Mountain Biking Henry Coe State Park

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  Henry Who?? ... Yep, that was my first response when I knew I was gonna ride in this area.. Now let's be honest how many people have heard of the Henry W. Coe State Park in California? In the Henry W. Coe State Park brochure they call it " A Mecca for Mountain Bikers".. Yeah sure I thought to myself, if I had a dollar for every park that said that, I would be rich. But anyway, I was here for a few weeks and decided for myself if this really was a "Mecca for Mountain Bikers" or just … [Read more...]

North Yuba River Trail Downieville

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  Due to the very high amount of snow that was dumped on the range during the previous Winter and early Spring, most of the trails I had planned to shred were still snowed in, however the North Yuba River Trail was one of the few trails that were accessible. The North Yuba Trail is a highly rated +15 miles sweet singletrack that follows the Yuba River from Downieville to the Indian Valley Campground. So, did this trail excite me as much as the Downieville classic?   Trail … [Read more...]

Downieville Classic

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  For years now I have been hearing lots of fantastic stories about the Downieville Trails. I almost made it here last year, but the South Lake Tahoe Trails kept me occupied longer than planned, so I never made it. As I'm sure you can understand, I was pretty stoked about riding what a lot of people call "The hottest mtb destination in the USA" .. I have been to a lot of fantastic mtb destinations, and was really curious if Downieville would come close to some of my all time favorites, or … [Read more...]

May Valley and Hurkey Creek Trails Epic

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  My first attempt to ride the "24 hour loop" went a bit pear shaped, and I missed the turn off to Rage through the Sage and Tunnel of Love. While getting my steed fixed up, I got a lot of useful trail intel from the shop owner. The trails he marked for me on a very basic map were some local secrets, and there is no way I would have been able to ride them without this inside intel. The good thing was, I managed to map a loop that included the Rage through the Sage and Tunnel of Love.. I … [Read more...]

Idyllwild and the Hurkey Creek Trails

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  The Idyllwild Trails in California did their best to keep me away. I had first planned to come here about 5 weeks ago, and on the actual day I left Los Angeles to head to Idyllwild 4 feet of snow was dropped, and I got a phone call from a ranger saying that I would need chains to get to Idyllwild.. I put everything on hold, and headed South instead. When I did finally make it to Idyllwild, both my bikes were in dire need of a bike doctor, luckily for me The Hub Cyclery in Iydllewild … [Read more...]

Caspers Widerness Park San Juan Capistrano

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Finally, my first USA ride for 2011. After waiting 4 weeks for a repair, I finally hit the road again. First stop was Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano, California. . Trail Stats & Information Nearby Town : San Juan Capistrano Length: 9 miles Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: [what the books say] no info Skill Level: [My Opinion] Technically moderate. Physically demanding Duration : My time was 02:23:53 Elev Gain : 1,166 feet Top Elev : 1,471 feet Min. Elev : … [Read more...]

Cold Creek to Star Lake to Armstrong Pass down Corral Trail Lake Tahoe

. A few days a did the Heavenly Valley from Stagecoach to Armstrong Pass, it was a slaughter, but the downhill section from Freel Pass all the way down Armstrong was probably the best ride / section I have ever done. I did not want to leave Lake Tahoe without enjoying this section one more time. However, there was no way I wanted to get slaughtered again on the Stagecoach to Freel Pass section, so I decided on a different route that was hopefully gonna be slightly, or even better a hell of … [Read more...]

Armstrong Saxon Creek and Mr Toads Wild Ride

Armstrong Saxon Creek and Mr Toads Wild Ride Lake Tahoe

Armstrong, Saxon Creek, and Mr Toads Wild Ride or whatever else this loop is called, all I can say is that this could well be the best trail the USA has to offer. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!. This trail offers everything any mountain biker dreams of.. and more!.. all bundled into a 18.84 mile loop Trail Stats & Information Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe Length: 18.84 total miles Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: [ What the books say ] Aerobically: strenuous. Technical : … [Read more...]

Heavenly Valley to Armstrong Pass Trail Lake Tahoe

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After my 2 crashes on the Curly Lake trail in Montana in August I was really looking forward to getting back on the trails. This trail came highly recommended to me, as offering some of the best scenery in the Tahoe Basin. I was told that it was a very strenuous ride, but I was convinced I was up for it... Boy was I wrong, I got slaughtered on this trail!! Trail Stats & Information Nearby City: Minden Length: 23.43 total miles Trail Type: Point to Point Skill Level: [ What the … [Read more...]