June 21, 2013
This is our go-to after work ride in the area. Traveling to Fountainhead/Lake Fairfax during the week means battling traffic both ways. But the Winchester Trails are easy to get to and offer a nice 1 hour workout.
The gravel/paved path loop is not the trail! You'll see single tracks darting in and out from the gravel loop. You can start at the parking lot, take the gravel path to the lake and then split off from there.
There are some fun sections of this trail for everyone. The back section by the high school fields has some nice technical climbs and descents with roots and water. Nothing overwhelming and great for all levels. It can get pretty chewed up when it rains. Overall, it's a flowy ride and good solid trail system for locals.