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Lopez Lake Area Tour

 5 votes

15.3 Miles 24.6 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

2,104' 641 m

Ascent

-2,104' -641 m

Descent

1,243' 379 m

High

553' 169 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Unknown

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A good longer ride around Lopez Lake

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Overview

Steep climbs, fast singletrack, varied wildlife, good views, uncrowded.

Wildlife can get spooky on the night rides. Signs of horses on the trails but never seen on the trails?

Need to Know

Park in the horse staging area or pay $10.00 day use.

Description

The ride starts out steep up paved Upper Lopez Canyon Road to High Ridge gate. Continue up ridge on fire break to top for view of lake. Follow ridge line down to the north and then back west into the oak forest. Stay left at the junctions until bottom of ridge next to lake go right on well maintained flat dirt road to BSA Camp Mabel French.

Through the parking lot, cross seasonal creek through meadow area to singletrack of Duna Vista Loop is normally ridden clockwise with a side trip out Duna Vista Spur trail. There's a steep climb up (hike a bike) on the lower portion of the loop, and it's more technical on the lower portion of the downhill on the Duna Vista Loop.

Duna Vista Spur is an excellent MTB trail, with narrow singletrack, good flow, not steep at all. There's a viewpoint at end of Dam and beyond to the dunes. Return back to Duna Vista Loop. After trip out to Duna Vista, follow dirt road back to base of ridge, follow paved park road for .25 mile to Arboleda Pinic Area and Cougar Trail.

Follow the moderate singletrack on the Cougar Trail up, through and around campgrounds to park entrance. Out of the park, 1 mile back to the car.

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Oct 3, 2015
Ryan Strathearn
If you like steep fire breaks, HAB, and trails pulverized by horses, this is the ride for you. 10.7mi — 2h 00m
Apr 26, 2015
Calvin Curtis
Was a great trial, we had lots of fun on this one. Good wild life as well we saw couple bears, from a good distance away, deer and a huge wild tur... — 2h 55m
Jan 25, 2014
Kenneth Spearman
Oct 12, 2013
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Nice views and a couple of nice technical climbs. A couple of notes: If you start by climbing Upper Lopez Canyon road, keep your head up. The turn off onto fire road happens in less than a mile. I missed it and ended up riding the lame paved road to Camp Mabel French. Also, this place is horse friendly. Look out for entitled equestrians and the wonderful characteristics that horses bring to singletrack. Oct 13, 2013

 
We started this ride from Quail Campground inside the park. We made the "mistake" of trying to cut off some pavement and went straight from Cougar Tr to High Ridge Fire Rd via the Connector Tr. Not a great way to start off a ride...with a bunch of HAB! :-( Most of the High Ridge Fire Rd. is a waste of time. It's just a fire break that is a rollercoaster of steep ups and downs. The only semi-decent part was the downhill finish thru the oak trees. The start of Duna Vista Loop along the shoreline to the first fork is not too bad. A bit beat up by horses and some stealth poison oak at shin level to watch out for. I'd give this section 3 stars. Taking a left at the first fork on Duna Vista Loop starts out decent. Then the steep part starts and it is relentless. You will be HABing for a while. The horses have pulverized it into loose rock that would suck on level ground, let alone a 20% grade. The ground finally firms up a bit and I was able to get back on the bike and ride, but it is still pretty steep. Have the trail builders ever heard of switchbacks?! Then again, this trail was probably built for/by horses. We did the Duna Vista Spur out-and-back. This section is much more fun. There are finally switchbacks on the trail. Yay! Then you get to the "cliff" (not quite a cliff, but very steep) exposure. You'll love this if you're afraid of heights. Throw in some loose rocks and oak leaves and this section has some pucker factor. Once you get to the end there is an awesome view and cool oak trees. The ride back is not too steep, so you're able to pedal the whole trail, which was nice. I'd actually give this section 4 stars. The trail is decent, the exposure adds some element of excitement, and the view is amazing. Next was the upper part of the Duna Vista Loop to the Encinal Spur Trail. A bit steep up to the peak, but not too bad. Then the down starts and it is pretty steep and fun. And finally the best part of the ride, the Encinal Spur Trail down (last section of the Duna Vista Loop). This was flowy with some steeper sections and rocks/roots thrown in for fun. It almost saved the ride for me, but it was too short to redeem the rest of the crap I had to suffer thru. At the bottom and now down by the lake shore again I was ready to be done. We bailed the route and cut across the dry lake bottom to the campground on the other side. I even decided to skip Cougar Tr (rode it the day before) and just rode the pavement back to Quail Campground. I think the bummer part for me is seeing how much potential this area has. The lake, oak trees, and wildlife and amazing. Cougar Tr is decent. A trail like that staying low around the entire lake would be pretty nice. Throw in optional trail sections (with switchbacks please) to cut up and over fingers would add some spice. But keep the horses off them (which will never happen). The sandy soil can't handle the beating horse hooves inflict. Oct 4, 2015

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