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Area 51

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

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Latitude
38.180922046111625
Longitude
-120.79141616821289
Trail Directions
Please see The Hogan Trail (under 'T', also in CA Other Areas). Area 51 is the unofficial name for the trail, and the real name is actually Coyote Point MTB trail.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Valley Springs
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Review Date
September 7, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Another Mike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am biased because I learned/learning to ride here and its my home trail. Hogan is like an ugly, but talented ex girlfriend.....not real picturesque, no nice views, forbidding.......but oh my God the things you can try out on these trails! The main, "lower" trail is beginner grade the first mile or two, blending in to more intermediate technical stuff as you travel further east. There are many side trails that have everything under the sun as far as climbs, technical, switchbacks and level of difficulty. Basically show up...check out the side routes and pick your poison. You can make this place as easy or difficult as you want.

Recommended Route:
I would recommend a first timer ride the main "lower" trail out and back (about 9-10 miles) the first time to get a flavor ....then explore the many side routes as you learn the layout of the place.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Melones, Bear Valley, Arnold Rim.



Comments
Finch Platte (03/23/2016)
Thanks, Mike! Spot on review. Trails have been cleaned up for the 2016 riding season. It's warm up there already, but it's green and very pretty. Get 'em while they're not hot!

Here's a good Google view of the trails: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.1778808,-120.785629,2627m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en Zoom in on Coyote Point Group Campground and you'll see the maze of trails nearby.
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Review Date
October 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: choctawken ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail to ride. Its an in and out, nothing to terribly tech but you will get a decent workout! Can be very hot in summer so bring lots of h2o!! Trails are rocky but flow pretty good. I enjoy it and go back pretty cosistant.

Recommended Route:
Trails are clearly marked. The intermediate trail seems to get the most use. The trail marked as black diamond has alot of brush over growth, but still fun!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New Melones Lake- Glory Hole.
Red Hills in Jamestown



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Review Date
July 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: george_da_trog , from Patterson

Summary:
It's all right, been there once. It's too far to drive an not enough trail to justify the drive to go back. It's technical but not in a way that flows like a really good trail should. If you're nearby you might as well hit it. I may go back one day if the amount of singletrack increases.

Recommended Route:
Hmm.. Take the side loops



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Review Date
December 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Loren Lukens , from Pine Grove, CA

Summary:
This route has plenty of challenges and can appeal to intermediate and advanced riders as well. This is not for beginners. There are many dangerous sharp rock outcroppings. When you come to the end of the maintained trail you can continue cross country for about a mile. It is beautiful and you will probably see a coyote! The trail is well maintained so be sure and thank the Forest Service.

Recommended Route:
The recommended lake route.



Comments
Finch Platte (03/23/2016)
Ha!

The Forest Service has nothing to do with trail maintenance. A small group of individuals spend their own time going up and maintain/cut new trails. If you see one of these guys, be sure to buy him a beer! :)
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Review Date
December 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Hotrod , from Sierraville

Summary:
There are lots of new trails and the whole thing is different, now that the whole thing burned (twice) during the summer. It's really cool to see how the whole thing is laid out. Great low elevation for winter rides and drains quickly after rains.

Recommended Route:
same as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Was just at Glory Hole yesterday - lots of new trails there too. It's novice stuff but should be added to the rotation for winter rides. Funny, there were two dorks there shuttling the switchbacks. Wa?



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