This ride takes in most of the classic low-country riding and the best and longest continuous climb-descent in the West Magnolia Area. The West Magnolia trails area has many short trails that are disjointed by brief segments of road which can be disorienting. Do not despair if you make a wrong turn. There are as many good ways to do this ride as there are opinions on the internet. The key features of this ride is the Lost Meadow Trail
/ Roots and Rocks Trail
/ School Bus link up and the rest can be improvised.
Park at the main parking area at the intersection of the Peak to Peak Highway and Magnolia Road.
From the trail kiosk at the Magnolia Road parking lot, head climbing up Pungy Stick Trail #925
- a steep descent down to the main West Mag trailhead. Head right onto Aspen Alley then left briefly on West Magnolia Road before turning right onto the Observatory Trail #355 - a short twisty blast through the trees
. The trail becomes road-like just before the turn right onto 926F
. Turn left onto the Lookout Trail #926
which ends on a dirt road. Head left briefly on the road before turning right onto Hobbit 3 #927
Near the midpoint of Hobbit 3, head west on the Lost Meadow Trail
. After about a mile in the forest, the trail opens up into a meadow with nice views. At the western edge of the meadow, there is a 4x4 road the enters from the north. Continue up the Roots and Rocks Trail
to the southwest crossing a small stream and tackling many exposed roots and steep eroded tread. Along the way you'll pass a 4x4 road (now closed to motor vehicles) that heads up steeply to the south the 503
junction at the ruins of the Lone Star Mine.
After the climb levels out, turn right onto the 503
) and ride uphill for about 1/4 mile then turn left on the 109
to School Bus). Descend School Bus #929
and turn right at its bottom onto Hobbit 2 #927
. Finish with Hobbit 1 #927
and Re-Root and end up back where you started.