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Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail’s proximity to Columbia and accessibility from three major interstates adds to its popularity. The sandy singletrack was built on a terraced area of the park, and you can ride fast on this gentle roller coaster without fear of encountering many technical difficulties. The loop has been used for races to raise money for the American Lung Association, and Cycle Center has sponsored a few small events. Due to the sandy tread, Sesqui is better after heavy rain than the neighboring Harbison State Forest. I had a good ride early one morning after a downpour. The trail starts at the park’s fitness circuit, so begin your workout with a few pull-ups or dips on the apparatus. Finish off your ride with a swim in the lake, located 0.3 mile from the trailhead at the end of the park road. Tread: Sandy singletrack with 2 miles on a hard-packed sandy road."
--Nicole Blouin, Mountain Biking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
This trail is very sandy on both the singletrack and the fire roads making it difficult to control, especially around turns. It has one moderate short climb with waterbars that can be tricky. Trail is better after a good rain when the sand is not as loose. Not as well marked as some trails. Look for the blue paint on the trees to find your way.
If your stuck in Cola, go to Harbison. I think the local bike shop has time trials here, but I'm not sure. There is potential for more trails here, so talk to the state park rangers.
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