Not a destination trail due to its short length, the Lone Mountain Trail is still fun to ride as a connector trail when riding between two destinations. The trail follows the ridgeline of Lone Mountain, and parallels Roop Street between Northridge Drive and Winnie Lane.
The Northridge Drive trailhead is at the high point of Northridge Drive, just up the hill from Roop Street. Just follow the switchbacks up from the parking lot.
As you ride along the ridge, you are treated to fantastic views of the Northridge neighborhood and the Lone Mountain Cemetery to the east, and Carson City, Kings Canyon, and Ash Canyon to the west.
The trail is fairly easy overall, but there are a couple challenging sections to practice your skills. There is one particularly short, steep, rocky climb that I didn’t make on my singlespeed, but was able to crawl up on my full suspension bike. Because of the little challenges, it’s not a bad place to test out new settings or equipment if you live in the neighborhood.
The south entrance of the trail is at the intersection of Roop Street and Winnie Lane. Look for the trail entrance just to the north of the cemetery.
Be careful when exiting or entering the trail at Winnie Lane though. The trailhead below the Russian Olive tree has puncture vine (aka goat head thorns) growing at the entrance. Instead, stick to the cemetery fence line to avoid getting a flat tire.