Tag Archives: Columbia

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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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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Columbia, Sonora, Tuolumne, and Twain Harte Road Loop

Excepting Groveland, the most densely developed areas of Tuolumne County are oriented east to west along Highway 108, and to a lesser extent north to south along Highway 49. The best low-traffic paved roads near Sonora are either south of … 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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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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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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