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Sylaward Trail at Lake Howard



14.9 mile 24.0 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,127' 343 m
Descent: -1,127' -343 m
High: 744' 227 m
Low: 560' 171 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (5°)


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This is a fast, flowing loop system that is 90% well-groomed singletrack.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly Fishing, Boating, Pavilions w/picnic tables. Drinking water, portable restroom on premises.

Closed on Mondays, typically.


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The trailhead at Lake Howard has a single entrance to the COGS trail. COGS rolls up and down for a short distance until an intersection with the Ridge Loop. This short loop can be ridden on the way out on your return. If you continue, you'll shortly pop out onto a dirt road that runs across an earthen dam. This crossing will lead to the toughest climb on the loop, a short dirt road that climbs sharply upwards for a few hundred meters. It has a singletrack bypass to the left.

Take the singletrack left, or continue up the road to the top and go left to re-enter the COGS loop. This next short section of the COGS trail eventually pops out on a doubletrack connector. The Bill's Creek loop and Lake loop trails branch off to the right. The preferred route is to continue past the entrance to Bill's Creek and Lake. Enter Lake to the right and ride that loop, then Bill's Creek, then return to the trailhead reversing the direction of the ride out.


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Sep 21, 2019
Dianna England
Lake Howard with Tim Harris 10mi
Nov 4, 2018
Iveta Champion
Jul 28, 2018
R Caraballosa
Nov 18, 2017
Ashley Monsrud
Nov 2, 2016
Stephen Peters
Trail Conditions are great, fast, fun, flow track 22.6mi
Aug 20, 2016
Jarod Stevenson
Don't go early, you'll run into hundreds of spider webs, not cool! But it was a very fun trail to ride! 15mi
Mar 6, 2016
Lawrence Monks
Apr 5, 2015
Russ Gowan

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Sylaward Trail
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL
Trailhead sign.  Keep right to take Bills Creek Loop and left to continue down the main trail.
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL
Lakeview Loop in the fall.
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL
View of Lake Howard from the Lakeview Loop in the fall.  Notice the leaf colors.
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL
This is about the only creek crossing on the trail.  And no, it is not that technical.
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL
This spot can be confusing when returning to the trailhead.  The fire road is to the left (or straight) and the trail is to the right.
Oct 13, 2014 near Mignon, AL

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