Mountain Biking: Northern California

Overview

Mountain bikers, beginner to expert, all share a common need - a place to ride. Mountain Biking Northern California gives fat-tire enthusiasts the skinny on where to go. Here are sixty-seven of the best rides in Northern California, including coastal loops from Monterey to the Oregon border and mountain trails of the southern Cascades and the Sierra Nevada. Take your pick from scenic road routes, hot singletracks, lung-popping climbs, and demented downhills. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the ...

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Overview

Mountain bikers, beginner to expert, all share a common need - a place to ride. Mountain Biking Northern California gives fat-tire enthusiasts the skinny on where to go. Here are sixty-seven of the best rides in Northern California, including coastal loops from Monterey to the Oregon border and mountain trails of the southern Cascades and the Sierra Nevada. Take your pick from scenic road routes, hot singletracks, lung-popping climbs, and demented downhills. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the trailheads and follow the routes. You stay on track with accurate distances keyed to easy-to-read maps and ratings for physical and technical difficulty. This handy guide will help you choose a ride that's appropriate for your fitness and skill levels. It's an indispensable companion for all your fat-tire fun. (6 X 9, 312 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560447474
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2001
  • Series: Falcon Guides Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,403,453
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication ix
Introduction 1
The Weather 1
The Land 1
Health and Safety 2
Regulations 3
Minimizing Your Impact on Trails 3
Improving Your Riding Technique 4
Minimizing Trail Conflicts 7
IMBA Rules of the Trail 9
How to Use This Book 10
Maps 11
Elevation graphs 12
Final words 12
Legend 13
Ride Locations 14
Northern California Sections and Chapters 15
Southern Coast Ranges 16
Monterey Bay Area 16
1 Fort Ord Public Lands 17
2 Wilder Ranch State Park 21
3 Soquel Demonstration State Forest 26
Western South San Francisco Bay Area 30
4 Saratoga Gap Loop 30
5 Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve 35
6 El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve 37
7 Whittemore Gulch Trail 42
Eastern South San Francisco Bay Area 46
8 Lyman Willson Ridge Road/Grizzly Gulch Trail 47
9 Kelly Lake Loop 52
10 Frog Lake 57
11 Middle Ridge Loop 60
12 China Hole Trail 65
Northern Coast Ranges 68
North San Francisco Bay Area 68
13 China Camp State Park 69
14 Skyline Wilderness Park 74
15 Rockville Hills Community Park 79
Santa Rosa/Clear Lake Area 87
16 Annadel State Park--Ledson Marsh 87
17 Annadel State Park--Lake Ilsanjo 92
18 Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest 96
North Coast Redwood Parks 101
19 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 101
Southern Cascades and Northern Sierra Nevada 107
Mount Shasta Area 108
20 Kelsey Trail 109
21 Bailey Cove Loop 112
22 Waters Gulch Trail 114
23 Clikapudi Trail 116
24 Clear Creek Vista Trail 119
25 Recliner Loop 122
26 Land Luge Loop 127
Mount Lassen Area 131
27 Spencer Meadow Loop 131
28 Trail Lake Trail 135
29 Bucks Creek Loop Trail 138
30 Feather Falls Trail 142
Downieville Area 146
31 Bullards Bar Trail 147
32 North Yuba Trail 151
33 Halls Ranch/Fiddle Creek Trails 154
34 Chimney Rock/Empire Creek Trails 158
35 Divide Loop 163
36 Downieville Downhill via Butcher Ranch Trail 167
37 Downieville Downhill via Pauley Creek Trail 170
38 Downieville Downhill via Big Boulder Trail 174
Nevada City, Auburn, and Donner Pass Area 177
39 South Yuba National Trail 177
40 Upper Pioneer/Omega Trails 183
41 Shotgun "Lake" 188
42 Loch Leven Lakes Loop 191
43 Hole-in-the-Ground Trail 194
44 Stevens Trail 200
45 Foresthill Divide 203
46 Darrington/Salmon Falls Trail 207
47 Sweetwater Trail 211
Lake Tahoe Area 214
48 Commemorative Emigrant Trail, East from California Highway 89 214
49 Watson Lake from Brockway Summit 218
50 Watson Lake from Midway Bridge 221
51 Tahoe Rim Trail to Tahoe City Loop 224
52 The Flume Trail Loop 227
53 Spooner Summit to Bench Overlook 232
54 Kingsbury Grade to Bench Overlook 235
55 Star Lake from Heavenly Valley North 238
56 Big Meadow to Freel Pass 242
57 Big Meadow to Pacific Crest Trail 245
North of Yosemite 249
58 Sly Park Loop 249
59 Silver Fork Loop 253
60 The Hogan Trail 256
61 Lake Alpine Loop 260
62 Glory Hole Upper 263
63 Glory Hole Lower 266
Southern Sierra Nevada 269
South of Yosemite 269
64 Goat Mountain Trail 270
65 Squaw Leap Loop 273
66 Tour de Granite Adventure 277
67 Lower Rock Creek Trail 282
Appendix For More Information 287
About the Author 291
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