It is the time of year that it is going to be getting cool up North and we are going to be looking for some rides around the valley. One of my favorite day rides is to go out to the local lakes. Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant.
I’m not sure what it is that draws me to riding the lakes. Maybe it is the raw beauty around them with the intense desert landscape or just escaping the traffic of the city while enjoying some peace and quiet. But since riding to a lake is a personal preference of mine, a couple of years ago I decided to do a little research and see what it would take to make an in town road trip out of it and visit all of them in the same day. Since I live on the West side of town, I plotted a route that would take me from Lake Pleasant, to Bartlett Lake, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake. The distance to visit each lake in succession is only 144 miles. Of course, you have to get back home, so it my case it would be a total of 232 round trip. But at least 60 miles of that would be freeway.
So for those of you that haven’t been to these lakes, what do you do when you get there? What I like to do is ride every possible paved road around the lakes. In the case of Lake Pleasant and Bartlett there are a few miles of roads around the lake area that you can ride that are really pretty. Saguaro and Canyon don’t offer much riding around the lakes, but the road getting to Canyon is one of the best in the State and the restaurant at Saguaro has the best views. There are restaurants at 3 of the lakes with Bartlett offering a little General store to get something to eat and drink.
Go to the Archives button at www.cyclerides.com to see the entire write up on this ride. Arrow down to the newsletter from 5/9/12.