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Lagoon Valley / Pena Adobe

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The park is small, with mostly fire road and paved bike trails, but if you head towards the hill or the creek there is some fun singletrack. It is an excellent beginner-intermediate run, and is good for conditioning as well. The big advantage is that it is practically right in the middle of town. There is also potable water and restrooms, as well as some nice picnic areas.
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Latitude
38.33303882235456
Longitude
-122.01210021972656
Trail Directions
Take I-80 to the alamo exit, and take the first right on the eastbound side. The road leads straight to the park.
Trail Length
varies with route
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Vacaville
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 2, 2014

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: ucdengboss ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pena Adobe/Lagoon Valley has several single track trails and a main gravel fire/utility road. I ride at least 2X per week here and sometimes 5X a week. The single track is almost all hard packed, dry clay type soils with no loose or sandy soils. There are occasional rocks, but the trails are easy to ride and should not be considered technical at all.

The single track along the southernmost 2 towers adjacent to the fire road is exposed with no trees. It can be very hot in the summer. Fall and spring bring best riding conditions. The single track on the north side of the northernmost tower (closest to Butcher Road and City detention pond) is largely covered as you ride through the dense oak trees.

The trails closest to the southern two towers and fire road can be a little rough at times as this area is grazed and the cattle will tend to beat up the trails. The trails north of the northern tower is not grazed and is very smooth fun flow like trail. Trails are maintained and generally are in good condition and very fun to ride.

The trails cover rolling hills and provide excellent views from the top of the southernmost tower. Views to the east overlook the central valley and on clear days the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen. To the west the trails overlook Lagoon Valley and look onto oak covered rolling hills and the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I ride here on lunch and before work. Most weekdays see little traffic. I have not been here on a weekend and cannot comment on the traffic on weekends. I have not had any bad encounters with anyone here.

Like nearly every mountain bike trail in California mountain lions have been spotted inside the park over the years. Deer are often spotted and as noted above cattle do graze, but not during the summer.

Recommended Route:
These two will cover most of the fun stuff: http://www.strava.com/segments/6494306?filter=overall

http://www.strava.com/segments/1400614

Climb up to northernmost tower closest to Butcher Road on the singletrack, pass through gate descending to the south. Trail will turn to east around corner of fence line and then turn hard right at junction and follow trail back past upper parking lot and popping out onto fire road. Climb fire road or singletrack to southern, highest tower, and descend to the southern fence line where there is a long sweeping turn. Follow to the bottom for very fun downhill.

Other very steep lower climbs can be had and aerobically you can make this as difficult as you would like.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockville in Fairfield, Skyline in Napa, Auburn SRA. Hidden Falls-Auburn, Salmon Falls-Folsom Lake, Granite Bay-Folsom Lake.

$3 to park inside the Lagoon Valley park. Parking out front near gate is free. Parking at dead end of Butcher is free however there are break-ins all too common at the Butcher dead-end parking area. I prefer to park in front of the gun shop on Butcher and ride in from there.



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Review Date
December 22, 2013

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: Dave B ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pros- Hard smooth single track. Pena has a great mixture of up and downs, more suited for xc. As of late there has been a good amount of work put into alot of the trails, stitches, jumps, teeter totters. Some fast downs and a couple longer gradual descents. Longer trails starting at the 3rd tower are in and out. Trails are never really busy and if they are its pedestrians who will give the right away. Bathrooms, bbq grills, and water fountains inside the park. Plenty of parking and other things to do in the park so you can bring the family, disc golf, archery, rc track. On the edge of town so lunch is a 5 minute ride. Spring and fall are the best times to ride here.

Cons- HOT in the summer. No rock gardens or super tech stuff, not really a con when you have rockville right up the road for that. Cops do check for parking ticket, 40 bucks is not worth skipping out on 3.00.

All in all Pena Adobe is a good spot to ride if you're interested in some milder trails or a good cardio ride. Its only getting better as more people gain interest in riding.

Recommended Route:
Once in the park, park in lot to the left of the dog park. Climb hill across the dry creek bed descend to the Hume grove, cross walking path and climb fire road to first tower and have fun on the shorter faster singletrack. Climb to first tower and follow ridge to fire road to second and third towers, once at 3rd tower follow single track down the hill you will hit a switchback and you will have singe track all the way back to the biggest parking lot. This is the trail with a couple great switchback sections and fast narrow single. Once your about back to ground level will be the teeter totters! or you can skip them if that's not your thing....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockville



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Review Date
August 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: rsquared28 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Singletrack, fireroads, some steep climbs.
Ths area used to the location of the Rockhopper Race, a pre-season warm up race, right after Sea Otter. I raced it several times in the early nineties. A lot of pros would show up.
Good area for training and conditioning for locals. For out of towners, mix it in with some time at Rockville or Mix Canyon for a full day of fun.



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Review Date
October 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: brooksw ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Any traveler along I-80 has passed by Lagoon Valley. The park is on the south side of the freeway between Vacaville and Fairfield. Riding is in the hills and on the ridges forming the eastern to southern ends of the Valley. A few minutes from either Vacaville or Fairfied. Take the Pena Adobe exit. Use fee is $3.00 per car per day. I parked in the first lot on the left. At the end of the lot a dirt trail leads up the first hill which is the eastern-most tower. There are three radar towers along the peaks of the east and south ridges of the park. Connecting trails along the ridgeline lead to each tower. All are within the Lagoon Valley Open Space. The trail to the first tower is a wide, but steep fire trail. Single track leads to a worn asphalt road leading up a steep, but rideable, trail to the second tower. The view is great from the second tower. East views across the central valley, south views to the Delta and western views to Fairfield. You can turn back from the second tower and complete a hour and twenty minute ride or continue to the third tower. Narrow, challenging single track leads to the third tower, which is on the southern ridge of the Lagoon Valley "bowl." From what I can tell, the ride is out and back. There are no other trails that I know of within the park, but this ride offers a fair amount of variety including challenging climbs, lots of narrow single-track and some downhill. There are no rock gardens so the trail is oriented more towards a cross-country work out.

Recommended Route:
One trail out and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockville



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Review Date
July 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dave P ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are lots of good trails in the park, and quite a few miles of nice singletrack. Trails are virtually deserted on weekdays. The trails can be combined to make a long (10-mile roundtrip) tour, complete with awesome views of the surrounding area. Watch for star-thistle in some places. Allow trails to dry (5-days) after a rain.

Recommended Route:
Start at main parking lot, head north along the paved path to Jack Hume Grove, then head Northeast to the hills. Follow singltrack south along hillside (and up through 'forest'), then keep climbing. Continue S to service road, then jog W and continue S along main trail to top of hill. A complete trail description, with UTM coordinates and a map, is at: http://zdap.com/racereports/viewtopic.php?t=1133 (on the www.Adventure-Race-Reports.com site).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockville Hills is great as well.



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