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Woods Trail

 3.0 (6)

6.5 Miles 10.5 Kilometers


Doubletrack

1,775' 541 m

Ascent

-343' -105 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

2,950' 899 m

High

1,311' 400 m

Low

Shared By Craig Gleason

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A nice ride through the woods followed by a brutal climb up a rockslide.

Craig Gleason

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The trailhead for this trail is at the top of Hicks Road at the junction with Mt. Umunhum Road. The fire road winds through the woods with some moderate climbs for several miles, then begins to climb steeply up to El Sombroso. A section in the middle of the climb may require some hike-a-bike as it exceeds 20% grade on a very loose surface.

This route has excellent views of Mt. Umunhum and the entire eastern valley, at least while you are catching your breath.

At the top of Woods Road, you can continue straight on the Limekiln Trail to descend to Lexington Reservoir or turn right onto Kennedy Trail to descend to Kennedy Road.

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Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
Not sure why this trail starts at Hicks, you want to ride it the other direction. Downhill is fun, mostly wide with lots of room and can get fast.
May 31, 2018
Stephen Benson
doubletrack mostly
Sep 14, 2017
Fredrik Jansson
6.5mi
Sep 2, 2016
Ray Krebs

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  3.0 from 6 votes

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Craig is correct. I'm a strong roadie, but new to MTB. And the "brutal rockslide" that begins at about 4.5 miles from the trail head (gate at edge of parking lot) is indeed, brutal. The 20%+ grade on loose rock requires a lot of skill, and you'd best make sure you have the right tire pressure (for traction on loose surfaces), and the right speed and body position when you start the climb. Aug 3, 2017
One more thing.....the trail is probably 50% (perhaps more) in the shade....Makes it much more tolerable in the heat. Aug 3, 2017
The descriptions here are perfect. The climb over small pebbles is like climbing over ball bearings. Don't loose your footing or it will be hard to continue. It's one of those trails that I enjoyed some, but don't feel like doing it again anytime soon. The bright side are the beautiful views of the area. Apr 13, 2018

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