Fort Ord Trails - Trail, Monterey, California

Fort Ord Trails - Trail, Monterey, California

DESCRIPTION

Numerous single tracks, fire roads, abandoned roads, and closed paved roads for riding.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 06, 2007]
vinnyl26
Weekend Warrior

This is a great area. Lots of different options on trails. Some really tight downhill fun single track to wide open fireroads. You can ride this placea dozen times and sill find new trails.

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Henry Coe, Toro

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 13, 2006]
creecrop
Cross Country Rider

my family and friends have have been riding these parts since the base has closed.before BLM and the local towns moved in , they are welcome, as are all.always meeting new riders and still after all these years still finding new trails. from day to nite rides . from single track to fireroad.from hard pack to sand . from wet to dry. THE DIRT IS OURS

Customer Service

HIGHWAY ONE FT. ORD EXIT BEHIND D.O.D. ROAD ENDS RIDE BEGINS . FROM SALINAS HIT LAGUNA SECA RACE TRACK HEAD TO THE TOP OF RACE TRACK STEEPEST CAMP GROUND START BOMBING OR HEAD INTO DEL REY OAKS RIGHT INTO THE WOODS

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SOME KILLER LOOPS OUT IN THE VALLEY .....WATCH OUT FOR FENCES AND SHOT GUNS

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 13, 2006]
creecrop
Cross Country Rider

my family and friends have carving trails since the base has closed, before BLM , and other local towns moved in . have seen some good changes from trail support to meeting new riders daily , like other reviews every thing is here, day to nite rides , single track to fire roads,hard pack to sand, this is a moutain bikers disney land with any level of technacal terrain..good buddie of mine broke collar bone 9 months ago on the "up and down trail" ..rider up- its probaly me,see you on the trails oh ya maps are availible on the nature signs thank you BLM..THE DIRT IS OURS!!!

Customer Service

highway 1 ft.ord exit behind the D.O.D road ends, park and ride coming from salinas hit laguna seca race track park at camp grounds single track on top that is h.68 or continue into DEL REY OAKS head into the hills of ft. ord

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toro park behind old CHP , some spots out in the valley watch out for fences and shotguns

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2006]
robrides
Cross Country Rider

Great trails as everyone has said. Just wanted to point you to my Google Earth file for your viewing pleasure. This the area that I usually stay in. I change the trails up every ride. Usually do about 12 - 15 miles...about 2 hours for me. I usually start at the park entrance near Portola Dr.
http://www.angelfire.com/my/mountainbiketokyo/fort_ord-portola_laguna_seca.kmz

If you don't have Google Earth yet, get it free here: http://earth.google.com/

Enjoy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 15, 2004]
Que vola
Cross Country Rider

Since I started riding, my dream has always been to have epic rides right out my back door, and the Ord pretty much gets me there. The Ord backcountry is covered in singletrack, and it's totally possible to do 4-hour rides without ever having to backtrack. The area is basically desert; it's too loose and sandy for any big trees to grow, so you get mostly chaparral and sagebrush with a few small forested bits. The northwestern corner of the backcountry, close to the army base and the CSUMB campus, is flatter and sandier than the rest; a good place for newbies. Most of the trails here are unmarked, so keep an eye out from high ground for landmarks. The eastern part of the area (which includes the actual BLM land and Sea Otter) has marked, maintained trails that are generally a lot steeper. Most of the geology in this area is sandstone, so there are some rock gardens here and there if you know where to look. The Ord isn't technically difficult, although some of the climbs can be pretty brutal, it compares to Boggs Mountain or Wilder, sort of. Most of the singletracks are pretty tight and full of blind corners, though, and they're enough to test anybody's XC riding. Fort Ord is definitely worth a day trip from Santa Cruz or the Bay, as long as you've got a local to show you around. On your own, finding your way through the Ord can take a while. Bring plenty of water and Powerbars, and an all-day bike. Anything over 35 pounds will kick your ass out here.

Customer Service

There's a copy of the BLM trail map on several different websites. It's pretty hard to read on the computer, but it will at least tell you how to get here. Park on Portola Road off of Reservation and Highway 68 (or if you're lucky like me, ride from your house) and grab a copy of the trail map from the bulletin board just past the gate. Trails worth looking at are #s 39, 41, 43, and 75, as well as all the ones marked as 'singletrack mountain bike trails' on the map. The BLM map is pretty small and confusing, and it doesn't show elevation, and a lot of the trail signs are easy to miss, so count on getting lost a few times. Just keep your bearings, and remember to stay on singletrack; a lot of the fire roads turn into sand pits.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 20, 2004]
Bobber
Weekend Warrior

I just rode Fort Ord for the first time...great place, not too technical (Redrock) but some nice, long, fast singletrack (Goat trail/Couch Canyon) and plenty of stuff in between. The fire roads make the climbs easier and the scenery is great. I hope to go back as soon as I can.

Customer Service

Get a Map from one of the bike shops. Redrock is fun but short, Couch canyon, Goat trail for sure, just ride till you can't ride no more!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 28, 2003]
mrr1968
Cross Country Rider

Fort Ord, Ft Ord, Ft Ord. I mainly ride the East side (Laguna Seca/CHP/ Toro Park side) and I give it a 5 for proximity to my house. And probably a 3 1/2 to a 4 for variety...(Only because I am spoiled having ridden back there for over 5 years now and it is beginning to get ho hum same ole same ole). But!! don't let me fool you! If you have never ridden Fort Ord... You will likely rate it a 5... and why not? What's not to love about Ft Ord? It's good enough for the Sea Otter Classic. The climbs are good and long and steep in some places and the singletrak tight w/ some berms, switchbacks and a few small drop offs. Fort Ord is a smorgashbord of delectable smatherings of trail types. I love having such a choice of terrain in my back yard... Hint: If you dont know the sea otter course and want to ride it without getting lost, do it before the races in March/April when they mark it plainly.

Customer Service

If you want single track, climb Engineering canyon road to get to Three Sisters to Ewok ... then climb back up a fire road (skyline)and either head over to couch canyon or take a left on skyline to corkscrew which will kick you out to Goat trail. Goat ends at a fire road by a seasonal lake bed. Climb it to the very top and go right at the top. This section of fire road has a series of six or seven fun jumps on it at the not too steep part. Catch some great air but watch for ruts on the downside of these berms. If you stay on it to the end you hit pavement. Also, before the jumps you can pick up No Name trail that kicks you out to Engineering canyon. If you want some technical rutted out but rideable trail (if yer good & ballsy) include Redrocks in the loop right at Three Sisters and before Ewok.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 07, 2003]
Mountbiker88
Cross Country Rider

The Fort Ord Public Lands offer the most wonderful trails that I have seen. You have the less technical but fun climbs and downhills (East Garrison) and you have the more hard but funner downhills (if you like downhills)on the Portola highway 68 Exit. The view from the top of Fort Ord is amazing. You can see almost all of Salinas and Marina. I have seen 1 Mountain Lion, a pack of skunks, moths, insects, bugs, lizards, Wild turkeys and a bunch of other animals.

Customer Service

Its hard to recommend just one route, but if I had to say just one, it would be the Goat Trail (Trail 41).

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I have not been on the Redrock Trail (42), but from what I hear it's fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 15, 2002]
Scott Gibbons

After a month of riding this area every week I am still finding new stuff every time, and there is every imaginable terrain and skill level out at Fort Ord. Got to watch out for the sand in some places, it tries to grab you and yank you off your bike. I also get that X-File feeling that something is still going on here, and that this base being closed is just a cover.

Customer Service

Still finding this one out. From the parking area head east to the Public Lands, as at that point the trails are actually numbered. Maps are available at most local bike shops, but I have found them confusing as there are so many trails.

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Tried the ridge trail at Andrew Molera in Big Sur...dammed near killed me.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 20, 2002]
Steve

Everything from wide fire roads to very narrow singletrack. You can also ride the Laguna Seca race route.

Customer Service

Too numerous to list. I have maps and photos of several routes at: http://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike

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RATING
5
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