"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 rather ride out and back on a singletrack than take a dirt road back—unless, of course, the singletrack is too steep to ride back. But the China Hole Trail is a delight to ride in either direction. Yes, you must take a dirt road to the beginning of China Hole; still, it traverses an open ridge with good views of the area, and its descents and ascents are relatively gentle. You then begin the singletrack by riding through a forest of ponderosa pines, California black oaks, live oaks, and manzanitas; pop out onto the side of a chaparral-covered hill with views of the canyon below; and ride back into a forest before arriving at Coyote Creek. Although some of the turns are sharp, the trail is mostly smooth and hard-packed with no surprises. You feel quite isolated at the stream. Swimming holes are available early in the summer. Highlights: A well-built, smooth, hard-packed, narrow singletrack that’s enjoyable to ride both downhill and up; the feeling of seclusion at Coyote Creek; abundant wildlife including feral pigs, deer, and quail; wildflowers; views of the stream and canyon below. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the singletrack."