Russ and Laura, the renown bicycle tourism promoters behind The Path Less Pedaled, recently joined Jason from Swift Industries for a “bikefishing” trip down the Iron Horse Trail, officially known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
We wrote recently about new state efforts to open even more tunnels along the trail route. But even as it is, Russ and Laura say the trail is a “great resource” both for camping and day trips.
They recently posted about their trip, and I encourage you to read the whole thing. But the takeaway for them was that the trail could be quite an attraction, helping the small economies surrounding it. They were surprised this was not marketed more.
We rode only a portion of the Iron Horse Trail and really enjoyed it and look forward to exploring it more in the future. The section we rode was pretty tame riding (perfect for families or a S24O) but we hear it gets rougher the further east you go (downed bridges, crossing a military base, signing waivers to ride through tunnels, etc.,). But we’ll save that part for a future adventure.
One thought that really stood out in our mind is how great a resource is the Iron Horse Trail. Our return trip was on a Saturday and we saw lots of day riders and climbers using the trail. Despite that, we felt that it could be even MORE popular. Being just a visitor and not privy to the politics of the trail, I was surprised at the lack of marketing behind the Iron Horse. It really could be an awesome bike destination, if only people knew about it and if the local communities seemed more connected to it. In the end, the riding was great, the fishing could have been better, but it was still a fine way to celebrate the 4th of July.