviewed by:strobl
Reviewed on:09/14/2017
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Brumley is probably my second favorite Triangle system, behind Briar Chapel. Because it's a bit of a trip from Raleigh, it offers a nice change of pace and (sometimes) fewer riders than Crabtree or Harris, though it can get crowded in good conditions.

There are three main loops here- a warm-up trail that goes left or right out of the parking lot and leads to an intermediate section that then connects to the Buckeye Loop at the back.

The climbing here isn't steep or punchy, but there is a fair amount of it. Compared to Crabtree or Harris, which will get you in the low-to-mid 400s in elevation gain, a similar distance ride at Brumley gets you into the mid 500s; I've had 7 miles and 579 feet here on Strava versus 7 miles and 422 at Harris, for example.

The tilt of the track requires attention and a bit of skill, but the toughest things at Brumley are the rocky sections on the Springhouse Loop and the jumps and mounds on the Buckeye Loop. The rocky sections can be tricky, especially when wet. There's a lot of loose material and the sight lines are difficult enough to force you to focus. The Buckeye Loop has some deep dips and you'll want to get out of the saddle to avoid the ejector seat treatment.

Overall, the system is fast and flowy, and really pretty to ride.
Reviewed by:advcyclist
Reviewed on:08/08/2017
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Brumley is the Autobahn of local singletrack. Everything connects well... (once you understand their signage), and you can easily stay out to do multiple loops without having to circle back to the parking lot.

There's not a lot of elevation, but where there are some short climbs, there is usually a section leading into it that will allow you to carry momentum through... if you have the technical chops. Many of these are in off-camber sections that will push you to improve your handling skills; IOW, the trail leading into the climb might hug the profile of a curved hill, but the trail surface tends to be directed downhill, rather than up. This downward angle, when hit at speed, will upset the bike's stability and cause you to move the bike around to keep it on the ride line to maintain your speed/pace.

The rock gardens here are chunky and full of scree... hit them wrong and your ront tire can be re-directed to a point not on the trail. Be mindful of loose rocks, and hitting them fast.

The fun sections on the orange outer loop are a blast. They reward good line choice, carrying momentum, and pumping the bars to ride it like a BMX track. There are some errant roots and rocks out there, so watch your speed and line, as the bike can get loose really quickly if you aren't paying close attention.

There is a little something for everyone in Brumley. It's a perfect destination for skills-improvement or honing a little speed to a razor's edge. The trails reward good line choice, but will punish you for taking your eye off the trail when you slide out of the single track in a loose turn.

Air pressure is key on that hard-packed clay out in the forest... that stuff is like chunky concrete when dry and hardened. It will bounce a HT bike all over the place if you're pressures are too high.
Reviewed by:DoubleAz0r
Reviewed on:08/07/2017
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This is a gem of a trail. Not very technical (though enough to keep your interest), not many jumps, etc. The trail flows forever, with long fun and fast downhill sections followed by short, punchy climbs before getting right back into the action. I can't wait to go back.
Reviewed by:edoiron
Reviewed on:07/19/2017
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A fast, easy trail with amazing flow.
Reviewed by:fredder
Reviewed on:07/18/2017
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The faster you go the more fun it gets. Try to ride it in the blistering heat or between 5pm and 7pm to avoid the hikers.

Greasy rocks and roots from the morning dew will try to buck you into the woods if you're not careful, but that's part of the fun, right?

Thank you for this great resource, TLC!
Reviewed by:Jarz
Reviewed on:07/16/2017
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Fast, float, and fun!
Reviewed by:Birdman
Reviewed on:07/06/2017
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I was lucky enough to ride this trail on July 4th, so it was not crowded at all. Great trail overall, well planned and executed, with good sightlines through the turns. Excellent flow, nice technical sections connected with wide groomed trails for the most part. I generally like narrower trails, but I understand it gets very busy after work and weekends, so a wide trail is a good thing for heavier traffic. Not a lot of climbing, but the trailbuilders made the most of the terrain and created a real gem for MTBers in the Hillsborough area. I live only 7 miles away, so I hope to be hitting this trail often. Basically a fun-to-ride trail that is not intimidating to newer riders, yet is still fun to ride fast for experienced MTBers. Bravo TLC!
Reviewed by:TheLastAidStation
Reviewed on:06/20/2017
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Very flat and fast with some flowy roller coaster stuff in the middle of the Brumley Loop. Super wide and for the most part hard pack. There are a couple rocky areas, but not technical in the least. Great use of the terrain by the trail builders to make it interesting. It should be noted that there are not bathroom facilities or water on site so make sure you are prepared. The big loop can be ridden in under 45 minutes which is perfect for a water bottle refill if you brought extras. It does get crowded with other trail users and a heavy population of mountain bikers from mid morning to later afternoon on weekends and most evenings on week days.
Reviewed by:murr
Reviewed on:06/06/2017
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Best trail in the triangle. A little confusing at first, trying to find the other trails. Seems like the only way to get to the other trails is to start on the blue loop, about halfway through you can exit onto either the yellow or orange, and that's where the fun begins. Fast and flowy mixed with enough technical sections to keep it interesting. This is my favorite new place to ride. We need more like it!
Reviewed by:Red
Reviewed on:05/20/2017
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Fast, easy trail. Glad we have another option in the Triangle. If you want fast hard packed flowy fun, this is for you. If you are looking for a technical advanced option, find a different Trail. Thanks again though for continuing to make the Triangle a great place to ride MTB.
Reviewed by:Doughnutz
Reviewed on:05/07/2017
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The Brumley trails are very nice. Expect lots of people, especially walkers, joggers, etc. Everything is very mild with very little in respect to typical Triangle technical features, in regards to logs, rock piles, climbs covered in roots, etc. A couple of the ravine dips are very square in the bottom, and caught me off guard with how harsh and abrupt they were with little to no transition from bottom to exit. They probably feel very different running the opposite direction. Hopefully these smooth out with age. Just enough high speed off cambers to keep you awake and alert. Well worth the drive from other parts of the Triangle.
Reviewed by:Koontzicle
Reviewed on:05/06/2017
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Best flow in RTP. Love the planning and design of the trail. Well worth the ride out from Morrisville. Some mild climbs, small jumps and a lot of fun. Will be going back.
Reviewed by:David H
Reviewed on:05/03/2017
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Not too technical. One end of Springhouse Loop has some rocky sections that might be hard for a beginner. Same area has some off camber turns that if you come in too hot, you will blow out the turn. In general the trails are not very technical.

There are gradual climbs but nothing very steep. One end of Springhouse Loop has some moderate climbs.

No freeriding. Some very cross country friendly jumps.

Scenery is beautiful. A very nice nature preserve that you definitely feel 'away' from the world. Have seen wild turkey a number of times while being out there.

Lots and lots of flow. This trail offers West Triangle a very nice addition of flow in comparison to other local trails. Briar Chapel has some pieces of flow but Brumley was a much needed and thankful flow trail to have.
Reviewed by:MarkMTB
Reviewed on:05/02/2017
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A nice, smooth trail that can let you keep up a good cadence without needing to navigate anything too technical. Springhouse has a few rocky areas to keep you on your toes when you are carrying speed. Buckeye is like a smooth roller coaster; another good section to carry nice speed on, except when the clay is a bit wet and gets tacky.

Given the speed some folks can carry through these trails and the fact that the trails are bidirectional, keep your eyes open for oncoming riders and hikers!
Reviewed by:Nash04
Reviewed on:05/02/2017
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Rode only Springhouse on Sunday which was pretty nice as long you avoided the hikers and bikers that think they're on a race track. Great workout especially dealing with the climbs which are not long but steep enough to make you use your tall gears which I haven't use in a long time. It basically reminded me on some trails that I ride up in Canada when I go on vacation.
One suggestion would be to put more markers for the parking direction, had a few people asking for direction and I was lucky enough to print out the map. The only one that I saw was near the bridge where it connects to the Wood Duck way.

Good workout.
Reviewed by:woodchip
Reviewed on:05/02/2017
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Rode on grand opening day (in the intermediate group ride). While I did not find it technically challenging, there's lots of flow, and that equals lots of fun!

There's some rocky sections to navigate, but it's fairly tame... and so are the climbs (because there's virtually zero to speak of) so I think beginners should have no problems.

I went again one week later, and it was a bit damp. The red clay portions made for some slow going as my tires were sinking into the clay. As such, I prefer riding this trail when it's dry (and fast).

All in all, there's a few little jumps, some whoops, and some nice scenery, but it's really all about the flow!

Oh, watch out for 2way traffic that also includes hikers!

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