“This beautiful, well-kept trail and others in the area are privately owned, but open to the public.”
— Steve Lercher
Covered picnic tables with restrooms inside converted barn. You are never more than 2 miles from the trail head. Trails are on a private, family-owned cattle ranch.
The trails are closed at certain times during deer hunting season. See website for updates.
Riders will find themselves riding among the ranch cattle herd and rolling over cattle guards located along fence lines. Turkey and deer are often observed. Several bridged creek crossings allow the trail to meander alongside Cane Creek. This is a very well marked trail system with many options to make your ride as short as 3 miles or up to 17 miles.
Yellow arrows denote the main 12-mile route while red arrows point toward off-shoots from the yellow trail. These optional loops include more challenging terrain that includes some climbing with rewarding downhills. Blue arrows denote shortcuts. Restrooms, hot showers, and a break room await riders coming in off the trail who choose to clean up and enjoy lunch at one of several picnic tables inside a converted barn.
The Lercher 15 website
provides more information, and has several photos along with waiver forms, trail maps, directions, and a bit of ranch history.
Need to Know
This trail is the main route of the Lercher 15 trail system. From the trailhead sign, continue down the gravel farm road. The gravel road forks just before a cattle guard.
Look for the large yellow arrow attached to a red farm gate about 400 yards from the trailhead and begin following the yellow arrows. Most yellow arrows are attached to posts and made out of painted rebar. Continue up the gravel road. As you approach a ranch house, look for the trail off to the right just before another cattle guard leading to the house. There will be painted yellow rocks on the ground.
Before mile one, you'll leave the woods and circumvent a pond, first riding over another cattle guard next to an old cabin. After crossing one of two bridges, you'll begin to leave the pond area behind by biking up a cattle lane. At the end of the lane, look for another large yellow arrow pointing left.
If the red gate is closed at this arrow, use the cattle guard right by the arrow, otherwise you may just go through the opening of the gate. In about 200 yards you'll see an old haybarn on your left, painted yellow rocks, and a large yellow arrow pointing right. Once you make it to this point which is less than 1.3 miles you'll be entering the main trail. Getting lost should not be an issue just continue taking the yellow arrows. If you get tired take the blue "shortcut" arrows. There are several small bridged stream crossings.
There are several cattle guard crossings, which are walkable if you're uncomfortable. There are also 3 bridged main creek crossings which are also walkable. Lercher Crossing is the signage at the second creek crossing. This is a fast, decent creek crossing.
Shortly after Lercher Crossing and a short climb you'll come to a triangular railroad tie intersection. A blue arrow points left denoting a shortcut. Staying right (yellow) will take you on about a half mile loop exiting right where you entered.
Near mile 9, you'll encounter another triangular railroad tie intersection. Going left enters the rider into a lollipop on a stick loop; beginning with the stick part. This "lollipop" loop is about 2 miles in length and is part of the yellow trail. If you decide to skip the loop stay right at intersection. You are within a mile of the finish.
History & Background