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Lake Howard Bike Trails

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

This new 14 mile trail system includes a combination of singletrack and existing fire roads in the Talladega National Forest. Built by the NFS, Sylacauga Rec Dept, COGS and Trails Unlimited. This trail offers 4 different loops which make up the total distance of 14 miles. Maintained by Cyclist of Greater Sylacauga (COGS).
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Latitude
33.19958556933232
Longitude
-86.19342505931854
Trail Length
14
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
June 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: em6901 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the fastest trails in Alabama. Not very technical and in my book it is number two, behind oak mountain as the best trail system in Alabama. (untile cold mountain opens).



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Review Date
July 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bamamike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride this trail with friends at least twice a year. Something about this trail keeps calling us back. It is an intermediate trail that rolls great on the single track and has one bad climb on the fire road ( fire road is half mile )other than that it is just a really nice long single track trail. Those that planned this trail did it right all the way. There are few roots or rocks making it smooth and fast. If your looking for a trail to start MTBing on or your an experienced rider looking for speed this is your trail. One piece of advice is do not ride this trail during winter thaw or alot of rain because the ground becomes soft making the ride very slow.

Recommended Route:
This is a three loop down and back trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain (Birmingham), Swayback (Wetumpka)



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Review Date
October 30, 2010

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: David S ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I did the full 14 miles this morning. It was my first time on this trail and it offered everything I wanted. Trailhead clean and well maintained.



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Review Date
June 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jdmaum1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I read good reviews about this trail and was very impressed with it. It is not technical, rocky, or rooty. It is very fun, fast and a nice change of pace if you are looking for a rollercoaster type trail. Highly recommended.

Recommended Route:
We did the entire system of loops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mtn, Swayback, Lake Lurleen, Trussville



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Review Date
August 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KPVSR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Given what I have read about this trail system I was expecting a dirt highway through the woods. I am glad to report my expectations were way off.

This is a very well laid out contour line trail with a great mix of elevation change. Nothing too long or steep but it keeps the blood and pedals pumping. Dips, rises and some rock armouring offer up about the only technical aspects of the trail but there are just enough of them to keep you from getting bored. There is also one short skinny out there to offer up some challenge. The trail surface is generally loose over hardpack and for being recently machine built the trails for the most part are narrowing down to singletrack status quickly.

If you enjoy a fast flowing trail this will not disappoint. If your looking solely for a technical challenge this is probably not for you but don't let that stop you from riding it as it is a fun trail. With the way the loops are laid out and the trails being bi-directional you could get many miles under your belt in an afternoon. Not real strenuous but real fun.

The only negatives I can think of would be the back slopes could use a little more tapering. Especially when they are on the outside of turns. This would allow for them to be used as berms to really keep the speed going. Get some more technically challenging features out there and this trail will offer something for most everyone.

Recommended Route:
Grab a map and make up your own route. Many possibilities out there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I personally do not know of any near by but Oak Mountain is about an hour north and Swayback in Wetumpka is about an hour south.



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