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Moon Lake Wander

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Using trail-feel to head through the rat's maze makes for a great (although short) ride.


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6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,333' 406 m

High

1,107' 337 m

Low

429' 131 m

Up

429' 131 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly There's not too much elevation, but the trails are rocky. The trails to the west of the parking area are a little easier.

As a State Forest, you can drink, have dogs off leash, and ride at night at Moon Lake. But be respectful and make sure to clean up after yourself.

Overview

The trails at Moon Lake can seem confusing, but if you follow your instincts at every intersection, you'll have a good time. The trails are pretty well laid out for rhythm, and although there are a number of options, you can't really get lost. There is not a ton of climbing, but the trails have a significant amount of rock to keep you honest.

Need to Know

"The Lake" used to be a County Park with a lot of facilities, but it was handed over to the Bureau of Forestry a few years ago. It had fallen into disrepair before The State took it, and it is slowly being cleaned up. The new trailhead is pretty sweet, including a nice picnic area. Plus, being a State Forest means you can drink beer and ride at night.

Description

I am not a local. Locals can tell you every name of every unsigned trail and probably can tell you the right way to ride each one. I can't do any of that. What I can tell you is that I left the new trailhead parking lot and started riding the trails clock-wise (across a little bridge and through the gap in the rock wall).

I then just decided to follow whatever trail seemed to be the most worn in and see where it would take me. There were a couple of forest road crossings that took a little more head-scratching and one bit where I popped out on the campground loop and had to consult the map, but otherwise I was pretty happy with the way I transitioned from one trail to the next.

The area isn't that big, and most trails in any given area seem to generally flow towards the next area of trail. At about the 2 o'clock position (if we are thinking about the ride as a clock face) there is a pretty cool rock outcropping that the ride traverses multiple times, and there are some cool optional lines.

For most of the ride, you'll sense that the lake and the surrounding fields are generally to your right, so you'll have a sense of where you are and won't feel too lost.

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Shared By:

Frank Maguire

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Apr 10, 2021
Manuel Melo
Jun 25, 2020
KIMBERLY LEVIN
Gorgeous day great conditions! Little rocky & rooty. Not for a beginner:) 6.7mi — 9h 30m
Jun 4, 2020
KIMBERLY LEVIN
Fairly rocky, rooty, with numerous twists and turns lacking well marked trails. Very convoluted network- not that easy to navigate. — 9h 30m
Sep 8, 2019
Joe Williams
2h 00m
Apr 3, 2019
Billy Solo
Full tour, slide, dark, nightmare,
Apr 1, 2019
Billy Solo
Faster this time, getting to know the trails now. Found the new trail and was able to ride back up and hit screamer. Took the road from Dark to 5 tree
Mar 30, 2019
Billy Solo
1st time, got a little lost at the Dark, but found the way
Jan 3, 2019
Luis Velez
Thank to Nick P for showing me around.