“A mix of single and doubletrack that is a great place for beginners.
— Andy Cramb
This is as beginner of a trail as it gets.
Cheney Lake offers a great place for beginners to hit the dirt without the risk of any intimidating obstacles that you find on other trails. This ride is a 5-mile out-and-back with a couple of different trail options which allows you to mix up your ride! The start of the trail is at the southeast end, but you can jump in anywhere along the route.
This trail is in a state park, so you'll need a vehicle sticker to park inside. Otherwise, you can ride your bike in for free.
Need to Know
Bug spray and tire sealant is a must!
The southern third is through big cottonwood trees and has a mix of clay and sandy soils. Use caution when cornering on the sand as it's easy for your wheel to slip. Some of the trail was covered in wood chips years ago, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
The middle of the ride is open fields with a few views of the water from a distance. These areas are mowed and well-maintained, but there's not always a tread.
The northern section of the ride is back into a mix of cedar and cottonwood trees with a wide trail that is mostly doubletrack so the park rangers can get equipment back in there to mow, etc. At the end of the trail, there are some rogue trails that you can take out to the water to check out a beach and maybe take a swim if you need to cool off.