Lime Ridge

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.56 out of 5
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Beginner
10.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 300 ft
↓ 300 ft
323
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
this has been a popular riding spot for YEARS. then, they built houses in half of the riding area then proceded to ban bicycles and close trails that riders built 15 years ago.
that being said, here is a map http://www.ci.walnut-creek.ca.us/pdf/map.lime%20ridge.pdf

the last time i rode there rangers had made their presence known. the most popular singletrack full of switchbacks and big berms (called mach 5) had been destroyed - large rocks placed in the middle and shrubbery had been uprooted and layed across the trail. such a shame, this was the trail that really got me into riding.

i used to live nearby, so i would ride there and do the paradise valley trail to ridge trail loop then head out. mach 5 starts at the water tower on the ridge trail. paradise valley is good to come down also, real smooth with lots of switchbacks. buckeye trail and manzanita trail are fire trails but have some tricky spots with rock gardens and gets pretty steep in a few spots.

also if you follow blue oak trail to where it meets at ohlone trail, there is a real tight singletrack there too. its not very long but it snakes through the trees and is super fun to ride fast. then you can ride through the tunnel that goes under ygnacio. on the other side of the road there is not much going on, just firetrails. watch out for hikers, i got yelled at for "scaring off the mountain lions" ??? yeah right, like they are going to come up to you and let you pet them.....
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Any particular trails you'd recommend? or any recommended way to connect the trails? -NJ2CA

A: Well none anymore as the whole hill is all on fire currently as on June 29 2018.

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Q: I just moved to the area and Lime Ridge is in my backyard. I wondering if there's a good technical/fun loop that can be done from the canal trail entrance. I heard there used to be a bunch of BMX jumps and flowy trails that were destroyed, any off the radar goods back there? If so, DM me. Thanks! -NJ2CA

A: Yes, there are many good flowy trails in the area. Most of the BMX style jumps have been removed, but there are still many flowy trails, singletracks, dropins, etc. Go up the hill and check out any of the old mining areas, lots of fun to be had. I was just up there yesterday with a bunch of friends.

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Granny Gear

July 24, 2017
Almanorkid Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a nice, short 5 mi out and back on mostly single track that's technically for hiking only, but has more bike tracks than shoe prints. There are alot of other hidden trails too but the main trail to the top of Lime Ridge and the Lime Ridge Trail is relatively smooth with some banked turns. Not recommended in the heat of a summer day since it can easily get 95 . I was out on an early sunday morn and saw a few other Mtb riders but no hikers on the trail.




Granny Gear

November 24, 2016
 
Review: I use Lime Ridge as much as I can, Awesome trails,Very close to my house ,and If you want the best ride go out on Sunday afternoon when a big game is on. Need to ride this area about a dozen times to find all the great spots hidden from the world.

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Granny Gear

April 15, 2016
 
Review: The entrance next to the tunnel beneath ygnacio is just down the street from my house so I bike from there often. There is really only one bikable way to go up from there for an Intermediate level climber. I have a 6 mile trail I have started to do a few times a week back through there. Once you get to the top there are a ton of different ways to get down ranging from the ski equivelent of beginner to double black diamond really a ton of fun. People do horseback on some of the wider trails that make some stretches pretty bumpy but its stilll a good trail. If you are within 30 minutes of here, I'd say its worth a go.




Granny Gear

April 15, 2016
 
Review: The entrance next to the tunnel beneath ygnacio is just down the street from my house so I bike from there often. There is really only one bikable way to go up from there for an Intermediate level climber. I have a 6 mile trail I have started to do a few times a week back through there. Once you get to the top there are a ton of different ways to get down ranging from the ski equivelent of beginner to double black diamond really a ton of fun. People do horseback on some of the wider trails that make some stretches pretty bumpy but its stilll a good trail. If you are within 30 minutes of here, I'd say its worth a go.






March 21, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Been riding here for 20yrs. Walnut creek open space has recently "improved" the single track up here, meaning they completely flattened it to knock out all the berms and have plans to do the same to all existing single track .



These are trails that were all built by mountain bikers but poached by the city and banned to bikers. The destruction they caused in the process is unbelievable. I am encouraging everyone to write to walnut creek open space and voice your disappointment from a pure conservation stand point since they have no sympathy towards bikers.



Strength in numbers, it's time they built US something!

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Bunny Hop

October 2, 2015
is Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Nice nothing to special has some single tracks but for hikers only bikes have to stay on fire roads but it is a nice work out and just down the road from the college easy to get to not to crowded but it is hot and sunny nice ride no huge climbs but a lot of gradual climing this is a place i will explore more. Izzy




Granny Gear

May 25, 2015
 
Review: That is my favorite part off mount bike because you keep blowing the area there is one rocky area on the top of the hill if you call straight down Amy's look like real good to come down but anyway it's fun to be there great workout and I love the place and I keep going




Poseur

July 22, 2009
 
Review: Well guys, I hate to say it but yet again another single track has fallen for us mtn. bikers. The hikers yet again win territory. Why can't we just all get along??? Not too long ago, a ranger told me that most of the trails are banned to riders. He said we could only ride trails greater than 8 ft. Anything less than 3 feet is off limits. What??? That's the fun singletracks you spoiler!!! Its really sucks. Then, on a separate occassion, a ranger volunteer threatned me by saying that he would report me to the rangers. Man, not only are we banned from being there, but our adversaries are doing their best to keep us off. As I was riding up a trail, I saw something shining on the ground. I stopped to see what it was. Guess what it was. 8 frickin nails nailed upside down in the sand/dirt!!! Not only is this messed up, but someones in soft shoes could hurt themselves. I hardly go there anymore for that reason.

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Granny Gear

June 29, 2009
 
Review: Ranger Rick is out in force lately. Me and 2 riding pals nearly got $300+ tickets for riding the single tracks. Bikes are only allowed on the fire-roads and they are starting to hand out tickets. If you are going to ride the single track, be careful!

* Review edited 6/29/2009




Bunny Hop

February 4, 2009
thedaver16 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: been riding here a lot lately, great place to go and explore to find some jumps, good fast single tracks and few spots with some technical sections (need to explore to find) There is some stuff here for everyone.





Lime Ridge MTB Trail 3.56 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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