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Lake Perris Bike Trail, CA

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Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 8.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,517 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Author gummo
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Trips 196 map ( 907 miles )
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Dec, Mar
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Sun  5:33am - 5:52pm
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Perris Anyone?
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This loop is supposed to be 8.3 miles around the but it was closed off on the dam and did not appear to be opening up anytime soon. The bike loop is nice. Hardly anybody was there, but I assumed that it gets crowded on the weekends. There are petrogylphs, rock climbing, and mountain biking on the the south end. The north end of the lake is more for family activities, like boating, swimming, and horseback riding. There's a museum, but it was closed when I was there. I think there's an entrance fee ( link in fees/permits section ). There are signs posted everywhere, but I could not find a place to pay. Perhaps it is free during the week.

The trail is mostly paved and marked well, but it can be difficult to follow when you get into the parking and camping areas on the north end. You can bike off the main path, but the sandy soil made it tough to ride in some areas. Squirrels and lizards are frequently encountered along the path. There are some birding opportunities there, but for a big lake, it did not have as many birds as I would have thought. You can also rent bikes there.

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2014-03-20 gummo
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    CA State Parks - Fee: typically $2-$15 per vehicle, view more information

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    From the I-10 West, go onto Hwy 60. Exit Moreno Beach Drive. Moreno Beach Drive turns into Iris Drive. Look for the signs to Lake Perris Recreational Area. Note that there are more than one entrances to the park.
    page created by gummo on Mar 20 2014 11:38 am
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