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Sea Otter Classic Enduro Course 2014

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Rank: #5 in the 2014 Sea Otter Classic area
#106 in California
#822 Overall
Featured Ride near Monterey,  area, 
“Starts with the Sea Otter Downhill and then samples of the best Fort Ord Descents.”
Darius Rike on Feb 24, 2014
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17.1 Miles 2,010’ Ascent 922’ High 5.3% Avg Grade
50% Singletrack -2,793’ Descent 106’ Low 14.1% Max Grade
Restrictions
Note: The Sea Otter Downhill course segment is only available to ride during the Sea Otter Classic.

Fort Ord National Monument trails are closed from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
Overview
The Sea Otter Enduro 2014 course starts with a relatively short fast and furious descent following the Sea Otter Downhill course. It then moves on to a longer descent with a little climbing along the Lookout Ridge road followed by a fun flowing singletrack descent of trail 50 and a mad dash on pavement to the end of the segment. The final segment, even longer, starts again at the top of Lookout Ridge Road but this time heads down Skyline to Three Sisters Road to Trail 41 and ends the segment and the course on the fun singletrack descent of Trail 41 known as "Lower Goat" trail.
Need To Know
Portions of the ride are on roads that may have automobile traffic. Watch for cars. If pre-riding sections of this course please be aware of possible up hill traffic on the descents.
Description
SRAM Enduro hosted by Lapierre.

Segment One starts at the top of the Sea Otter Downhill course.
The downhill course is approximately one mile long and consists of a great mix of jumps, turns, pedaling sections, hi-rev speed traps, and a challenge or two on the way down!

At the bottom of the downhill course you'll take a right onto B road and ride over to A road and climb up the steep road to Laguna Seca. At the top turn right onto South Perimeter Road and ride toward the dual slalom course. Just before the dual slalom turn right up the paved path adjacent to the course and follow it up and over to the LSRA foot bridge. Turn right and cross the footbridge and head down the paved path and out the gate onto Pilarcitos Canyon Road. Head down Pilarcitos Canyon Road and after about 100 yards turn left and follow the road up to the top of Lookout Ridge Road for the start of Segment Two.

Segment Two is close to 3.5 miles and starts at the top of Lookout Ridge Road and heads down the ridge to Trail 50 onto Jacks Road and finishes at the bottom of Mudhen lake at the intersection of Crescent Bluff and Jacks Road. It starts with a fast descent on the wide rutted road followed by about three hundred yards of climbing and then descends again down the road (watch for loose gravel). About 1.5 miles into the segment you'll bear left onto Trail 50(watch for the hard right graveled turn as you enter the trail). Once you are on Trail 50 you'll face a nicely flowing singletrack that descends for almost another 1.5 miles until you reach Jacks road (watch for loose sand in the turns). At the pavement (Jacks Road) turn right and pedal fast about half a mile to the end of the segment at the intersection of Crescent Bluff Road and Jacks Road.

At the end of Segment two you'll continue on Jacks Road and climb up and over the ridge until at the bottom you turn right on Pilarcitos Canyon Road (the Grind). Head up Pilarcitos Canyon Road about three miles until you can take the right turn back up to the top of Lookout Ridge Road for the start of Segment Three (yep, same place as you started Segment Two).

Segment Three is around 5 miles and also starts at the top of Lookout Ridge Road. Head down the way you came back to Pilarcitos Canyon Road and take a right. Just before the gate back into the raceway turn left onto Skyline Road. Head down Skyline Rd (sorry another small climb) past Trail 47, past Guidatto Road until at about two miles into the segment it turns into Oil Well Road(stay right). Continue on Oil Well Road for about a half mile and then turn left to Three Sisters Rd (watch for gravel on the turns and steep sections). At the bottom of Three Sisters turn right onto Trail 41 (Goat Trail). Now back onto singletrack head around and down the hill and cross through the grasslands. As the trail enters trees start looking for the trail to bear right and up the hill for a short steep climb to the top of the final descent down lower 41(Goat). The final descent has a couple steep sections and then winds down through a nice flowing singletrack descent (watch for ruts or loose sand). At the end you'll pop out of the trees onto Oil Well road and the segment and race are done.
History & Background
This ride takes place on the old Fort Ord Army base now the Fort Ord National Monument. Think of the tens of thousands of soldiers that trained in this hills and valleys over the years the base was opened. For a bit of history follow this link: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/cultural/lightfighters.html
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