Mountain Biking Northern California  by Roger McGehee

Mountain Biking Northern California Guide Book

by Roger McGehee (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Northern California  by Roger McGehee
Mountain bikers, beginner to expert, all share a common need - a place to ride. This guide gives fat-tire enthusiasts the skinny on where to go. Here are 67 of the best rides in Northern California, including coastal loops from Monterey to the Oregon border and mountain trails of the southern Cascades and the Sierra Nevada. Take your pick from scenic road routes, hot singletracks, lung-popping climbs, and demented downhills. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the trailheads and follow the routes. You stay on track with accurate distances keyed to easy-to-read maps and ratings for physical and technical difficulty.

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Trails from the "Mountain Biking Northern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 67.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 67.

This ride takes you up to Lake Ilsanjo on a gradual singletrack that passes along a creek under a canopy of bay trees. You’ll circle the lake on dirt roads, then return via a series of beautiful and v ...
Santa Rosa, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.3
This ride takes you up a dirt road to the beginning of a lovely twisty singletrack that used to be a dirt road. The singletrack in turn takes you through a Douglas fir forest to a dirt road, which lea ...
Santa Rosa, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.7
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This ride takes you around a knoll just above Shasta Lake’s high-water level. There’s a lot of poison oak, but the trail is usually wide enough that you won’t rub up against it. You’ll probably hear t ...
Redding, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.1
Don’t ignore this ride just because it’s long and strenuous. It’s possible to ride to an overlook about halfway to Freel Pass and turn this into a 13.6-mile moderate ride. Either way, this ride is for ...
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25.6
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This trail passes Round Lake and dead-ends at the Pacific Crest Trail. It passes mostly through forests but also through meadows and beside a lake. From the trailhead to Round Lake, the trail is heavi ...
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.5
Since Boggs Mountain is so far away from major cities, you might want to camp here. No water is available, but the campground is in the middle of a ponderosa pine forest reminiscent of Yosemite Valley ...
Cobb, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.5
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Whichever way you go, the theme of this ride is wildflower-filled meadows, one after another! This is also one of the few singletracks I’ve encountered where little signs with a picture of a bike are ...
Oroville, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.3
This is the lowest-elevation ride in the Downieville region. Therefore it experiences the least amount of snow, and is often snow-free when other trails are covered. The trail can become quite muddy a ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.5
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The singletrack in the middle of this ride is only 7 miles long, but what a singletrack! It climbs up onto a ridge among strange volcanic formations and views to the very edge of the earth; descends s ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.7
Most of this ride is on wide, smooth singletrack. A few sections are lightly to moderately technical. Long and legal singletracks are rare in Marin County, and these are sweet! They were built by the ...
San Rafael, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.2
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Don’t attempt this ride unless you’re in good aerobic condition: It’s a long climb out of the canyon! I get almost spiritual pleasure riding on well-built singletracks through natural areas; I’d rathe ...
Morgan Hill, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
This trail is open year-round, but please let it dry out for a few days after a storm. This trail is unofficially known as the El Dorado Mine Trail. Highlights: An old mine that is being renovated, so ...
Redding, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
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This ride takes you along the lake just above the high-water level, then up to the top of a ridge and back down to the lake. There’s a lot of poison oak, but the trail is usually wide enough that you ...
Redding, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.3
This ride is at the boundary of high desert and montane forest. It varies from sagebrush to Jeffrey pine forest to white fir forest. The snow melts relatively early here, allowing you to ride this tra ...
Truckee, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20.6
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This is not a trail for beginning singletrackers. Although portions of it are smooth, most of it is rocky and requires intermediate technical skills. It can get quite hot here in summer. If you choose ...
Auburn, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15.6
It’s rare that you can ride from the center of town on some of the finest singletrack available into true wilderness—and return in a few hours. This is one of those rides. You’ll climb out of town thr ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
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To get to the beginning of the Big Boulder singletrack, you must travel for several miles (and do some significant climbing) on dirt roads, but you’ll pass a gorgeous meadow filled with wildflowers an ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20.8
The Butcher Ranch Trail is fairly steep and technical. Most of it is class 3, with short sections of class 4. Intermediate riders should be able to ride most of it, advanced riders all of it; beginnin ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.7
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The Pauley Creek singletrack is steep, rocky, technical, wet, lined with wildflowers, and passes beside a roaring stream. It’s a long and delightful 2 miles! Intermediate riders should be able to ride ...
Downieville, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.1
I first rode here several years ago and encountered mostly dirt roads, along with some sketchy, badly eroded singletracks. Since then the open space district has closed some of the inappropriate singl ...
Half Moon Bay, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.8
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