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 Review and Guide
"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."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Robin Stuart, Mountain Biking Northern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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