Hole in the Ground

Tahoe National Forest, California

Distance8.3mi
Elevation Gain3,322ft
Trailhead Elevation7,520ft
Top8,054ft
Elevation Min/Max7091/8054ft
Elevation Start/End7520/7520ft

Hole in the Ground

Hole in the Ground is a hiking and biking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 8.3 miles long and begins at 7,520 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,322 feet. The Castle Pass (elevation 7,881 feet) saddle can be seen along the trail. There are also meadows along the trail.

Hole in the Ground Professional Reviews and Guides

"One of the newest trails in the area, the Hole In The Ground singletrack has quickly become one of the most popular trails for riders from Sacramento (the Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition has adopted the trail) to Reno and beyond. Rightly so, since it serves up technical trail riding, ridge running, scenic vistas and high-alpine lakes. It's so nice it almost makes you forget about all the sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the area where you can't ride. The Forest Service even recommends that equestrians take the PCT and stay off the first 3 miles of the Hole in the Ground Trail, leaving it to mostly mountain bikers. Because of length and elevation, the route is a tough one. But intermediate riders can certainly enjoy it - pace yourself, pack plenty of food and water, and plan for an all-day outing."

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7/8/2008
An awesome ride. I am new to trail riding but this was a great experience. Take care when you get to "the Stairs" I took a short cut over my handlebars and through a thorn bush. Definitely take your time and visit the second lake for an extended period - such a tranquil setting that it is a shame to rush it
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9/1/2007
Fun, challenging technical sections and some very interesting technical climbs, but limited swooping/fast downhill.
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7/9/2006
The guide I downloaded was very good. Good advice on a starting and ending point. Definitely want to ride this trail in a counter-clock wise direction. Even though we went in July there was a ton of snow! Several people turned back, but we sloughed on through. Thank god there was a guy ahead of us leaving tire marks in the snow, otherwise we might have lost the trail. Wonderful trail. Take a lunch and spend time at the first lake. Be prepared to wade though a pretty deep river near the end and then have to climb through deep gravel (at about mile 13). After that the descent to the parking area includes a nasty technical section - loose rocks, pretty sketchy even for folks who love technical stuff. It was a blast. Great ride.
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7/21/2001
This trail came recommended to me by a few friends and it didn't let down. From where we parked (Soda Springs), the ride was approx. 18 miles with spectacular views of the Sierras, screaming downhill stretches and manageable climbs. There are a few loose technical stretches, but this ride can easily be done by an intermediate rider who comes prepared with enough food, water, etc. By the way, there's enough climbing to keep many flatlanders away - making it less crowded than other rides in the area....
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