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Singletracks.com Announces the Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails in California
From the rocky coasts of San Francisco to the ridge tops in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California provides mountain bikers an endless supply of fun.
Evenly spread between the coast and inland, this top 10 lists showcases the variety that California mountain biking has to offer. Intense downhills with plenty of freeriding landed the Forest of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest in the number 1 spot. Another top 10 trail, Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa, offers fast downhills and technical singletracks for the advanced. Camp Tamarancho, just north of San Francisco, boasts narrow switchbacks and rock gardens that will leave any mountain biker satisfied.
Inland trails have plenty to boast about as well with trails like the Downieville Downhill, which consists of 17 miles of advanced singletrack, mainly downhill, with a 5000 foot vertical drop. Waterfalls, creek crossings, and long suspension bridges helped Downieville secure the number 2 spot. The Tahoe Rim Trail is also a worthy piece of singletrack with 165 miles of ridge top trails that span 6 counties and 2 states.
Singletracks founder, Jeff Barber highly recommends the Northstar Resort in Truckee, saying that it’s a “great place to ride DH for everyone from complete beginners to pros. Sign up for DH 101 if you've never tried downhill riding before, otherwise hit the lifts and ride down! My fave has to be Live Wire because it's so fast and flowy.”
The majority of these trails are free and open to the public. Shuttles are available in certain locations for a small fee. There is at least one private trail, Camp Tamarancho, which requires a small donation for riding the trails.
Forest of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest – Santa Cruz, CA
Downieville Downhill – Downieville, CA
Northstar Resort – Truckee, CA
Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness – Lake Forest, CA
Camp Tamarancho – Marin, CA
1st 2nd 3rd Divide – Downieville, CA
Annadel State Park – Santa Rosa, CA
Tahoe Rim Trail – Tahoe City, CA
Hole in the Ground – Truckee, CA
Mount Lowe Railway – Pasadena, CA
Singletracks.com features a directory of over 5,000 mountain bike trails in the United States and around the world. In addition to adding new trails and providing trail reviews, users can also share photos and videos of trails they've biked via Singeltracks.com and the free Singeltracks iPhone and Android apps.