Kincaid Lake Trail - TRAIL

Kincaid Lake Trail - Trail, Alexandria, Louisiana

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Jonathan   Weekend Warrior [Jan 10, 2011]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Wild Azalea is rideable but not nearly as fun or well maintained.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Mojo37   Weekend Warrior [May 09, 2010]

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!

Customer Service

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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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
apiner   Cross Country Rider [Jan 05, 2010]

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.








Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Wild Azalea
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Michael   Weekend Warrior [Jun 08, 2009]

Well, I am a new mountain biker. But for me this trail was fun. I like the wild life! I seen Bald egals and deer and much others. Around the lake you can bring a pole with you can hit up some spots. The trail is not to over used! For me very fun! I will hit up the other side trails soon!

Customer Service

ANY

Similar Products Used: Not yet!
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
apiner   Weekend Warrior [Feb 15, 2009]

The Kincaid Lake Trail has some descent hills for LA but is definitely not very technical...just smooth rolling. You can at least make it more so with some speed. In winter, you get some nice views of the Lake. Trail connects to The Wild Azalea Trail in two spots (middle & end-starting from North Boat Launch), allowing you to create a loop(s). It's fairly well marked except for a spot south of the Kincaid Recreation area somewhere near the joining of Wild Azalea where it forks between a power line and a random-short forest road (which ironically had the only opty for jumping).
Surreal moment, riding through a controlled burn area where the only leaves ARE the trail.

Customer Service

Take 28 West and turn when you start seeing hills and trees to your left. North boat launch is then just down to your right.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
flatlandthrasher   Weekend Warrior [Jun 20, 2008]

I'm reviewing the Lakeshore Trail. The trailhead is at the East Kincaid boat ramp. I was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA (Southwest Louisiana), so I do not have any hills to ride but the Lakeshore trail does offer pretty good ups and downs. The downhills can get fast with sand waiting for you at damn near all the hill bottoms. There are not any technical areas throughout the trail but the trail provides some great scenery through the remote forrest area. Roots and hills are all that's required to get past but an overall great trail to ride.

Customer Service

East Kincaid boat ramp to the 100 foot bridge, aka One Rail Bridge (6 miles), then turn around and head back making it 12 miles total.

Similar Products Used: Wild Azalea (connects to the Lakeshore Trail), Lincoln Parish Park (2 hours North in Ruston)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Phil   Cross Country Rider [Dec 28, 2007]

For the most part, my buddies & I only MTB during the winter. Being in Lafayette, Kincade really is the closest thing (asside from Hooper in Baton Rouge)we have to a near trail (100 miles form closest trailhead sucks!).
With more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails and multiple trail heads, this area offers some of the most scenic riding in LA. It's probably the only trial I've even been on that gets better after a rain. Since there is a fair amount of sand, a little rain goes a long way to tighten things up and really rolls a lot faster that when dry.
There is nothing technical about this trail (compared to Hooper or Ruston or even Clear Springs) but it will make you work. With an occasional hill that you may need to granny, most of the course rolls.

Customer Service

There are several places to drop in (West Boat Launch, East Boat Launch, Evnageline Camp, Lake Valentine, etc.).
The typical route we take starts and finishes at the West Boat Launch. We start by heading south on single track crossing 2 paved roads until we get to the long bridge. On the west side of the bridge, we typically turn right at the "T" heading in the direction of Evangeline Camp. At the next "T" we take a right heading towards the Azalea Trail. At the next intersection the choise it to continue towards Valentine Lake or take a left and run up to the West Kincade pay station/ cmaping area. From here, we do an out and back to Valentine or take the trail to Valentine and the road back around to the West pay station. The return trip is the same in reverse. If you do all trail it's 30... Take the road from Valentine back to the West end it's about 32... If you addin the West Lake Shore trail, its a little longer.

Similar Products Used: Hooper- Baton Rouge
Lincoln PArich Park- Ruston
Clear Spring- Mississippi east of Natchez
Not really in the area:
Womble & Ouachita Trails- Mt. Ida Arkansas
Oak Mt.- Birmingham, Alabama
Flat Rock Ranch- Comfort, Texas
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Steven   Weekend Warrior [Jul 13, 2007]

A few of us ride the trails at Kincaid every week. There is enough trails and loops to mix and match so you can go many times and never ride the same. I loved this trail. It has some technical and some hills, the scenery is great. We scared up deer. I went last week 7/7/07 and the first few miles of trail had recently been cut back. It was nice. If you do the Kincaid Loop trail you are never far from roads or facilites.

Customer Service

We park in the parking lot at the pay station and begin the trail there. You can ride the entire loop and come out on the other side of the street at the same parking lot. It is handy. It is 10 miles of all trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
stumonky   Cross Country Rider [Mar 27, 2004]

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: 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.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Drew   Cross Country Rider [Feb 07, 2004]

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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