Strength and good bike handling skills are required of cyclists following this 15.5-mile loop. The first 5.6 miles are a gentle ascent on Big sycamore Canyon Trail to Ranch Center Road. The pedaling on Ranch Center Road is moderately difficult for 1.5 miles, and then the road drops rapidly for .8 miles. wood Canyon Trail is picked up at this point and the route continues downhill for two miles to Overlook Trail at Deer Camp Junction. On Overlook Trail you climb very steeply for 1.5 miles and tackle the aptly named Hell Hill. The biking gets easier as you ride around the south side of an unnamed peak. The loop ends with an exhilarating three-mile descent. Scenery includes larger deciduous trees in the canyon, wildflowers in the spring, and open hillsides with pleasant coastal views.
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