The Mother Lode Loops

Coloma, California

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One might refer to this as the de?nitive Gold Country ride, if only because it starts and ends at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, the place where gold was ?rst found in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill on the American River in 1848, one of the true tipping points in American history. But the ride also embodies all the classic Gold Country elements: pretty, wooded foothills; deep, steep-sided canyons; quaint pioneer towns; and, most of all, tiny, wickedly hilly roads. This loop includes the best parts of the Motherlode Century, staged each year in mid-May.
75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

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75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

by Bill Oetinger (The Mountaineers Books)

One might refer to this as the de?nitive Gold Country ride, if only because it starts and ends at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, the place where gold was ?rst found in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill on the American River in 1848, one of the true tipping points in American history.

But the ride also embodies all the classic Gold Country elements: pretty, wooded foothills; deep, steep-sided canyons; quaint pioneer towns; and, most of all, tiny, wickedly hilly roads. This loop includes the best parts of the Motherlode Century, staged each year in mid-May.

© 2014 Bill Oetinger/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Coloma
Distance: 61-66 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Riding Time: 4.5-6 hours
Season: April through October; midsummer can be hot
Driving Directions: Directions to The Mother Lode Loops

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