Decided to check out some more of the trails in Lochloosa Wildlife Management area today. The plan was to ride from the east side over to the west side of the area and then check out Longleaf Flatwood Reserve. I mapped it out yesterday on mapmyride http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/76769944/ ... I stayed pretty close to the map.... but did wander a bit. VERY surprising how close the total distance came out too.
For the most part the trails/roads were all in pretty nice shape. There were areas of sand but for the most part not the "sugar sand" stuff. Just a few short stretches of the sugar sand. The sand that was on most of the roads had a good base under it, so you didn't sink in too much. The limestone and hard pack stuff was pretty fun to ride on.
When I first made it over to the Longleaf entrance I thought.... "these trails are going to suck" Right from the trail head it looked like there was going to be a LOT of sand. There was for about 1/3 of a mile and then the trail got overgrown a bit with grass. And then turned into a hardpack road for awhile. There was a bit of everything in Longleaf.. Sandy, grassy, two track and some hardpack roads. Some trails in the woods, some in areas that had been logged or burned awhile back.
Entering Lochloosa from the horse parking area on the G.ville Hawthorne trail in Hawthorne
One lane bridge that does't really look like it is needed...
Longleaf Flatwood trail head. When I looked at the trail heading off into the distance I was a bit worried that the trails were all going to be sand...
Just a few pictures of the different types of trails in Longleaf.
Camping area.... with a working hand pump well...
Even this stretch that looks pretty sandy in the picture wasn't too bad to ride on. The sand wasn't too deep.... so I didn't sink to much..