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Kincaid Lake Trail

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No. of Reviews: 34

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Latitude
31.25859605880172
Longitude
-92.62882232666015
Trail Directions
CAN SOME ONE PLEASE LIST DIRECTIONS 2 TRAIL FROM HWY 165 AND IS IT STILL OPEN???????
Trail Length
miles 33
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Alexandria
   


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Review Date
January 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 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: Jonathan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
You can access this trail from at least two different parking areas. I choose the East Boat Ramp off Messina because I like the style of riding offered on that side of the lake. If you're looking for a workout, the east side is what you want. You can ride it 7 miles to the back side of the lake where the long 200 yard deck bridge leads to the lamotte or wild azalea spurs or you can ride 5 miles of trail till you come to paved road and loop back 3 miles to the parking area. It's fast, flowy singletrack. There are also some great views of the lake but you won't have time to look up from the trail. This trail has ruined me. No other trails in the Central Louisiana area compare. The West side has a great 8-10 mile loop that is also very fun to ride and can get very fast at times but doesn't offer the same cardivascular workout that the east side can give. If you have time it's very easy to ride from one side to the other and back.

Recommended Route:
How much time to do you have? and what kind of ride are you looking for? beginners want to travel to the west side of the lake and access the trail from the Kisatchie Recreation area. There is a crossing just beyond the main entrance check-in station. I like to travel this loop from the entrance station toward the lake in a clockwise direction keeping the lake on your left. If you're looking for a fast fun ride and a great workout but are limited on time I'd go to the East boat ramp. You can ride 5 miles of singletrack and turn left at the first paved road. This will lead you back to Messina and the parking area. If you have at least 3 hours or more I recommend starting at the East Ramp and riding to the lamotte spur. Its about 7 miles to the lamotte spur which is at the long deck bridge. Travel the Lamotte spur (2.5 miles) until you reach the Kincaid Loop. Turn left at the loop and ride toward the Kincaid Recreation area. You're at the halfway point when you reach the swimming area. From there, I usually ride the road to the camping area and jump back on the loop. Ride until you reach the point where you accessed the loop and back track from Lamotte.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wild Azalea is rideable but not nearly as fun or well maintained.



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Review Date
May 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mojo37 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is in perfect condition right now. Only a few muddy spots, but overall it is very dry. Watch the sandy bottoms, they can be a little tricky. The park staff has done a lot of burning which has given a trail a different look around the Lamotte Creek, Wild Azalea Spur portions of the trail.

In my opinion, this is one of the toughest trail in Louisiana from a cardio-vascular perspective because of the long, challenging climbs, but the downhills are a blast. There is a lot of variety here....downhills, climbs, flowing sections, etc. This trail is really challenging but fun!

Recommended Route:
I started at the East Boat Ramp, because it is closer to Hwy 28. Going to the East Boat Ramp saves 20 minutes rather than going to the main entrance. Follow the Lakeshore trail until you get the 200 ft bridge. From the bridge, you have several options....Lamotte Creek, Kincaid Camp Loop, or you connect to the Wild Azalea Trail.



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Review Date
January 5, 2010

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: apiner ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If unfamiliar, finding & riding this trail(s) can be confusing. But it can also be very rewarding! You will ride to/near the confluence of several trails: Kincaid Lakeshore Trail, Lamotte Creek Trail, Kincaid Trail (loop @ rec area) & spurs to the Wild Azalea Trail. At one end of Wild Azalea is another small loop at Valentine Lake. Alot of confusion could be avoided if they would onlyy rename one of the two "Kincaid" trails.

Kincaid Lakeshore Trail is pretty sweet. Good flow and some good climbs for LA. Mostly remote and very scenic! Not very technical but some of the sand can get tricky at speed. Someone built a lone ramp near mile 4 that will launch you if you wish (very avoidable). Lakeshore Trail is ~ 7.5 miles long.

If you are not ready for climbs or have young kids, you will want Kincaid Trail, the loop around the Recreation Area. That still rolls but nothing steep at all....in fact seems a tad overgrown as most are riding Lakeshore, Lamotte & W.A...plus it gets the most sun. Beware the hikers & children here. Stickers a problem in summer.

Lamotte Creek contains several and is wet! But a nice challenge and also very scenic. Probably more technical than the other two.








Recommended Route:
I like starting at East Boat Ramp. It's 2mi south of Hwy 28 on FS273 (Messina Rd). From there you can go out & back, you can connect to Lamotte Creek and loop the Kincaid Trail back to Lakeshore, or you can create a smaller loop exiting near mile 5 onto one of two blacktop roads (they both become same street that intersects FS273) you will cross + FS 273. You can also easily add parts of Wild Azalea in either direction. Lots of options for mileage.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wild Azalea



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Review Date
March 27, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: stumonky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I stand corrected, I was reviewing the Wild Azalea Trail. The Lake Kincaid trail is more of a beginner trail - but still a good trail. However I would not rate any trail in LA a 5, except maybe Ruston. Even our (NOMAMBO) trail at the Spillway would be a 3 at best (very close to this Lake Kincaid trail). To get to some classic 5 rating trails go to Clear Springs or Oak Mountain.

Recommended Route:
I haven't ridden this trail in a while not sure what it is like anymore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ruston (best in LA), Hooper & Comite, Chicot, Spillway - for some road trips hit Womble or Ouachita in AR, Clear Springs in MS or Oak Mountain in AL.



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Review Date
February 7, 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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Reviewed by: Drew ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have to say coming from Hawaii I was expecting the worst however when I started on this trail I was pleased the scenery is very nice which alot of folks forget to see. It can run from 10, 15, to 31 depending where you get off my buddy and I always start in the parking lot. Now use your map because it will tie in to other trails and get you misorieneted...we did 50+ our first adventure. Watch out for the sandy bottoms and where full finger gloves(briars suck!) Anyway get on and ride it.



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