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Wild Azalea Trail

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Wide singletrack that runs through remote forest. a few creek crossings. It intersects with the Lakeshore trail at Kincaid Lake. Trail used to be hiking only and it was changed about 7 years ago to a Hike and Bike.
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Latitude
31.239297515320857
Longitude
-92.68291711807251
Trail Directions
From Alexandria go Hwy 28 west to Gardner at flashing light take left, go 1/4 mile take another left Heading towards Valentine Lake Recreation Area., the trailhead is right near the entrance to Valentines Lake camp grounds on your left. ( You can just follow the Forest service signs to the Camp ground from Hwy 28 west) The trail meanders through thewoods and comes out in Woodworth.
Trail Length
34
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Alexandria
   


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Review Date
August 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mojo37 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I started at the West Boat Ramp on Kincaid Lake and took Wild Azalea to Valentine Lake. All in all, this was a great ride. Other than a few down trees, the trail was in excellent shape. Several good climbs, but the down hills are a blast! This trail route has some nice single track, good climbs, some double wide trails, some good pedaling sections, and some great down hills. From west boat ramp to Valentine Lake is a little over 9 miles. Overall, very fun and challenging ride. I highly recommend this trail!

Recommended Route:
Start at West Boat Ramp on Kincaid Lake, take a right on Camp Loop trail to come out to the pay station. Hit Wild Azalea Spur and take a right on the Wild Azalea Trail. This will take you all the way to Valentine Lake. Trail is in pretty good shape, with the exception of few down trees.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lakeshore Trail, Clear Springs, Sam Houston



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Review Date
June 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jeeper006 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very fun trail. i usually start at FSR 273 ( evangeline camp ground) then head to Valentine lake area. Trail has lots of climbs and downhills. sandy sections with a lot of root beds mixed all throughout. All in All this trail is a blast.


There is also the Lakeshore trail which is at the Kincaid East landing is a little easier and doesn't have as many rooty sections and is a little flatter....

I highly reccomend the Wild Azelae trail to anyone.

Recommended Route:
FSR 273 evangeline campgrounds toward Valentine lake.

I've never ridden the trail towards Woodworth

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lakeshore trail



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Review Date
May 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: courtneypool78 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
the trail is alot of fun, its pretty sandy soil so some of the corners are very sandy and where the rain has pooled the sand. it can be ridden pretty fast. there aren't many rocks or roots in the trail, a few roots on the steeper climbs, the bigest obstacles are probably fallen trees, but the trail is kept up well so there are't alot of those either. the trail passes kincaid lake and there a few loops around the lake that break off of the Azalea Trail.

Recommended Route:
There are 7 Trail heads along the Trail, I use the one that starts at lake valentine.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/calcasieu-rd/evangeline/trails/wild-azalea.htm This is the web address for one of the best maps I have found for this Trail also most of the trail heads have printed map pamphlets for Free.



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Review Date
April 21, 2010

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: leehofung ,  Racer

Summary:
Flat trail??????? where the hell were these guys riding? they must have been riding the paved road in Woodworth. the biggest hills in LA are on these trails. there is about 20 miles of other trail in this area that is not part of the Wild Azalea. often people think that every trail is a part of Azalea. this trail is over 26 miles in length & can be broken up & ridden in sections. each section is uniquely diverse in its own way. some sections are fast & flowing, while others are grueling & technical. there IS a great deal of climbing on the Wild Azalea Trail. some sections have much more tan others. at this moment, i would say that 80% of the entire trail is in excellent riding condition.

Recommended Route:
a map of the trail systems can be down loaded here.
http://rrcbicycles.com/Riding%20Map%20of%20Wild%20Azalea%20Trail.pdf
i like to park at Evangeline Camp, off of FS 273. head west towards Valentine Lake. when u get there, turn around & head back. that's close to 20 miles. or you could head south towards woodworth. it's about an 18 mile trail ride to woodworth w/ some phenomenal trail. i skip the 6.5 mile section between Fs 273 & 208 due to the mud this time of yr. i take a cut through road to 208 & follow it to the next trail head. from there you can zoom another 6 miles into woodworth.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all of the other trails in the area are awesome.



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Review Date
April 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wood78221 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I really enjoyed this trail. It has a mix of small hills, and flatter areas. It would be a great ride for any level of experience. I always start from the FS-273 Evangeline camp area, which can be accessed from Hwy 28 West.

Recommended Route:
Evangeline Camp Area



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