This is a great ride when you’re looking to blow off some steam but don’t have a lot of time. The lake offers a swimming beach, and if you have a boat of any kind, Blue Marsh is the place to bring it. From power-boat waterskiing to still-water canoeing, this is a boater’s paradise. Weekends, though, can be a boaters nightmare—bring a canoe or kayak and paddle the quiet upper reaches of the lake. The ride leaves the lot and works its way along the east edge of the lake on flat, fast singletrack. The Robi-Bern Road bridge is about the midway mark, and by then you should be warmed up to take on the killer hill climb ahead.
Highlights: killer hill climb, sharp, sketchy, switchback descent, Roadkill Hill; Blue Marsh Lake with swimming area; fishing and powerboating; major bonus! Tread: most of the ride follows beautiful, lakeside, hardpacked clay singletrack. Short areas of grassy doubletrack, gravel road, and paved road are interspersed throughout. Typical small areas of loose stones and a slick wooden bridge round out the terrain.
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