If you ride San Luis Obispo’s Mt. Madonna, you don’t have to stick to the fire-road climb we featured in an earlier post. There’s a fast and twisty little diversion of singletrack called the Lemon Grove Loop, taking you along the side of the mountain through grassy fields and shady ravines.
If you feel more ambitious and want to circumnavigate the mountain on mostly singletrack, you can peel off Lemon Grove Loop and ride across cow pastures to a gnarly rocky climb up the backside of Mt. Madonna. This ride is better done coming down off the top of the mountain (clockwise), but either way it’s a total hoot!
Here’s a preview of what awaits you on the Lemon Grove Loop itself.