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Lopez Lake Area Tour

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 3.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A good longer ride around Lopez Lake


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15.3

Miles

24.6

KM

60%

Singletrack

1,243' 379 m

High

553' 169 m

Low

2,104' 641 m

Up

2,104' 641 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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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Art de Goede

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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  3.5 from 6 votes
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#363

in California

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Photos

Good view of the other side of the lake and down on a remote boat dock
Jun 2, 2015 near Nipomo, CA
From the Bobcat Trail and High Ridge Trail, looking north going downhill.
Jun 2, 2018 near Nipomo, CA
Looking west to Arroyo Grande Valley and dunes hidden in coastal clouds
Aug 20, 2013 near Nipomo, CA
The start of the 12 mile trail around the lake.
Sep 13, 2014 near Nipomo, CA
Looking down Bobcat Trail from High Ridge Fire Road
Jun 2, 2018 near Nipomo, CA
Looking south from beginning of Duna Vista Loop
Aug 20, 2013 near Nipomo, CA

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Jul 20, 2019
Ramon Gomez
May 26, 2018
Matt Hawk
15mi — 2h 00m
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
Tripp Hyde