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Freeman Memorial Trail

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Mostly single track through the woods. Some gravel road next to the Feather River. It goes though some old gold rush sites and a gold rush grave yard. It's also the site of the Oroville DH course. Good DH some rockey spots.
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Latitude
39.219278
Longitude
-121.058952
Trail Directions
Take the Oroville-Quincy hwy to the Oroville Dam turn off. Go to the Dam and cross over it. At the end of the Dam there is a road to the right that leads to a boat launching area and a cul-de-sac. Park in the cul-de-sac and the single track starts there.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Oroville
   


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Review Date
October 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: evan1395 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Excellent from start to finish. tons of tight switchbacks, loose rock, deep ruts and tons of rock gardens.

Recommended Route:
Park at the end of the Dam Rd. Dont turn right into the boat launch area keep going until it dead ends into a small turn around. Park there and go left DOWN the FREEMAN MEMORIAL Trail. It goes all the way down to the river and is Excellent Downhilling

Other recommended trails in the same area:
CrossCut Trails and Potters Ravine



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Review Date
December 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jack rawlins ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I find the other reviews on this area incomprehensible, and I ride these trails 15 times a year. Let me try to bring some order to the chaos. The Freeman Trail is a 50-mile loop that includes lots of different kinds of riding. Much of it is dead boring flatland dirt road. You can get a map at Greenline Cycles in downtown Oroville. Some of the Freeman (the part most of the other reviews are talking about) is to the north of the dam forming Oroville Lake. It's largely informal and unmapped. Park at the north end of the dam in the little turn-out and explore--go left for downhill,for cross country go right up the short ST to the gravel road and go through the gate on the right about a quarter mile up the road, then just wander. By far the best part of the FT is the trail system between the dam and the Loafer Creek Campground to the south. This trail system is beautifully mapped and consists entirely of gorgeous, smooth, rolling ST. To get a map, get off Hi 70 at Oro-Dam Blvd (Oroville's main artery), drive 2-3 miles to Olive Highway, take it to the right, drive 5-6 miles to the Miner's Ranch intersection and go L onto Kelly Ridge Road, then follow the signs to the lake Visitor Center--buy a map. This trail system is about 20 mi if you rode every alternative. This is one of the most pristine ST systems in California--no kidding. The drawback is that the trails are shared with horses, and the horse people have been working to keep riders off the trails. The status of the trails seems to change from week to week. For many years bikes were forbidden. Then bikes were allowed on some trails every day and on other trails every other day. Then bikes were banned again. Then they were allowed again. Then the word went out that they would be banned. I was there last week (12/04) and to my amazement bikes were allowed everywhere and horses were banned from about half the trails. LOBO, the Lake Oroville riders' group, might have up-to-date info.



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Review Date
January 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: muddhawg , from Palermo

Summary:
If you decide to drop off from the culde-sac. Downhill can bebe a little hairy in spots. Once you've reached the end of the downhill, don't cross the fancy foot bridge, stay to the right and cross the creek and head up the hill, this will take you to some really good cross country single track. Eventually the trail bottoms out near the river and onto the gravel access road, if you turn around now the free flowing downhill becomes a pretty good uphill workout.

Recommended Route:
There's more here than meets the eye!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you want to avoid the trail demolishing horses stay North of the river, if you want a different route up to the Dam continue South on the access road to the bridge that crosses the river(You'll have to huff it up to the bridge on foot) After you cross the bridge turn to the North and head through the old train tunnel.(there is a light switch to the right!!) After riding along the river hit the second trail up and just keep headin forward. You'll end up near just below the Dam and can head back up there on the road.



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Review Date
August 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Traverse_left , from Chico,CA,

Summary:
Times when I'm looking for a fast and curvey single track, with ups and downs, this is where I go. Smooth for the most part with some rocky sections and traversals. Recommended for XC riders and not so much for downhillers. If you hammer the trail is a dam good work out and much fun. Stay right. Bring lots-o-water on hot days. Bring a friend, or two.

Recommended Route:
You know how to get there.OK. Park at the Cul-de-sac, and ride the fire trail to the right for a warm up. Head down the single track until you see the car again. Take the single track next to the road. Stop ,take a break at the picnic bench under the tree. Breath. The trick to this ride is to stay to the right on most trail heads. You see a intersection. go right, stay in the hills, away from the river. Big key, half way through the trail you will be next to the river, and there are several parallel trails, ok, make sure you go right. This ride can take you down all the way to Highway 70. Ride back up Brad's trail (fire road). Did I say stay right?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bidwell is always fun, challenging and rocky! Rocks hurt to fall onto.



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Review Date
January 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Shadrack , from Los Osos

Summary:
There are several trails that start here. You can take the one closest to the parking place and it will take you down to the river. There is another trail a few yards to the north of that. It will take you back into the woods more. It's all single track. If you take the one that goes to the river, go west when you get to the gravel road. You'll come to the Long Bar monument and there is a trail head just to the north of that. It's all single track and after about 7 miles it will take you back to the top of the dam. I like the trail and I think that it's fun. I'm obviously not in Picasso's league but Heather, I'll ride with you any day.

Recommended Route:
Park at the North end of the Dam at the cul-de-sac.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Feather Falls, Chico



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