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Boggs Mountain

Boggs Mountain

(CURRENTLY CLOSED) A bit of a hidden gem, with lots of singletrack built with mountain biking in mind. You don't need to be a strong climber to enjoy it either.

14.5 miles       2950' climb       4.5 hours       86% SINGLETRACK14% FIRE ROAD
Fun
10
Scenic
4
Aerobic
4
Technical
9

Downieville (Suggestion 1)

Downieville (Suggestion 1)

A world-class shuttle ride that's also world-famous, as well as being the route of what's been called the toughest downhill race in the US.

15.5 miles       1150' climb       3.5 hours       71% SINGLETRACK22% FIRE ROAD7% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
6
Aerobic
8
Technical
10

Downieville (Suggestion 2)

Downieville (Suggestion 2)

If you've already tried the Downieville Downhill, here's a variation that's longer, harder, more scenic, and more technical.

24 miles       3000' climb       6 hours       55% SINGLETRACK41% FIRE ROAD4% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Emigrant Trail

Emigrant Trail

A beautiful, scenic, and long ride that is manageable for less experienced riders (especially in shortened form) while still providing plenty of fun and satisfaction for experienced ones.

22.5 miles       2600' climb       4 hours       99% SINGLETRACK1% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
10
Aerobic
7
Technical
6

Flume Trail

Flume Trail

A long but comparatively easy shuttle ride that covers Tahoe's most popular and most scenic mountain biking trail as well as including some juicier singletrack for more experienced riders.

19.5 miles       2100' climb       5 hours       66% SINGLETRACK34% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
2
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

Foresthill Divide Loop

Foresthill Divide Loop

A nice and relatively shady singletrack loop through sparse woodlands. It's not too long, not too grueling, and not too technical.

11 miles       1800' climb       2.5 hours       83% SINGLETRACK15% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
8
Aerobic
8
Technical
10

Hole-in-the-Ground Loop

Hole-in-the-Ground Loop

A tough and rewarding ride in a gorgeous alpine setting. This route has enough technical singletrack to satisfy any rider.

16.5 miles       2850' climb       5 hours       59% SINGLETRACK26% FIRE ROAD15% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
1
Aerobic
6
Technical
6

Jackson Demonstration Forest (Double Loop)

Jackson Demonstration Forest (Double Loop)

A sampling of what the storied Mendocino Coast mountain biking has to offer. This might not be the very best option to be found here, but it's considered a representative first taste.

16 miles       2900' climb       4 hours       69% SINGLETRACK31% FIRE ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
6
Aerobic
6
Technical
8

Lower Rock Creek Trail

Lower Rock Creek Trail

A fun descent down a singletrack built for mountain biking following a narrow and shallow canyon. The second half of the trail is more technical than the first, and the climb back up is by road.

15.5 miles       2450' climb       3.5 hours       48% SINGLETRACK1% FIRE ROAD51% ROAD
Fun
9
Scenic
3
Aerobic
6
Technical
10

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

A wonderful shuttle ride that descends what is possibly the most technical trail in the Lake Tahoe area, though the "wild" parts of the trail last for only a couple of miles.

12 miles       2000' climb       3.5 hours       86% SINGLETRACK12% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
8
Aerobic
4
Technical
6

New Melones (Glory Hole)

New Melones (Glory Hole)

The short version of a very scenic singletrack ride of low difficulty but high fun. Simply repeat some of the sub-loops in order to boost the mileage.

12 miles       1400' climb       2.5 hours       93% SINGLETRACK4% FIRE ROAD3% ROAD
Fun
3
Scenic
8
Aerobic
7
Technical
2

Old Coast Road

Old Coast Road

A technically uninteresting mixed ride that provides a heaping dose of coastal beauty from a less commonly experienced segment of Highway 1 as well as a healthy amount of back-country solitude.

19 miles       3100' climb       4 hours       56% FIRE ROAD44% ROAD
Fun
8
Scenic
1
Aerobic
7
Technical
5

Paradise Royale

Paradise Royale

A singletrack loop built from the ground up to appeal to experienced mountain bikers. It's not easy to get to, but easily worth your while if you have any additional excuse to bring you to this vicinity.

11.5 miles       2550' climb       3.5 hours       94% SINGLETRACK6% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
3
Aerobic
5
Technical
5

Pioneer Trail

Pioneer Trail

A long and relatively flat ride under good tree cover. It starts extremely easily and gets closer to a moderate amount of technical fun as you take it farther.

23.5 miles       2450' climb       4.5 hours       80% SINGLETRACK20% FIRE ROAD
Fun
6
Scenic
5
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Red Hills

Red Hills

An out-of-the-way and easily overlooked destination with gentle climbs, plenty of rocky singletrack, and no trail restrictions. Be prepared to get lost, though, unless you ride with a local.

9 miles       1400' climb       2 hours       92% SINGLETRACK8% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
6
Aerobic
5
Technical
6

Salmon Falls (Darrington Trail)

Salmon Falls (Darrington Trail)

A scenic and entertaining "lakeside" ride that is technical enough to entertain intermediate to advanced riders and that doesn't require any amount of serious climbing.

15 miles       1600' climb       2.5 hours       92% SINGLETRACK8% FIRE ROAD
Fun
7
Scenic
5
Aerobic
7
Technical
8

South Yuba Trail

South Yuba Trail

A substantial gold-country loop with high singletrack mileage that includes this tough trail along the rugged South Yuba River canyon.

18 miles       3600' climb       5.5 hours       71% SINGLETRACK27% FIRE ROAD2% ROAD


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