The challenges on the Intermediate Loop
are generally short, isolated features that can be quickly walked over by beginners who can then quickly remount. This trail also provides scattered optional advanced features adjacent to the main track to try as skills advance. The trails used in this intro are concentrated in the southern part of the Park and offer numerous bailout points to head to the center of the Park in the event of breakdowns, etc.
LHORBA group rides are typically held at Highland on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Check our Facebook page for specifics. All levels of riders welcome.
From the LHORBA parking area west of the tennis courts, head south toward and crossing the paved access road by the LHORBA map kiosk to start this ride.
The primary trail that we use to introduce people to singletrack mountain biking is the Intermediate Loop
. While the Nature Trail
is rated as easy, we tend to avoid it as an intro due to the heavy foot traffic use and its broad width.
This ride also offers convenient trails or segments progressing in difficulty that are recommended for extending the ride beyond just the Intermediate Loop
itself. These include the gradual, sweeping downhill of the Border Trail
, roots and logs on Tres Puentes
, and rock gardens on Baby Doll Head
The Intermediate Loop
is tightly squeezed into a strip of woodland, such that if you get off the trail, its easy to lose the trail and find yourself on the adjacent leg, traveling the opposite direction of the Loop. The trail is blazed blue in the clockwise direction and orange counter-clockwise. This blazing pattern is being expanded to the other loop trails of the Park.