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    Member Since April 2018

    Lee Furches

    Arlington County, Virginia 

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    Lee Furches completed Martha Custis Trail

    19 days ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Rock Creek Park Bike Trail

    about 1 month ago

    After all the great reviews, I was disappointed in this one for road biking. This trail is in lackluster and rough condition. There are numerous areas where tree roots have buckled the asphalt, and there is one deep depression that would wreak havoc on a road bike tire. I would recommend at least 32 mm wide tires. That puts you in hybrid territory, and one could make the argument a mountain bike would be even better. The trail is one-bike wide in several spots, and there are a few tunnels, bridges and other segments for which one needs to dismount to navigate safely. This is especially true since the trail was heavily trafficked on this Saturday. Compared to trails farther outside the city, pedestrians walk two or three wide here, and some seem to hesitate--or simply refuse--to yield. FYI, parking at the trailhead is about $2.50/hr.--if you can find a space. I guess this is a nice escape for some who live in the city, but it's not worth the trip from elsewhere.

    Lee Furches completed Rock Creek Park Bike Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Lee Furches saved Sligo Creek Trail

    3 months ago

    Lee Furches saved Mount Vernon Trail

    3 months ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Holmes Run Trail

    3 months ago

    I tried this twice, and bottom line, it's far from ideal for road biking. For starters, there are five water crossings in the first five minutes. Most are deep enough that you have to dismount to cross. Then about a mile and a half in, the trail is closed. The detour is not paved, so I had to turn around. Except for biking to/from the trailhead, both trips were a bust. I'm giving it two stars, though, because it is a pretty park.

    Lee Furches completed Holmes Run Trail

    3 months ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Washington and Old Dominion Trail: Sterling to Leesburg

    4 months ago

    This is one of my favorite sections of the W&OD Trail. Long stretches w/o stops. Pretty scenic in spots as well. You have to hit Carolina Brothers BBQ, which is right on the trail. Best pulled chicken sandwich I've ever had.

    Lee Furches reviewed Washington and Old Dominion Bridle Trail: Reston to Sunrise Valley Dr

    4 months ago

    This is one of the less well traveled segments of the W&OD trail. Good outing.

    Lee Furches reviewed Washington and Old Dominion Trail

    4 months ago

    Smaller segment of the 45-mile W&OD Trail. This is a pretty good stretch w/o too many stops. Fair amount of traffic.

    Lee Furches reviewed Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD)

    4 months ago

    I bike this all the time. Relatively level and sporadic stops in some areas, so you can build momentum and speed. Pretty well trafficked.

    Lee Furches reviewed Quantico Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    4 months ago

    Overall, this is a very good hike. I'm not sure I completely agree with the "hard" rating, as I've been on more challenging trails.There are several inclines that had me panting at the top, however, so it might be a Moderate +. I disagree with other reviewers about the views. While it is true, there are no sweeping mountain vistas, the woods make a scenery of their own. It is not overgrown, so you can see through the trees for several hundred yards in some places. Also, I saw two turtles, a lizard and three deer. I was in shade for 98%+ of the hike. Lightly used by others on this Friday afternoon. I only saw two trail runners the whole time. The trails are generally very well marked and maintained. The map in the app is not great, as there are many trails and intersections not depicted. I would have gotten lost/misdirected if it weren't for the near-continuous cell coverage. Yes, it is on a military base. Maybe there is a way to get on base w/ civilian identification, but I don't know. For reference, it took me about 3-1/2 hours to complete the 7.3 miles.

    Lee Furches reviewed North Mountain

    5 months ago

    I hiked this trail one afternoon in early June. It wasn't blazing hot, but I probably should have started out earlier. This was definitely a challenging hike. Significant segments of the trail are a series of rocks, and it's a pretty steep incline, especially toward the top. I almost gave up right before reaching the summit, because it seemed like it was never going to end. Once I reached the top, though, and scrambled up the massive boulder, it was all worth it. Beautiful views. Great outing.

    Lee Furches completed North Mountain

    5 months ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Lake Accotink Trail

    5 months ago

    This is a great park, but not for road biking. I muscled my road bike along the unpaved trails to the marina and took a look at the map. It looks like only maybe a half mile or so of the 3.8 mile loop is paved. Hardly worth noting for road bikers. I'd love to return with a mountain bike, but this trip was a wash.

    Lee Furches completed Lake Accotink Trail

    5 months ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Salem Lake Trail

    9 months ago

    Beautiful trail but somewhat mediocre for road biking. Mostly packed earth with fair number of ruts, eroded areas and washouts, so probably better for mountain bikes or hybrids. I was here in late Dec, but I bet this venue is gorgeous in the fall. I'd love to come back during that season with a different bike. The map provided at the marina is virtually worthless, so I recommend seeking out a better one online.

    Lee Furches completed Salem Lake Trail

    9 months ago

    Lee Furches reviewed Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD)

    10 months ago

    I'm a big fan of this trail for biking. It's relatively level, well maintained and not terribly trafficked. There are a few crossings, but cars tend to stop for you, even when they have the right of way.

    Lee Furches reviewed Wakefield Park Trail

    10 months ago

    I'm not sure how the AT app determines the level ratings, but this one definitely should be "Easy," not "Moderate." The terrain is mostly level with few obstacles other than a few mud puddles. Good for a walk in the woods but not "hiking." BTW, the map on AT is lackluster, bordering on useless.

    Lee Furches completed Wakefield Park Trail

    10 months ago