This is an approximately 30 mile loop near Knights Ferry in eastern Stanislaus County. About two miles are gravel, but the gravel connection allows the best riding in the loop to be included: Warnerville Road and Willms Road. The terrain is gentle by any measure with about 300 feet elevation change between the high and low points. Parking and facilities are available at Knights Ferry. This is a fine winter bike ride, but likely to be very hot in the summer.
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Warnerville Road passes the site of the ever approaching train bearing the murderous Frank Miller from the classic film High Noon. Once you’ve seen that hill in person (looking to the west just east of the big turkey barns), it’s easily spotted in the movie.
I think the water tank is original, but the depot was built for the movie. All are gone now except the tracks. The movie featured the Sierra Railway Engine #3 from the Jamestown shops–now Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Watch the movie before you do the ride and you can almost hear Tex Ritter singing the theme song as you ride. (At least it’s not Blood on the Saddle.) The photos are also linked on the Google Earth map.
- roads: mixed
- terrain: flat to rolling
- tires: anything but the skinniest road tires
- seasons: all, with precautions for summer heat
- current weather