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Lake Morena Loop

 
 3 votes

20.8 Miles 33.4 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

2,841' 866 m

Ascent

-2,841' -866 m

Descent

4,249' 1,295 m

High

3,106' 947 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

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Very complete ride with technical climbs and fun downhills.

Fulvio Capitanio

Overview

This ride includes some asphalt, loose and hard packed dirt, rock gardens and granite slabs. Most bikers will be able to complete all of the downhill segments, whereas some climbs include a few short technical sections where less experienced riders may have to push their bike up the obstacle.

Need to Know

  • Parking pass required to park on Morena Stokes Valley Road. Passes can be bought at the Pine Valley Store or at the Lake Morena Country Market, which is only 10 minutes away by car from the trailhead. Cost is $5 for the day.
  • All trails are open to motorized vehicles. Be mindful of that. 20-mile ride, pack accordingly. Cell phone signal mostly OK throughout the ride.

Description

Cars can be parked on Morena Stokes Valley Road 17S04. The road is a mix of asphalt and dirt, a regular car can drive over it with ease. At the trailhead, there is a clearing big enough for a few cars to park. Two trails leave from the parking space, these are not to be followed.

The ride begins on Morena Stokes Valley Road, an uphill asphalt road that will take the rider to a gate, where the road turns sharply to the left. At this point, the paved road is left behind, the rider can go around the left side of the gate to begin the climb on Kernan Road, a fire road, that overlaps part of the Espinosa Trail #4E03.

On a garbage can, a sign saying Espinosa Trail will advise the rider when to turn left to leave Kernan Road for this fun and easy uphill singletrack. Espinosa Trail #4E03 will take the rider to Los Pinos Road (FSR #16S17), another fireroad, slightly uphill. Here is where some of the best views can be admired, especially the granite wall on the opposite side of the valley that's used for rock climbing. Los Pinos Road (FSR #16S17) will bring the rider to the beginning of Spur Meadow Trail #801, a fast downhill singletrack. Probably the segment that allows for the greatest speed.

Spur Meadow Trail #801 ends on Corral Canyon Road (FSR #17S04), which can be followed northbound by turning left. A short climb and the rider will reach the Corral Canyon OHV Area. On the south side of the lot, the Wrangler #901 trail begins. This section is one of the most fun and technical, delivering great views, granite slabs to be pedaled up and down, singletrack with loose rocks and dirt, and hard packed dirt steps to be sprinted up on.

Skye Valley Road (FSR #17S06) will provide some relief for the rider's legs as it winds down to the beginning of Bronco Flat #905, a clear right hand turnout. More technical steps characterize the beginning of this large trail; as it turns into Gunslinger Trail #911, it is also used by trucks and Jeeps.

The second section of this trail is wide but still has a few downhill loose rock segments that will prove challenging. It will bring the rider again on Morena Stokes Valley Road. This is where the ride overlaps with the previous climbing segment to the Corral Canyon OHV Area.

This time, the trail to be followed is on the northeast side of the area. Kernan #802 trail is fun, fast, with a couple small jumps heading downhill which will take the rider back to the car on Morena Stokes Valley Road.

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Jan 1, 2018
Fulvio Capitanio
20.5mi
Mar 10, 2017
Jeffrey Alexander
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  3.3 from 3 votes

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