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Fort Ord Trails

Average Rating:    (4.69 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Numerous single tracks, fire roads, abandoned roads, and closed paved roads for riding.
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Latitude
36.64487025273558
Longitude
-121.76198959350586
Trail Directions
Take Ft. Ord main entrance off of Highway 1. Turn right at first traffic light and go to first stop sign. Turn left on to Gigling Road and continue on this road until you see traffic barricades at intersection of 8th Ave. Park and Ride!!!
Trail Length
MANY miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Monterey
   


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Review Date
May 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: vinnyl26 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great area. Lots of different options on trails. Some really tight downhill fun single track to wide open fireroads. You can ride this placea dozen times and sill find new trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Henry Coe, Toro



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Review Date
November 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: creecrop ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
my family and friends have have been riding these parts since the base has closed.before BLM and the local towns moved in , they are welcome, as are all.always meeting new riders and still after all these years still finding new trails. from day to nite rides . from single track to fireroad.from hard pack to sand . from wet to dry. THE DIRT IS OURS

Recommended Route:
HIGHWAY ONE FT. ORD EXIT BEHIND D.O.D. ROAD ENDS RIDE BEGINS . FROM SALINAS HIT LAGUNA SECA RACE TRACK HEAD TO THE TOP OF RACE TRACK STEEPEST CAMP GROUND START BOMBING OR HEAD INTO DEL REY OAKS RIGHT INTO THE WOODS

Other recommended trails in the same area:
SOME KILLER LOOPS OUT IN THE VALLEY .....WATCH OUT FOR FENCES AND SHOT GUNS



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Review Date
August 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: robrides ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trails as everyone has said. Just wanted to point you to my Google Earth file for your viewing pleasure. This the area that I usually stay in. I change the trails up every ride. Usually do about 12 - 15 miles...about 2 hours for me. I usually start at the park entrance near Portola Dr.
http://www.angelfire.com/my/mountainbiketokyo/fort_ord-portola_laguna_seca.kmz

If you don't have Google Earth yet, get it free here: http://earth.google.com/

Enjoy.



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Review Date
February 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Que vola ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since I started riding, my dream has always been to have epic rides right out my back door, and the Ord pretty much gets me there. The Ord backcountry is covered in singletrack, and it's totally possible to do 4-hour rides without ever having to backtrack. The area is basically desert; it's too loose and sandy for any big trees to grow, so you get mostly chaparral and sagebrush with a few small forested bits. The northwestern corner of the backcountry, close to the army base and the CSUMB campus, is flatter and sandier than the rest; a good place for newbies. Most of the trails here are unmarked, so keep an eye out from high ground for landmarks. The eastern part of the area (which includes the actual BLM land and Sea Otter) has marked, maintained trails that are generally a lot steeper. Most of the geology in this area is sandstone, so there are some rock gardens here and there if you know where to look. The Ord isn't technically difficult, although some of the climbs can be pretty brutal, it compares to Boggs Mountain or Wilder, sort of. Most of the singletracks are pretty tight and full of blind corners, though, and they're enough to test anybody's XC riding. Fort Ord is definitely worth a day trip from Santa Cruz or the Bay, as long as you've got a local to show you around. On your own, finding your way through the Ord can take a while. Bring plenty of water and Powerbars, and an all-day bike. Anything over 35 pounds will kick your ass out here.

Recommended Route:
There's a copy of the BLM trail map on several different websites. It's pretty hard to read on the computer, but it will at least tell you how to get here. Park on Portola Road off of Reservation and Highway 68 (or if you're lucky like me, ride from your house) and grab a copy of the trail map from the bulletin board just past the gate. Trails worth looking at are #s 39, 41, 43, and 75, as well as all the ones marked as 'singletrack mountain bike trails' on the map. The BLM map is pretty small and confusing, and it doesn't show elevation, and a lot of the trail signs are easy to miss, so count on getting lost a few times. Just keep your bearings, and remember to stay on singletrack; a lot of the fire roads turn into sand pits.



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Review Date
January 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bobber ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just rode Fort Ord for the first time...great place, not too technical (Redrock) but some nice, long, fast singletrack (Goat trail/Couch Canyon) and plenty of stuff in between. The fire roads make the climbs easier and the scenery is great. I hope to go back as soon as I can.

Recommended Route:
Get a Map from one of the bike shops. Redrock is fun but short, Couch canyon, Goat trail for sure, just ride till you can't ride no more!



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