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Buck Ridge Area of Hensley Lake

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Not so much a single trail as it is a slew of trails. Lots of singletrack, something that looks similar to a fire road (but not quite, more like two wheel tracks), some soft and loose areas, several ruts, plenty of up- and down-hill. Since there are so many "trail options" one can chose his or her own path: up a hill or around a hill, continue riding or head back to the trailhead, etc.. Elevation of the area runs between 500 and 800 feet. VERY LITTLE SHADE so riding in the heat of a summer afternoon isn't recommended. There are views of Hensley Lake from the many hills. (Skill Level rating should be both Beginner and Intermediate but that wasn't an option.)
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Latitude
37.1165261849112
Longitude
-119.8663330078125
Trail Directions
Off Highway 145, East of Madera and West of Highway 41, take Road 33 North till it dead ends at Road 400. Right on Road 400 and travel for about 8 miles. The Buck Ridge Recreation Area is the Third Sign for Hensley Lake you'll see. A fee is charged to enter this area: $3 general; $1.50 for Golden Age/Access card holders; $28 annual pass. Trailhead UTM Coords: 11N 245075E 4112200N WGS84 USGS 7.5' Quads: Little Table Mountain, Knowles. (Also of Hensley Lake: Gregg, Raymond)
Trail Length
3+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Madera/Fresno/Coasegold
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 29, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: zandarman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is my own "private Idaho". I live 15 min. away and never get bored with this trail. Riding here since 95. Great cardio workout, great foothill views, 1 loop equals 45 minutes. I've seen bobcats, deer, quail, dove and a few rattlesnakes (ran over one). It can get hot. Early morning in July and smell the Ironweed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
007



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Review Date
May 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dwnhillscreamin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As stated in other revies not a beginner course. There are a few short, but steep uphills. Also spring to early summer, the lake level is higher so parts of the trail get flooded. Fun downhills, with some creek jumps. Some tough climbing, and a few technical spots. There are so many side trails you could spend all day out there. Very fun trail, challenging as well as entertaining. A hint on parking... just park at the pay booth and ride your bike the 100 yards in. Save the $4,and get more exercise.

Recommended Route:
Many side trails, but the main loop is great. If you are not up to challenging climbs take the left fork, and then come back on the right side.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Millerton, 007, Tour de Granite at Shaver Lake.



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Review Date
November 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mustard ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good trail for the beginner rider looking to get a good cardio workout. Single track with some double track. Not very technical but has a few challenges throughout the ride.

Good for biking in the fall as it can be very dusty in the summer.

Recommended Route:
Take a right at the first fork.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
007 at Norfolk.



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Review Date
January 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: t_man9 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
this trail is only really fun if you are a cross country rider, or if you just like going up and down. there are two jumps on the trail. one jumps you over a water rut and the other launches you down a steep downslope about 15 feet. if you enjoy going downhill extremely fast! don't come to this trail.

Recommended Route:
highway 41

Other recommended trails in the same area:
sky harbor



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