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Bullards Bar Reservoir

Average Rating:    (4.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

This is the best ride I know of. You start with a downhill of about 8-10 miles, through a dense forest single track, with scattered jumps. At the bottom the trail is carved into the side of the hill around the edge of the water. This goes for about 12-15 miles, with roller coaster single track, and whoop-de-doos. If for some strange reason you tire of the single track the veiw of the water, and the moss covered trees will tide you over. At the end you can take a paved road back with a very easy, gradual climb. This ride takes about 3-4 hours to complete, but with doc Willy's beer prices as low as they are, there is a great place to rest before you head home.
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Latitude
39.437709362614136
Longitude
-121.07823014259338
Trail Directions
Park At Doc Willys Bar, and head up the hill just above the bar, slight climb for a few miles and the trail head is on the left. You cant miss it. Or pick up a map at Coyote Adventure Company for .25.
Trail Length
24-28 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Nevada City
   


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Review Date
April 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: eric elliott ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Here is a big fat red flag for those of you looking to do this loop. On 4-28-12, I started at Vista Point and took 8 Ball up towards old camptonville rd. this part was easy enough finding the trail and riding. Keep in mind from Vista to Bullards Bar trail (on the north end) is pretty much all up hill. Nothing to bad though. Once you pass the Rebel Ridge Store (this store is no longer there, it was shut down), you have to take Old Camptonville Rd. Once you make it to the very top of this road, there is a downhill. Once going downhill for about 1/8 mile you'll see clear ATV paths that just lead into the forest. Turn left onto any of these ATV trails. There is no sign that says "Bullards Bar Trail". These ATV trails made the trip for me. It was about 800+ feet of downhill switchbacks. Awesome!! Then you'll dead end into the Bullards Bar Trail which acts like a frontage road to the Lake.

RED FLAG. my last 5 miles were cut short because of falling trees. From around Dark Day to Vista it's closed. I have no idea how long until they open this part of the trail.

Bottom Line. great work out, awesome views. be careful though, very steep and narrow trails at times.



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carnitas (11/04/2012)
The section from Dark day to Vista is open and no red flags exist........
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Review Date
May 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: fill the void ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is just an update, when starting at the Vista Point just above the dam, at approx. mile 4 there is a big wash-out that is nearly impassible. You can try and walk up and around, but depending on time of year there is poison oak. All the other fingers like 8 ball were in good shape however, trail maintenance needs to be done.



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Review Date
July 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jesmith09 ,  Racer

Summary:
I started this ride from the little dirt parking area on Old Toll Road with the intent of doing as big a loop as possible. I began down a narrow fire road that ha been marked off limits ot OHVs...a sign which had clearly been ignored. Anyhow, that decent was OK...fast, not technical in any way. The trail become single track after a couple miles of that. The section between that point and dark day is reasonably fun, winding around the steep bank of the lake. The trail is covered with leaves, which makes the traction iff in some places. I like the ride fine until that point. On the way back, after ride up Marrysville road, and connecting with eight ball trail, I rode down 7 Ball, which was a coll, if very short semi tech trail, and then up some switchbacks (after going to opposite of my original direction on a section of Bullard's Bar Trail)...maybe called Ridge Trail? Can't remember. Anyhow, this trail, given the reviews, was a bit disappointing For me. Save the first 6 miles or so section trail between my start point and dark day, and the 7 Ball trail and the switchback climb, this trail was pretty boring. When I'm riding 22 miles, and 13 to 14 miles of it is a sleeper, I think "why am I not just training on the road?" Anyhow, anyone who races, and is a techncally skilled expert or above may have the same experience as I did. I live in Nevada City now, and I would not bother to return to this trail again unless I happened to be camping along it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hole in the Ground. South Yuba for scenery. Ash Canyon over in Carson City...I like the Forresthill/ Forresthill Connector/ Clementine Loop. Good flow on Clementine, good for training. Decent bone rattling descent (on my XC hardtail). If you are on a full suss rig, I recommend Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, or Downieville anything. the others I mentioned are hardtail only rides (you have to make it interesting).



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Review Date
October 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Adeis ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail is awsome! I rode it in Oct. after a week of rain and it wasn't muddy and very few puddles (5 or 6 in 15 miles). There are several options, and sence the trail follows the shoreline of the resevoir the elevation gain and loss is equal in both direction. Of course there is a climb involved in ridding from the resevoir to all of the five trial heads. At the Dark Day access you can drive down to the res. level. The best downhill section is the top, From Old camptown road down to the resevoir 6-7 miles of brakeless-prerfect-gradiant-singletrack, water burms, banked corners, and a smile from ear-to-ear. Thank You Guys who have worked on this trail, it is great shape!

Recommended Route:
Don't Start in Camptown, unless you enjoy ending a loop ride with a 8 mile climb on the road. I like to get the dirty work out of the way. If you want to do the whole thing, do yourself a favor and park at the Vista Point Parking area at the western end of the trail. Then ride back up Marysville road to Old Camptown road, go about 1.5 miles to the trail head. This trail head is not well marked, there is wide spot in the road where people spin donuts with trucks in the dirt on both sides of the road. Look around to the north where the road frist widens. This is where your euphoria will begin!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not from the area first ride other than the Downiedown



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Review Date
August 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: foot hill ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
FUN FUN FUN! just got back and cant wate to go again.the bullard bar trail takes you along the resavor and just rolls along with nice banked curves and roller coaster ups and downs that favor down. Ferns,moss coverd oaks,emerald colored lake huge pines that hide the suns heat and yes POISION OAK make this ride great.

Recommended Route:
for a nice 13.6 mi. ride start at rebal ridge trail head (next to rebal ridge market) and head towards the lake, then take the bullards bar trail to the vista look out point near the dam where your ride (car,truck) back to the market should be waiting.
only real climbing will be at the very end on a old gravel road, not bad at all. this 13 mi. ride feels more like 6mi. even in the summer heat.



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