Category Archives: casual and kids

Pinecrest to Columbia on Sugar Pine Railway and Ditch Trails

This bike ride is about as easy as an almost forty mile long unpaved ride can get since it’s a shuttle and return on descending railroad and ditch trails. But it’s still a long haul with lots of nature and … Continue reading

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Herring Creek Loop

There are not a lot of complete loops to choose from at the higher elevations in the Stanislaus. Excepting the highway corridors, most of the high country is designated as Wilderness with no bikes allowed. The Herring Creek Loop is … Continue reading

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Westside Rail Trail, Clavey River

The area of this ride is affected by the Stanislaus National Forest Rim Fire closure order. See the Rim Fire Closure Area page and the Stanislaus Forest website for details. The Tuolumne Westside Rail Trail gets most of the attention, … Continue reading

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Columbia Airport-College Loop

The Airport-College Loop is a useful road bike ride for riders who are not used to hills, who are working on getting back into shape, or for anyone visiting Columbia who wants to include a short and not too demanding ride … Continue reading

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Glory Hole Recreation Area, New Melones Reservoir

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operates recreational facilities at Glory Hole Recreation Area at New Melones Lake. In addition to the campgrounds, Marina, and launch ramps, Glory Hole has about ten miles of well-maintained single-track trails. All are popular with … Continue reading

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Westside Rail Trail:Tuolumne

This is a  short level trail that is suitable for casual riders or families with kids as an out-and-back bike ride or for more ambitious riders as a loop returning via Buchanan Road. The trail is about 4.8 miles long, … Continue reading

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Twain Harte to Lyons Dam Loop, Sugar Pine Rail Trail: Twain Harte to Lyons Dam

I’m posting two loops for this bike ride–one for a 15-mile loop out of Twain Harte that connects Forest Route 4N02 on the north side of the South Fork Stanislaus to a five-mile segment of the Sugar Pine Rail Trail … Continue reading

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American Camp Fire Lookout

The American Camp Fire Lookout is located on top of a peak between the North Fork and South Fork of the Stanislaus where they join at the east end of New Melones Reservoir. The tower is no longer used, but … Continue reading

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Peoria Mountain

Peoria Mountain is at the south end of the New Melones Dam. The area is under the jurisdiction of the US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and is accessed from the end off Shell Road which in turn is accessed off … Continue reading

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