July 4, 2009
As mentioned previously, this is a great beginner's trail. If all you do is the .9 mile loop around the lake, this doesn't even qualify as a mtn bike trail, as the path around the lake is wider than 6 feet throughout. However, on the southwest corner of the lake (assume riding counterclockwise), there is a singletrack trail that runs the southside of the lake. I think this is mainly used by people walking down to the lake to fish, so watch out for people. Once you cross Quail Lake Road, there is a short singletrack downhill then a very tame singletrack trail that leads to Venetucci near the theatre. Then you have a easy uphill climb, either on sidewalk or the bike lane, back up to the parking lot.
I took my 12 year old son here for his first trip and it was perfect for him to learn on. The one problem I had with the singletrack portions of this trail was it was very overgrown, and the weeds whip your legs as you ride by. Of course, we rode this in the beginning of July, so I guess that is to be expected. This would be a good trail to take a child or girlfriend you're trying to get into mountainbiking without scaring them. The only reason this doesn't get the "Easiest" rating is because of the short downhill singeltrack right across Quail Lake Rd.* Review edited 7/4/2009