Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coastline of South Africa. It is sand-witched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains. It has a mild oceanic climate with mild to warm summers and mild to cool winters and considered second mildest climate after Hawaii according to the Guinness Book of Records.
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Mountain Biking in Leavitt Lake, Sonora, California USA
A popular sport at Sonora Pass is mountain biking. There are mountain biking trails along the Sonora Pass highway. You will find everything you need from gentle, railroad grades to steep, single tracks. There are great logging roads, perfect to explore.
Purchase a map of Stanislaus National Forest at the ranger station in MiWuk or Pinecrest and also a map of Toiyabe National Forest at the Bridgeport ranger station. A favorite trail is Leavitt Lake. It is a one way, 3 mi/4.8 km, moderate trail with elevation gain of 1200 ft/365.8 m.
On the east side of Sonora Pass, on Highway 108 watch out for the Leavitt Lake turnoff at about 4 mi/6.4 km east of the pass. This ride takes you up a dirt road, sometimes muddy in places during spring, to Leavitt Lake at elevation of 9556 ft/2913 m.
This 1 mi/1.6 km side road, that leads to Koenig Lake is worth the try to explore. A sturdy frame and strong forks will serve you very well, especially on some of the rough sections.
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