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Fort Ord

Basics
Location:
Salinas
Length:
9 - 11 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
0 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

Fort Ord features miles of dirt roadway and singletrack riding for bikers of a variety of ability levels. Fort Ord was established during World War I for artillery practice and field maneuvers and was at times home to over 25,000 infantry. Now managed by the BLM, Fort Ord features a selection of well-marked routes for riders to enjoy.

The roads and trails at Fort Ord travel through a mixture of mazanita and oak forest with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean, the California coast and Monterey Bay. There are some seasonal creek crossings along the trails and roadways and a lot of poison oak. Off trail exploring is highly frowned upon due to the continued existence of old arsenals and explosives areas within Fort Ord.

Details

Location:
Salinas
Length:
9 - 11 miles
Several Loops in area to choose from
Difficulty:
Some tough climbing, sandstone riding requires skill
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
2 - 3 hours
Time may be extended by addition of more loops
Trailhead Elevation:
0
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

The Fort Ord is multi-use and riders should understand and practice appropriate right of way protocol. Riders should be prepared with a first aid kit, bike repair kit and extra water and food. Riders should take note that there is potential for injury during off-trail exploration due to old arsenals and explosive areas in Fort Ord. A map of the area may come in handy.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Highway 1 near Seaside take the Reservation Road/Marina Exit and go east. Take Reservation Road to the park entrance (around 5-6 miles). Turn into East Garrison Entrance of Fort Ord. Follow signs to parking.


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