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Pepper Ranch Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop ride exploring all of Pepper Ranch, full of small ridges and wildlife.


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13.3

Miles

21.4

KM

65%

Singletrack

21' 6 m

High

19' 6 m

Low

9' 3 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

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Pepper Ranch is a seasonal trail. It is open to the public from October through June on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9AM to 4PM.

Must check in at the campground office to ride. No parking fee.

For current information on open dates please check the Collier County website.

Overview

This featured ride heads along newer trails in a very natural environment. The trail flows through oak hammocks and around cypress on old farming drainage berms. The ground can be very soft on this ride.

Need to Know

Nice bathrooms, showers, and ice machine that are available to bikers at the campground. The bike parking area has two picnic tables. Bikers can park at the campground or inside the gate at the trailhead.

Description

To access this ride, park at the Pepper Ranch Preserve campground. Head north onto Pepper Road which bends back and forth, heading to the west to the gate and trail system.

The Yellow Loop, which is comprised of Panther Pass and Black Bear Berm, is flagged and rideable in its entirety for around five miles. There are currently two phases of future trail work being done on Go 4 Tortoise (Red Loop on the trailhead map) that heads to the south in addition to Kite Flight, which heads to the north (Blue Loop on the trailhead map).

Kite Flight follows a berm and is more technical with short ups and downs. There is a section that is open to ride that heads back to the dirt road, while the remaining portion of the loop is under construction.

The Go 4 Tortoise future loop trail will complete the 15 miles in the master plan.

See the trail map of current trails here: colliergov.net/home/showdoc….

History & Background

This charming property was once the site of a farm, hunting grounds, cattle ranch, fishing camp and home for a local family for close to a century. The property was ultimately sold to Collier County in 2009 and has been maintained as a site that pays homage to the local history of this area.

The property also borders Lake Trafford, which is the largest, natural lake in Collier County and the location of many Native American settlements. Many artifacts have been discovered in this area that have been dated back to 550 A.D.

Contacts

Local Club: Florida Mudcutters

Shared By:

Rob Bagans

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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Pepper Ranch Preserve has 4.5 miles of bike trails, created and maintained by the Mudcutters biking group from Ft. Myers, FL.
Oct 19, 2016 near Immokalee, FL
Kite Flight is a more technical trail that is along a old farming berm.
Jul 12, 2016 near Immokalee, FL
Stair feature at concrete slab.
Jul 12, 2016 near Immokalee, FL
Incline bridge going up to black bear berm, one of 7 bridges, all in varying lengths.
Jul 12, 2016 near Immokalee, FL
One of many log overs on the return trail back to the bike parking lot.
Jul 12, 2016 near Immokalee, FL
Root section on Panther Pass.
Jul 12, 2016 near Immokalee, FL

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Jan 12, 2019
Lisa Lee
Nov 16, 2018
Chris Hoch
Good for beginner or novice riders. Looks like a brewer trail. 10mi
Jun 24, 2018
Lisa Lee