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Lambert Park (Alpine East Bench) Trail
This foothill area just outside Alpine has
over 16 miles of singletrack trails with many different riding options.
The ride has an
altitude gain of around 400 feet. Much of the trail would rate advanced-intermediate
because of bumpy terrain, quick turns, and tight spots. The trail clears of
snow by late February, and often can be ridden well into the dead of
|Getting there: From the
Alpine/Highland exit, drive 5 miles
towards the mountains, Turn left at the stoplight in Highland with the
grocery store and gas station. Drive 2 miles north into Alpine to the 4-way stop at 200
North. Turn right. At the next stop sign, turn left. Continue northeast on Grove
Drive for two miles. Just after a 90-degree R turn, you'll reach a T
in the road. Turn right, across the river. Keep
left at the fork and drive 0.25 mile on pavement, then turn right onto a dirt road and
drive 0.25 mile. The trailhead is on the right side of the road at the Rodeo
Grounds parking area, just below the elevated area of the arena itself.
A quick intermediate 7-mile tour:
1. Park at the rodeo arena and hit the Rodeo Trail 200
feet south of the arena. After crossing paved road, turn R on River Trail.
2. Ride south on river trail, crossing several dirt roads. When the River Trail turns back
north and crosses the water tank road (you'll see it uphill on your right),
it becomes Middle Trail.
3. Turn right on Ziggy, then right on Zag.
4. When Zag ends at White Dog, turn left downhill on Ziggy. Stay L on
Ziggy at the ZPC.
5. Reaching the Middle Trail again, turn right, then right on the Poppy Trail. Keep
left to descend the Ruin Trail. (When the trail hits the first rocky
road, jog right downhill about 30 feet to where the trail heads left again.)
6. Turn right on the Middle Trail. After crossing a DT, watch for the
Spring Trail forking uphill on your R. Climb to the top of the mountain.
7. Just after crossing the spot where the river gushes out of the
mountain, veer right. Keep right where Middle Spring forks off. Descend. Cross the road and turn onto Rodeo Up.
8. Follow Rodeo Up to parking, or fork R to climb Middle Spring if you
want to burn some more leg.
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