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Bonita Lakes - Full Loop

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 3.6 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop through good cross country trails with lots of climbing and hills; the funnest loop in the Bonita Lakes Park.


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11.1

Miles

17.8

KM

80%

Singletrack

582' 177 m

High

382' 116 m

Low

928' 283 m

Up

930' 284 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

This park features great trails just minutes from Interstate 20. Bring your climbing legs for this one because the hills are long and frequent. This ride puts all the smaller trail segments together for one entire tour/loop of Bonita Lakes. Expect some roots, rocks, steep hills and nice descents. There are several gravel road connectors on this loop but it is mostly singletrack.

Remember to follow the blue blazes and stay off the greens (horses). Bring plenty of water because the trails are tough and there are no water stations until you finish the entire loop.

Need to Know

Once finished, there is a great gravel grind around the lake on the Gravel Road for a cool-off ride.

Description

From the parking area with the boat ramp, head toward the kiosk and gate. Things get started with a short pedal on a gravel road, look for the start of the singletrack 50 feet ahead on the left. Take the singletrack for roughly two miles.

Stay right at the bottom of the big hill and follow the arrows (blue signs). Climb up and then back down at the top. Take a hard left after you clear the creek bed and conquer the biggest hill climb of the day. Follow this trail all the way until you hit the gravel road.

Go right and climb the mountain along the gravel road, and take a left along a doubletrack at the top of the hill. Take another left in 200 feet and then look for blue arrows at the five-point intersection. Follow this until it dumps you back on the gravel road.

Go right and follow the gravel road for about half-a-mile. Go straight along singletrack when the gravel road turns left. Follow this trail for about 2.5 miles until finally arriving at a woods road. Go right at the woods road and climb all the way back to the top of the mountain. Go left for a fast ride along the gravel road until you find singletrack again on your left in three-quarter of a mile. Follow this singletrack all the way down the mountain back to the car.

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BJ Null

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Photos

Entering the Back Trail from the five-points intersection.
Apr 13, 2017 near Meridian, MS
A winter view at the middle section of switchbacks on the Bowl Trail.
Apr 14, 2017 near Meridian, MS
The lower section of The Zipper where it intersects with Hamburger Hill and Rusty Barrel.
Apr 13, 2017 near Meridian, MS
Bottom of Rusty Barrel where it intersects with The Zipper and Hamburger Hill.
Apr 13, 2017 near Meridian, MS
Midpoint of The Bowl, where you can crossover to the B Connector (picture taken from the B connector)
Apr 18, 2017 near Meridian, MS
The west end of Family Loop 1
Apr 13, 2017 near Meridian, MS

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May 27, 2019
Chuck Riegel
Slow ride. Didn't quite do the whole loop 9mi
Oct 8, 2018
Joey Atkins
Jun 6, 2018
Robert Thompson
Rode full Bonita Trail loop (CW). Sessioned Mardi Gras & RG Trail 2x each. Trail is in pretty good shape. 11.1mi
May 21, 2018
Isaac Cruz
Nov 3, 2017
Tiffany Ballew
Super choppy, not maintained ... not the funnest 7mi
Oct 3, 2017
Yates Pharr
enjoyed the steep and technical trails. surprised to find this much elevation change in MS. Good trail markings and appreciated the trail map avail… 8.5mi