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    BottomBraket
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    see also: http://www.more-mtb.org/event/discovery-ride-5-little-bennett/
    Here’s the exact address for the Soper’s Trailhead and google map.
    24615 Frederick Rd, Clarksburg, MD
    https://goo.gl/maps/RDY4hJUxV4m

    Like many of these rides, the destination is a familiar name. But if your opinions are formed from a visit in year’s past or by passing through on the MoCo Epic, you don’t know what you’re missing at Little Bennett!

    MoCo Parks in partnership with Trail Conservancy have renovated trails throughout the park (still working too – this ride plans to take advantage of a new bridge). Much like Black Hill with the new 10 Mile Creek Trail, Little Bennett circa 2017 is definitely an alternative to Schaeffer.
    We’ll meet at 10 AM at the Soper’s Branch Trailhead at 24615 Frederick Road (MD-355) in Clarksburg.
    The ride itself will continue the Discovery model of multiple groups with a range of pace/distance. One of the leaders for this one is Trail Conservancy boss Austin Steo, so you are sure to get the full deluxe tour.
    The trails? I’d say a half-step up from Schaeffer and Black Hill – a wee bit more climbing and even the occasional rock.
    The après ride destination is Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe at 1896 Urbana Pike in Clarksburg.

    #718898

    BottomBraket
    Participant

    UPDATE! Here are the planned routes: 10, 14, 18, and 21 mile rides.

    The Definitive Little Bennett

    Little Bennett Sopers Start 10 Miles
    Start at Sopers Branch Trailhead
    10.3 miles +783 feet of climbing
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26436614

    Little Bennett Sopers Start 14 Miles
    Start at Sopers Branch Trailhead
    14.2 miles +1121 feet of climbing
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26429070

    Little Bennett Sopers Start 18 Miles
    Start at Sopers Branch Trailhead
    17.6 miles +1364 feet of climbing
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26427838

    Little Bennett Sopers Start 21 Miles
    Start at Sopers Branch Trailhead
    20.4 miles +1585 feet of climbing
    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26436143

    #720037

    Lyle Johnson
    Participant

    Great route, overall!

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