Category Archives: mixed

Spring Gap/Beardsley Reservoir Loop

This bike ride combines a couple of east-west unpaved Sugar Pine Railway segments with fairly steep connectors at each end–paved Beardsley Road on the east end and unpaved Forest Route 4N88 in the west. Including the railroad grades and the … 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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The Basin Loop

The area of this ride may be 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 Basin is a descriptively named forested basin in … Continue reading

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Italian Bar Road to Jupiter and Back

Ain’t no joke, you can ride your bike to Jupiter. This is a long gravel road bike ride to  remote areas between the South and Middle Forks of the Stanislaus River in the  Stanislaus National Forest. Choose this loop if … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Peak

This is a pair of short loops that share a climb up Elizabeth Peak in Twain Harte. Each makes a fine close-to-civilization mountain bike ride on its own, or they can be combined as a figure eight or joined with … Continue reading

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Rock River Road

Rock River Road is an ultra-rural County road that can be ridden as an out-and-back bike ride via Willms Road from Knights Ferry. There is a 2.5 mile unpaved section in Stanislaus County with some drainage issues. The unpaved section … Continue reading

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Columbia Ridge Loop

There’s no such thing as Columbia Ridge, but if you look at a topographic map there is a (backwards) C-shaped ridge wrapping around the east side of Columbia. Big Hill Road zig-zags up the middle of the C. This bike … Continue reading

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Covington Road

Covington Road is the poor (and more sane) person’s Old Priest Grade. While Old Priest Grade is something to ponder for those who like the challenge of a bike ride with an intense climb, it is narrow and windy with … Continue reading

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Yankee Hill/Five Mile Creek Loop

This bike ride is near and dear to me; this is my standby for when I can’t get further from home to explore. If you don’t mind mixing pavement, gravel, and dirt, this ride packs a lot into 13 miles … 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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The Paved Road to Nowhere

The area of this ride may be affected by the Stanislaus National Forest Rim Fire closure order. See the Rim Fire Closure Area page and the Stanislaus Forest website for details. Nowhere may be an exaggeration, but most Forest Service … Continue reading

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Cooperstown Loop—A Tale of Two Bridges

This ride explores the lower foothills in Stanislaus County, just southwest of the County line. The southern leg of the loop skirts Turlock Lake State Recreation Area (on the State park closure list) on Lake Road. There are multiple opportunities … Continue reading

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Orange Blossom/Warnerville Road

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 … Continue reading

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Camp Nine/Italian Bar Road

This is a long adventure bike ride straddling the Stanislaus River Calaveras/Tuolumne County line. About 19 miles of the ride is paved along Parrotts Ferry, Camp Nine, and Italian Bar Roads, though most of the nine miles of Camp Nine … Continue reading

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