October 29, 2006
5 of 5
5 of 5
4 of 5
Once a month
Reviewed by: bpressnall
Cross Country Rider
This is a great trail for the x-country rider that enjoys technical trail riding. I think it has too much climbing for the pure downhiller types. Awesome views on the upper sections and the singletrack has everything from easy cruising, techno climbs, and granite slickrock ramps and dropoffs. Some of the trail can be a bit intimidating the first time because you can't always see what's below as you crest over granite boulders, but it it completely rideable by a good rider, I think, except the two creek crossings. In spring/early summer the water may be too high too cross safely.
If you want to shuttle, get your mommy to drive you up while you have milk and cookies. The real mountain bikers can just follow the discription. The only mistake I found (I wrote the discription) was that I mistakenly called road 4N12 road 5N12 a couple of times and it didn't mention the county, which is Tuolumne county. If you want to add 1.4 miles of singletrack on the way up, you can go up to the Gargoyles vista and find a trail to your right. Follow this up and down for a ways and look to the right for some rock cairns leading up right. Climb up a bit and you will find a faint trail heading out across the lavacap. This will lead back to 4N12 a mile above the Gargoyle turn. Also at the very bottom of the ride, where the trail merges with a trail along the Stanislaus River, you can turn left and go to a big log that crosses the river and continue on a trail to highway 108. That just avoids the second crossing of Herring Creek.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pinecrest Peak, Eagle Creek, Willow Meadow, Aspen Meadow-Coffin Hollow- Rock Creek, Deer creek- Crandall