Green Loop

The Green Loop circumnavigates Eagle Lake for a distance of just under eight miles. Although a little less technical than the Red Loop, the Green still has some pretty challenging sections. It also has great views of Eagle Lake, especially at sunset. The Green Loop starts at the trailhead (1) as a two track, following the remnant of one of the side streets of the old town of Lawler. The trail passes an old intersection (2) coming in from the right. Continue for few hundred feet looking for singletrack on the left (3). The trail meanders through an old homestead where only concrete and stone serve to confirm its past existence. The trail continues winding east paralleling the equestrian trail to the south on old Reese Rd. The trail crosses a large intersection (4) close to the exit from the Amusement and about 100 feet further merges onto old Reese Rd. (5). This section of Reese Rd. is designated biking and hiking only and should not have any equestrian traffic on it as you ride a long moderate downhill crossing the Red Loop trail. And continuing on to the end of the road where it turns into singletrack and runs parallel to the military boundary fence foe about 200 feet. The trail then crosses a culvert over the inlet to Eagle Lake.

greenThe trail then begins climbing a steep series of three technical switchbacks up away from the stream. At the top, the trail continues as meandering singletrack with mild changes in elevation. The trail encounters an old fence that used to enclose a mortar range. It follows the perimeter of the range on the west side. The trail then splits. To the left is the old mountain bike trail. Follow the right fork which leads to a downhill switchback, and then a gradual climb which ends by crossing the old trail. After crossing the old trail you will dive into a big gully, the first Gully Pucker, that rides like a half-pipe – technical, but FUN. A short climb with a nice view of Eagle Lake is followed by the second Gully Pucker half-pipe and another short climb that then dives down to cross a small brook. The brook cascades down the face of a tiny old dam, probably built by a homesteader and since silted in over the decades.

green1The trail winds down to the edge of Eagle Lake once again, and then begins a double switchback climb up and away from the lake. After another little down-and-up, the trail runs smack-dab into the chain-link fence separating the park from the military grounds. The trail makes a ninety-degree left and runs right along the fence for a hundred feet or so. It then leaves the fence and twists tightly through the woods and across a second small brook. The trail then skirts the edge of a large meadow (look for deer), then up a gradual climb through a stand of Blue Spruce, planted by the Boy Scouts over 50 years ago. The trail then crosses old Harmonia Road (6) and travels to the northern edge of the park before doubling back, re-crossing Harmonia (7) via a fun downhill with three narrow sweeps through the trees. A short climb precedes a straight and fast downhill that breaks into a smaller grassy meadow interspersed with more of those Boy Scout Blue Spruce. Another twisty climb and a very twisty downhill takes you the edge – the very edge- of Eagle Lake. On a hot summer day, this is a great spot to take a break, and maybe take a dip in the lake. This is a high use area for fishing and hiking along the lake, so keep an eye out.

Continuing along the lake the trail meets the Boat Launch for Eagle Lake at (8) and then climbs away from the lake and back into the trees. A tricky little down-and-up precedes a break out into a long narrow meadow that runs slightly downhill with wide sweeping turns (look for deer) for about a quarter mile. You will cross three abandoned streets (9), (10) and (11). Then it’s back into the woods, another tricky down-and-up, and a short section of old railroad bed before crossing Harmonia Rd. for the third time(12), and descending into bottom land. You’re in Sniper’s reroute. This is a very tight twisty section that has been rerouted four times thanks to a busy beaver that has caused the adjacent pond to flood the trail repeatedly. At the top of a short climb that takes you up close to a guard-rail (Dickman Rd. is on the other side. Stop here and look to your left – that’s the beaver dam. You can find a foot path that leads out to the dam (leave your bike off the trail). A little technical climb and a big log pile challenge you before dropping down to cross Harmonia Rd. (13) for the fourth time. The last section of singletrack winds through a stand of pines, before crossing the main park road (14), up an embankment, and along a half mile of two track returning you to the trailhead parking lot.