8 miles from Auburn Courthouse. Easy-moderate 9 miles. MAP
Mountain bike paradise could be another name for this one, as it is a great place to ride; built by mountain bikers for mountain bikes. Of course hikers can also enjoy this wonderful loop, but be aware that you’ll be an annoyance to the primary users on busy days like the weekend. There are several parking lots along Foresthill Road that access the loop, and even a small lot a short ways in on the lower Clementine road. The loop trail connects to the firebreak and Culvert trails via the Lakeview connector trail.
The trail is good for beginning riders who can walk the more difficult sections (rock gardens) or intermediate riders who will improve their skills trying to stay on their bikes.
Directions: From the Courthouse get on I-80 east for 3 miles to the Auburn Ravine exit, go 5 miles on Foresthill Road to the parking lot along the right side of the road. Access can also be gained from Drivers Flat road and Upper Clementine.
The trail runs along old abandoned roads along both sides of Foresthill Road, which is a busy road with fast cars, so be careful crossing from one side to the other. The old roads are connected by cleverly built bike single-track that climb and fall through oak and manzanita woodland. Great views of both the Middle Fork and the North Fork of the American rivers will grab your attention trying to distract you from watching that front wheel. No water is available so bring plenty, it’s a hot place between the shady spots during summer.