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( Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times )
Ft. Ord Public Lands
Distance: 316 miles one-way
Before it closed in 1994, Ft. Ord was one of the nation's largest military training facilities, preparing soldiers for the two world wars, as well as Korea and Vietnam. The Bureau of Land Management took over more than 7,200 acres of the old military base in 1996 and threw open the gates to more than 80 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails.
But there was one hitch: The Army had yet to find and remove every last ordnance from the scenic, oak-studded rolling hills. We are talking about rockets, mortars, mines, grenades and other weapons of demolition.
-- Hugo Martín
Read more: Mountain biking on Ft. Ord Public Lands: Beware the old explosives