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Bonita Lakes

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Bonita Lakes is a series of trails connected by brief gravel/dirt/mud roads. Ride it once, discover a good route, then ride it again knowing where you are going. The trails are tight single-track, with long extended cardio-straining hills but long windy down-hills also. Its not too hard for the novice or beginner but challenging for the expert...there are several sections which balance becomes key...I rode it after mountain biking only a few months and really enjoyed it...plan to go back soon...
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Latitude
32.3560245458545
Longitude
-88.6617922782898
Trail Directions
The trailhead is in the park at Bonita Lakes right behind the new mall. Go to the back of the park. Park in the last lot and then bike back up the road about 300 yards. The trailhead is through the grass to your left...you will see it just before you come down the hill to the parking lot.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Meridian
   


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Review Date
June 5, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Footer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Really cool place to ride, even given the fact that there's not much else around. It's no comparison to Oak Mountain 2 hours east so I'd say if you're to the east just go to OM and if you're west, consider driving an extra 4 round trip if you're traveling to ride. OTOH, if you're staying in the Meridian area or passing through, it's a great place to ride.

I'd disagree with the posters who say that it's not technical. I think that the many, many roots (on slopes), tight turns and short ups and downs make it so. Not much on aerobic because it's lots of short ups and downs. Dozens of trails criss-cross trough the woods. Well-maintained. Even with the roots decent riders can ride clipless and stay on for the most part - need to pick your lines accurately. And think about your tires - I ran Nevegals - too knobby for this as I was deflecting off the roots up and down. I'd recommend short knobs/tread.

Recommended Route:
Not sure there is one as there are dozens of criss-crossed trails throughout. You can park near the boat ramp or in the parking area short of it and jump on the trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Homochitto near Bude about 2 hours west and Oak Mountain in B'ham.



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Review Date
March 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mitchman1982 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lots of un little trails in a tight place, you can get lost playing on the trails, but still never be far from being found again. There were a lot of roots, they were a bit annoying after the first 5 miles... but it had a lot to offer. I would ride these again if I am in the area.

Recommended Route:
just get lost on the paths and go play. You can 't get too far from anywhere.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clear Creak in Oxford is the frickin sweet.



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Review Date
August 18, 2005

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: finchOU ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
new to the area and started biking here about a three weeks ago. The trail off the "new" hiking trail..(heading south by the boat ramp) is the main trail i've ridden. I Stick to the Blue tape as it seems to be the most tagged route. There are intersecting trails all ove the place so be sure to look for the color codes for the trail you want to explore. I would say it is not very Tech. but there are some climbs that are challenging and force you to bring your A game to stay on the bike....there are a hell of a lot of Roots which makes the ride pretty rough/annoying for only a hardtail and this is my only major grip of the place (havent ridden in this terrain before..aka roots friggin everywhere).

I would say a great place for a beginer to slowly build climbing tollerance, balance technique and downhill control because of the up down nature of the trails. Also there is always an easy out for the "call it a day" crowd because of the new 6 foot wide small gravel hiking trail which the bike trail crosses from time to time. This new hiking trail leads you back to the starting point no questions asked...."get out of jail free" ride if you will.

Recommended Route:
Blue route for now...until I find/discover another route. Like i said above there are intersecting trails everywhere so be prepared to explore your own route for first timers. Most all of the trails are not ridden with that much frequency...so be carefull not to go off the trail. It might be hard to see the path at times. Word to the wise...becare when you ride after a storm...I've ridden this trail about 5 times and it seems every time I ride there is new dead fall blocking the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none yet.



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Review Date
May 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jibcleat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Bonita Lakes trails are some of the best in the state. They are well-maintained and there are a lot of them - much more than what has previously been estimated on these posts. Not very technical, but there are a lot of short (but steep) hills interspersed along with the usual flat rooty sections found in southeast US trails. Easy to ride if you are a beginner, but also good for a intense aerobic workout if that is what you are looking for. The trails are well maintained and marked with signs. Other people have complained that you have to share the space with horses, but it seems to me that everybody has separate routes now. There is obviously some "color code" at play here (with tape and or spray paint), but I haven't exactly figured it out yet - I have been following the blue tape which seems to leave me on hard packed single track.

Recommended Route:
Other people have suggested starting out on the right side of the road just after the pavilion (and there are some trails there) but what I like to do is park by the boat ramp and then ride south to where the park service is building the new road (you can see it from the parking lot) - ride around the gate and down the road and you will then see the trailhead about 30 yards in on the left. You can ride a long way - probably can get all the way around the upper lake if you wanted to.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Colorado (Jackson), Bude/Clear Springs but
Bonita Lakes is worth the drive from Jackson just to ride.



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Review Date
April 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: thiggy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are nice, worth it to check out if you are less than a half tank of gas away. But if you haven't been to clear springs check that out first. These trails are smooth sailing with a couple of nice size hills to go up and some nice views of the lake.

Recommended Route:
? when i first went i drove my car in to the left and started on the opposite side as the trail. this side sucks i felt like i was in the derby there is so many horse tracks. when you drive in go across the damn dam. you'll find the rest

Other recommended trails in the same area:
clear springs, bethel road



Comments
Phantom44 (10/13/2006)
Not trying to be a wise-ass but the reason you felt as if you were,"in a derby" as you put it, was because you were probably on the horse trail. There are signs with mounted horses pictured on them and there are signs with bicycles on them. You should follow the one with the bicycle. The signs are also color coded and should you follow the blue sign with the bicycle on it, you will find that the trails within also have blue ribbon or blue spray-painted spots on the trees to help you find your way.
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