Issaqueena Lake Area - Trail, Clemson, Carolina

Issaqueena Lake Area - Trail, Clemson, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Hard packed single trac everywhere you look. Some technical climbs but mostly middle chain ring kick butt stuff. Enjoy.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 21, 2010]
Frodellio
Cross Country Rider

I found the easiest way to get there is to leave downtown Clemson, go under the RR tressel, over the lake, then take a left onto old six mile road. Wind up the mountain then park in the lot next to the Issaqueen Dam Road (since you can't park at the bottom anymore). Take the trail to the right of said road then take the left fork. Fast downhills and nice stream crossings. Towards the second half of the trail, the views of the lake are spectacular. There is a rope swing towards the end if you break a sweat (which you will). The trail winds down to the bottom the Issaqueena Dam Road and you end up at the dam. NOW you have the climb the road which is by far the hardest part... Awesome ride; used to do it everyday after classes ---WARNING--- Watch out for horses! You'll get some good speed up and come around a corner just to staring at a horse's ass...

Customer Service

Dam. Rd.

Similar Products Used:

All the fire roads around and attached to the Dam Rd./ Dalton rd. Campus riding

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 22, 2009]
ScottM
Weekend Warrior

This is a great set of trails with a wide variety of options and some beautiful scenery down by the lake and dam as well. There are good spots to just sit and rest and enjoy the view and some great, challenging downhills and switchbacks. The only negatives I would say are that the trails are not marked much at all, so you have to have at least a general idea of which way to go, and if you're tentative at all you won't like the lake trail which is 16-24" wide and then a pretty steep drop-off toward the lake. Oh, one more negative, I wish it were closer to me!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 05, 2008]
steveinathens
Weekend Warrior

Writing this review to share the new map with everybody. I found this on Flickr, best map of the trail system i've found to date:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brado1/2435970785/

Enjoy!!

Just rode this yesterday, it was beautiful!!

Customer Service

Dam Road Trail down to the dam, then the lake trail, then lawrence trail back to the parking area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 11, 2008]
yellowparagon06
Weekend Warrior

I'm down from va working LOL. Rode the trail twiced so far and man I love it. I could go there every day it's got everything fast,slow,long fire roads uphills and the pucker factor along ridge with bank going down to the lake. but that's what it's all about. If you go remember that you start at the top of the hill. the downhills are fun but you do have to come back up to the top.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 13, 2006]
tlymtb
Cross Country Rider

Awesome network of trails! Single track, dirt roads, a little climbing, roots, rocks, screaming downhills, even a dual slalom course! There are so many trails all over this place that you need a map or a local to show you around, I think Sunshine Cycles in Clemson has pretty good maps. I have been riding here for probably 8 or 10 years & I have to say this is probably my favorite place in the area to ride! You can get 4 + hours in and really not ride the same trails twice.

Customer Service

Really all of, but the lake loop has to be the highlight!

Similar Products Used:

Bent Creek, Tsali, Conyers INTL Horse Park, Gainesville, GA.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 24, 2005]
Irish
Cross Country Rider

Great ride, so many trails to choose from. Only negative I have is the horses on the trail. Here is a link to the local clubs web site, there are some very good maps of the trails here. http://www.gcmbc.com/main.html

Customer Service

You got to do the Issaqueena Dam Trail. Beautiful views, and a fun ride. From the trail head take a right, follow the trail downhill, lots of fun jumps, rocks, and roots. When you come to a trail marker, I like to take the Lawerence Trail to the Dam Trail. For a change of pace and to hit several jumps from the entrance go to the left parrell to the fireroad, called Collarbone.

Similar Products Used:

Paris Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 17, 2004]
seenvic
Cross Country Rider

Awesome area to ride bikes. GO RIDE HERE! Great trails.

Customer Service

I was just out riding, making split second decisions at every intersection and just hoping I'd find the car after 2-4 hours! But I think I parked in the main parking lot, managed to make it to the Lake Trail and eventually to the Dam. Headed up the gravel road, cut left into some ST that led me to the car, eventually.

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Pisgah is not too far.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 10, 2004]
hamer_vanguard
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding these trails for 15 years now, and i've helped to build almost half of them. All told, there are probably 70-100 miles of singletrack and fire roads here... mostly singletrack. Most trails have no obstacles that any intermediate rider couldn't handle. The trails are fast, and there's a good bit of variety. They also happen to revolve around a lake and it's surrounding ridges, so you can take a dip after a long summer ride. Stop by the local bike shop for a map... Trails are all named, but not marked by signs or anything.

Customer Service

Average trail length is about 2 miles or so. You can plan a route with lots of different loops, to get some variety.

Similar Products Used:

Pisgah Nat'l Forest, NC -- Dupont State Forest, NC -- Tsali trail system, NC

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 29, 2004]
azmtb
Cross Country Rider

This trail is AWESOME! I would prefer it if it were designated one direction. Then you could really move! The trail is a tad above beginner level, and has a few roots and one rock outcropping, but is otherwise easy. Having ridden in AZ and Moab along with Tsali and Pisgah, I can vouch that this is one of the best trails in the US! Did I mention the views...

Customer Service

toward the dam.

Similar Products Used:

Dalton road / chainbreak reroute.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 16, 2003]
prana425
Weekend Warrior

I liked this trail alot. It can be a challenge when wet, due to the abundance of roots on the trail. I'd say that these trails range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. Also there's a great spot for a kodak moment on top of the dam.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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