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Riders will find themselves riding among the ranch cattle herd and rolling over cattle guards located along fence lines. Turkey and deer are often observed. Several bridged creek crossings allow the trail to meander alongside Cane Creek. This is a very well marked trail system with many options to make your ride as short as 3 miles or up to 17 miles.
Yellow arrows denote the main 12-mile route while red arrows point toward off-shoots from the yellow trail. These optional loops include more challenging terrain that includes some climbing with rewarding downhills. Blue arrows denote shortcuts. Restrooms, hot showers, and a break room await riders coming in off the trail who choose to clean up and enjoy lunch at one of several picnic tables inside a converted barn.
The Lercher 15 website provides more information, and has several photos along with waiver forms, trail maps, directions, and a bit of ranch history.
From the trailhead sign, continue down the gravel farm road. The gravel road forks just before a cattle guard, continue straight over the first cattle guard and take the next cattle guard 30 yards on your right.
Look for the large yellow arrow attached to a cattle guard about 400 yards from the trailhead and begin following the yellow arrows. Most yellow arrows are attached to posts and made out of painted rebar. Continue up the gravel road after passing over 2nd cattle guard. As you approach a ranch house, look for the trail off to the right just before another cattle guard leading to a Ranch house. There will be painted yellow rocks on the ground.
Before mile one, you'll leave the woods and circumvent a pond, first riding over another cattle guard next to an old cabin. After crossing one of two bridges, you'll begin to leave the pond area behind by biking up a cattle lane. At the end of the lane, look for another yellow arrow pointing left mounted on another cattle guard post.
In about 200 yards you'll see an old haybarn on your left, painted yellow rocks, and a large yellow arrow pointing right. Once you make it to this point which is less than 1.3 miles you'll be entering the main trail. Getting lost should not be an issue just continue taking the yellow arrows. If you get tired take the blue "shortcut" arrows. There are several small bridged stream crossings. Though you'll not cross the main creek on this route, you'll bike along side it for a short distance.
About three quarters of a mile after leaving the large creek, you'll exit into a field at a slight descent. After crossing this short corner of the field you'll come to the orange trail intersection. Stay in the field by taking a left along side a fence. This will be the orange trail.
Shared By: Steve Lercher