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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +444/ -259 ft
Total: 41 riders

Mountain Biking Lime Ridge

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#162 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#2,293 in the world

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.....

First added by pyros46290 on Mar 15, 2008. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
from 680 take ygnacio valley road to concord. when you stop seeing houses and start driving up a big hill, that is lime ridge. there is parking at the first stop light once you get up and over the hill. park there at the gate and there is a map posted at the sign.
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Q: Any particular trails you'd recommend? or any recommended way to connect the trails?

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!
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.