Caney Lake Trail - TRAIL

Caney Lake Trail - Trail, Minden, Louisiana

Single track through riparian vegetation, beautiful ride. There are three loops. The eastern most loop is very technical and for advanced to expert riders only. The middle loop is faster and more intermediate. The nature trail loop could be ridden by a person with low-intermediate skills.

User Reviews (17)

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Tony Angell   Weekend Warrior [Jan 10, 2015]

I rode this trail for the first time this morning and wanted to provide an updated review of it.
I rode the Sugar Cane Trail and checked out a few parts of the other two trails (there is a backway that locals know). The trails were well kept and clear the whole way. Bridges were solid and I didn't run into any down trees or even branches on trail. This after a couple of good winter storms and rains!
With it being winter, ticks weren't an issue at all. So I cannot comment on that issue. However, it is evident that there is a committed crew who has taken responsibility of these trails.
The Sugar Cane trail, which I rode, is a very fast, non-technical 5-mile ride around the lake. Hills are minor and it has a couple of creek crossings.
In fact, before riding the trail, I ran it to get acquainted with it.
The nice feature about the Sugar Cane trail is that you can easily add to it. The Konas leg adds 1.2 miles to the Sugar Cane trail and the Lost Woman trail makes it even longer. Which means these trails are welcoming of any level rider.

Customer Service

Sugar Cane Trail = 5 miles (beginner)
Sugar Cane + Konas = 6.2 miles (Intermediate)
Lost Woman = 10 miles (I think) (more Advanced)

Similar Products Used: Lincoln Parish Park has a great trail.
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5
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4
LeftyKyle   Cross Country Rider [Apr 06, 2009]

Not real impressed. Drove 13 hours to ride Ruston & was rained out. This was the only open trail we could find. The "newer" area has some good climbs and drops, but the trails are poorly marked. There was way too much junk in the trails. one of the guys with us got a stick in his spokes and thrashed his derailur. Probably a 6 out of 10 trail, but our dissappointment and the boken derailur really gave us a bad taste.

Customer Service

Probably better riding in the area from what I have read on MTBR.

Similar Products Used: NA
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2
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4
nickburton60   Weekend Warrior [Jul 11, 2008]

Trail not maintaned at all, several large trees down in trail. ATVs have been riding the trail and have torn up the ground. The ground is so soft that just riding on level ground is miserable and climbs are nearly impossable. There are a few differant trails and they are poorly marked as to where they are and which way they go.

Customer Service

Sugar Cane Trail seems to be the best kept, but even that is bad.

Similar Products Used: Go to Bodcau trail instead.
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1
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5
Jimmy10   Weekend Warrior [Jun 04, 2005]

Disappointed..The part of the trail that I rode was good in terms of good climbs and downhills BUT; The trail needs to be maintained better. Brush needs to be cleared and fallen trees blocking the trail need to be moved as well. I rode the first two miles and had to dismount and walk around fallen trees 3 or 4 times. Then there was the problem of ticks. At the last fallen tree, I noticed my left leg was covered in ticks. I was told by one of the park employees to follow the white diamonds. Well, no problem finding white diamonds...they are everywhere!! Parts of the trail were a little confusing to figure out. It would be a big help to make first ride with someone familiar with the trail. Don't bring your dog and take a large can of tick repellant if there is such a thing.

Similar Products Used: Lincoln Parish Park...Awesome!! I ride this trail 5 to 7 times out of a two week period. Well taken care of. James and all the crew of the park work hard at keeping the place up. Great Ride!!
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0
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0
Leonard   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2003]

Man nice trail! Fast to ride in most places, a few nice climbs, but it is not well marked and hard to follow. I rode at the end of sept. never got off the bike, hundreds of frikin ticks, Tiny Ticks. Everywhere ticks ticks ticks, A hatchery! What do you do. I would love to ride here again after a good freeze. Its really a nice park. Pretty woods, nice trails. Mind the parasites See Ya'

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4
VALUE
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3
Adam Rupper   [Feb 11, 1999]

Luscious, tight, and curvy single track. Beautiful scenary, though you'll have little time to look unless you're at a dead stop. I rarely see more than one or two other riders on the trail. This trail is more technical than Lincoln Parish Park and definetly not as fast, but I enjoy it more than Lincoln Parich because of the technical challenge.

Customer Service

Ride across the earthen dam and head west (I messed up the direction on the description, the advanced trail is the western most one)when you come to a fork, take the right fork this will lead you on the largest loop.

Similar Products Used: Lincoln Parich Park
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5
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Jimmy Smith   [Feb 26, 1999]

There are a total of 4 different trails you can pick from. Beginner (5 miles), Intermediate (6 miles), Expert-Lost Woman (3 miles), This will kill your ass trail- Clockwork Orange (2 miles).


Beginner - Cross levee between upper and lower lakes, take left at bottom of hill onto beginner trail. Follow single track around upper lake. Stay on trail clostest to lake, keep left. Trail will circle upper lake and end up back at boat ramp area.
--- The beginner trail is mostly flat with a couple of moderate hills, a good trail for the family. Some nice views of the lake. Just beware of the roots (my friends wife tattooed one of these with her chin).

Intermediate - The intermediate trail is a branch off of the beginner trail. About 1.5 miles into the beginner trail (going CCW) take the right at the "Y", you should see yellow flagging at the entrance and exit from the intermediate trail. The intermedate trail joins back into the beginner trail at about the 2.5 mile mark. Take a right on the beginner trail and this will take you back to the boat launch area.
--The Intermediate trail has several challenging hills, plus several good, fast rolling sections. Don't bring your wife.

Expert--(Lost Woman) - To get to the expert trail go across the levee and up the hill. Follow fire road for .5 miles, you will come up on a right hand turn with pink flagging, (if you reach the "T" in the road you have gone about 50 yds too far). Follow the trail staying to the right untill you come out back at the levee.
-- Expert consists of numerous steep climbs with off camber turns and loose downhills. There is a section of very tight single track where you are traveling along the side of a steep hill and the trail is less that 1 ft wide. Not for the faint of heart.

This will kill your ass trail (Clockwork Orange)--
This trail branches off of the Lost Woman trail at about the 1 mile point. You will see a sharp left turn with orange flagging and a sign stating Clockwork Orange trail. Follow trail untill it meets back up with the Lost Woman (expert) trail. Take a left to complete the expert section.
-- This trail is insane to the max. Do not attempt unless you can complete the Lost Woman (expert) trail with relative ease. Trail consists of several gnarly climbs and desents which head straight into the lake.

Customer Service

Take exit 531 north from I-20, go through 4-way stop at hwy-80, continue north on 531 through red light at hwy-79. Road changes name to Country Club Circle, follow this road about 3 miles untill it hits hwy-159. Take right on 159 and go about 3 miles. You will see Kisatchie National Forest / Caney Lake sign. Take left and follow road about 2 miles. Take left into park. Pay $2.00 at pay station. Take left hand turn just after pay station and follow road to second right hand turn. This is the upper lake boat launch area. Park here.

Similar Products Used: Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, LA
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5
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Eric   [Jun 03, 1999]

I am in Louisiana for a couple of weeks visiting my sister in Shreveport. I had a lot of fun on these trails although there were a few concerns. The intermediate and beginner loops were not very well marked, and with so many trails branching off from them it was diffucult to determine if I was on the right track. On the other hand, the expert and Clockwork Orange loops were very well marked and challenging. These are definitely worth checking out if you're looking for trails with a little diffuculty. Clockwork Orange starts out with a easy ride, but stick with it and you'll hit the good stuff. I saw some deer, rabbits, and even a couple snakes (not something I have to worry about in Wisconsin)! The major drawback to this area is its amazing number of biting flies. I was constantly swatting them off myself. Oh, and check yourself for ticks when you finish riding, too. Overall, I would recommend this area to any fairly advanced rider in search of a good time, just bring lots of bug repelent.

Customer Service

From I-20 take hwy 159 (Lewisville Rd) and simply follow the signs to Caney Lake Park. Follow Jimmy Smith's reccomendations in his review on where to park.

Similar Products Used: Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston.
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4
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S. Hughes   [Jan 06, 2000]

I have friends in Bossier and visit every couple of months. I brought my bike and had a chance to ride over the holidays. It was fantastic; I rode Caney 3 times in 10 days (also rode Lincoln Parrish twice and Bodcau).
Once inside the park, finding the trails the first time is a little difficult. There is not a trail map at the pay booth. I found the hiking trail signs (small white circular signs) and followed them. The loop that leads back to Yellow Snow, Lost Woman, and Clockwork Orange is a nice warm up. The first time out I did not follow the trail long enough to find the good stuff. Yellow Snow, Lost Woman, and Clockwork Orange are a blast. Just technical enough to keep you on the edge with good climbs and decents. Very fun and fast single track. Out of the three trails in the Bossier area Caney is the best; equally as technical as Lincoln with harder climbs and fewer users, more isolated. Bike will be standard equipment on future trips to Bossier.

Customer Service

Easiest way is I-20 to Minden, exit on HWY 159, follow 159 thru town (several turns) and then follow the signs to Caney Lake Recreation area.

Similar Products Used: Bocau: if you want to work on climbing technique.
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5
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gary   [Feb 18, 2000]

the trail has three loops to offer. the two loops on the right side are tight single tracks. some short steep climbs without much downhill action. the one one the left is mostly a flat trail around the lake that ends up being pretty fun if you push it and make it fast. to bad the could not make better use of some of the hills on the right side other than just climbing them. it is frustrating that when you get a little speed up and then have to brake hard to make a hairpin turn to climb a short hill again. the clockwork orange section that claims to be the expert trail is not challenging like i would have expected. it is just those short climbs and momentum stopping curves at the bottom of the hills. most riders that are in descent shape can ride it in the middle chain ring. but it is not a bad trail to do every few months

Similar Products Used: bodcau, ruston, womble, little blackley
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3
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