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Crystal Cave Downhill

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

It's All Downhill! It's 24 Miles and Drops 4000 ft. Incredible Views!! Plan A Whole Day for it! I'm NOT Completely Sure if Bikes Are Allowed on the Trail Because it's within the Park boundries (I Never Got a Straight Answer from Anyone) FOR NOW, RIDE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
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Latitude
36.57101023100815
Longitude
-118.80793333053589
Trail Directions
Trail Length
24 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Three Rivers
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Review Date
December 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ArthurOgawa ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail follows the old Colony Mill Road through Sequoia National Park. Park regulations do not permit bicycling off paved roads. I have written to IMBA.com to ask MTBR to revise their trail list to indicate that this trail is illegal for mountain bikes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ride the Three Rivers Public Lands instead: http://content.mtbr.com/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-all-other-areas/PRD_165100_4518crx.aspx or http://content.mtbr.com/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-all-other-areas/PRD_291918_4518crx.aspx. Or ride Shepherd Saddle.



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Review Date
September 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Samson Simpson , from AZ

Summary:
old park entrance road

Recommended Route:
FYI - Bicycles are prohibited on this trail, they unfortunately are only allowed on paved roads within the park boudaries.



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Review Date
June 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Moose , from Lemoore

Summary:
This is a great ride; enough of a climb to keep you from feeling TOO guilty about the long, long descent. A little overgrown in parts, but never so much you can't see the "singletrack" of bare dirt among the grass/bushes covering the old jeep track that this route follows. Most of it is high enough to have wildflower blooms even in late June, and the views are incredible. Take the time to look. LOTS of poison oak, but you can dodge it all pretty effectively. Only saw one snake, but it was non-poisonous. I think the biggest hazard are the drop-offs on either side of the trail -- the thought of falling a couple thousand feet to your young death may be the only thing that slows you down on this ride, because there is nothing really technical to do that otherwise. Watch for a couple of big washouts, but these will only slow you down briefly. Tell your shuttle driver to give you two hours to meet them at the HWY 198 intersection, which will give you a decent amount of time to relax and grab a beer up at the Shell station after you're done.
I finished the ride with blisters on my braking fingers and big grin -- enjoy it.

Recommended Route:
Directions as written are accurate to w/n .01 miles. Couldn't be better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
007 -- Bass Lake



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Review Date
May 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jesse Hilliker , from Lemoore CA

Summary:
DO plan on taking a while to do this trail. It is an hour drive from the bottom of the trail to the top by car, so make sure you think about the logistics before you do this ride.
DO NOT expect to get any help if you break down. I rode this on Memorial Day weekend and did not see another soul other than the ones in my group. Bring everything you need in case you break down. It's a long walk, and you will get no cell phone reception to bail you out.
DO make sure your brakes work. I probably did 50 turns on my pedals in the 12 miles that I rode. None of it is steep, but make sure you have plenty of pads left.
DO NOT do this ride if you are deathly afraid of poison oak or snakes.
DO know the legalities involved. According to the flyer at the gate, biking is allowed on the paved roads in Sequoia. Upon arrival at the top of this trail we were greeted by a sign that says, "Pets, Firearms, and Wheeled Vehicles Prohibited". I did not take the time to run down a park ranger and ask whether a bike was technically a "vehicle" or not. You will have no trouble getting bikes into Sequoia and will most likely not run into ANYONE while riding this trail, but do know that it may or may not be in keeping with the rules of the park.

Recommended Route:
Only change from above- at about 2.5 miles from the top there is a fork- one up and right and one down and left. The description says stay right and go downhill so I was a little confused. I went down and left at that fork and came out where I expected, so recommend that route.
This ride consists of 2 parts- the inside-Sequoia part and the outside-Sequoia part. Inside Sequoia it is mainly dirt road with a few places where the trail narrows to wide singletrack. The initial climb is about 1.5 mi and the whole ride (uphill and down) is very gradual. You will get the best views inside Sequoia but you will also start to see a ton of poison oak (it is everywhere) and may see a few rattlers (only one good sized one for us). You will pass a few dried up stream beds which abound with ticks. As you pass the fence that marks the Sequoia boundary (about 10 mi. from the start) it becomes dirt road (North Fork Drive) and then will soon turn into paved road. You can drive up from Three Rivers as far as the lower Sequoia fence, so this is the shortest ride you can do (10 mi). Or you can park in Three Rivers at the bottom and bike all of North Fork Drive, which will be another 10 mi of pavement along the big (and cold) creek. North Fork Drive is a nice ride as far as pavement goes, and there's a place to eat where North Fork hits 198.



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Review Date
January 10, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: -al's fatty- , from 3R

Summary:
what makes this ride nice are the views of deer ridge, castle rocks, mineral king and marble fork canyon. you can't get views this nice on many trails. as for the ride, it's a fast, easy, and long downhill with some easy uphill in the begining. be sure to stop and look around often as there is much to see!

Recommended Route:
same as above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
skyline, shepard's saddle, horse creek.



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