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Hole In The Ground

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No. of Reviews: 51

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Latitude
39.33270413123943
Longitude
-120.29145240783691
Trail Directions
Take interstate 80 to Donner Summit,park at Castle Peak sno-park.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Truckee
   


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Review Date
June 17, 2014

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rsduron ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
hole in the ground was a complete waste of my time! I don't mind riding any technical trail as long as I am rewarded with more than a ten minute downhill! I would rather drive another hour to Downieville and do a ride like the big boulder trail and have way more fun! The signage sucks the trail is in dire need of maintenance!

Recommended Route:
none! the trails on the south shore blow this p.o.s. away!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any trail other than hole in the ground



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Review Date
July 16, 2013

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: Hoolie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First time. Really a great trail. I recommend park at fire station at bottom, ride road for half hour to trail. Once you are on single track climbing it is nice, easy grade. Others here said 800 ft climb once on trail, seems about right. Great views. A few hikers, a few bikers, everyone very nice out there. Then the downhill for about an hour is sweeeeet! Up down up down, lots of rocks, a few big boulders to ride over. I was thinking this trail is more fun than Downieville? It is pretty fun, and challenging if you are really going fast. 2.5 hours at a fast pace, I am sure people are way faster, intermediates slower, and make sure to walk anything that is uncomfortable so it remains FUN! There is a lake near the end to swim in if you want a break. Stairs at end start off easy, the last 10 or so are hairy with baseball size boulders. Climb out on gravel road for 10 or 15 min?

Recommended Route:
Frequent riders can correct me, and give better route? Only did it once, it is AWESOME! If you hit it fast it is a bit dangerous. Otherwise I would rate difficulty at 3, if riding in control. Not really the way I rode it. Is there better way out than the gravel road?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I give it overall rating of 4.5, but had to put 5 in system. Great trail.



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Review Date
July 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bruce ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Better trails out there!

I haven't ridden this trail in a few years and now I remember why - trail is not that much fun as it doesn't flow that well!

If you like slow and technical go for it - if you like fast and flowing, ride forest hill!!!

Rode this weekend and trail is still pretty wet - no snow, but lots of little creek crossings making for slippery conditions if you don't have the right tires.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Flume for the view - ride up from bottom for a good workout or take the shuttle from Mt. Rose for mostly downhill.



Comments
hoolie (07/16/2013)
He is dead on about flow vs rocks. Read that sentence about Forest hill twice.
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Review Date
June 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Eric ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time and it's by far the best trail I have ever been on. I won't lie and tell you that it's easy because it's not. I am a flat lander with good but not great cardio fitness and consider myself a technically strong intermediate. That being said the climbs dominated me. The elevation is something I really didn't consider having never been on a ride over 7000ft and in my opinion that's a game changer at least it was for me, but all of the initial butt kicking I took was soon forgotten with the first technical single track down hill portion. The flow of the trail is ever changing and also demanding from smooth single track to rock gardens and technical climbs this trail has it all, but the best is saved for last when you bomb down the stair case section which is an absolute blast with a little bit of pucker factor thrown in. The ride ends with an uneventful slog up a gravel road back to where you started from if you didn't shuttle to the trail head. All in all a great ride that I will definitely do again.

Recommended Route:
I won't be repetitive with there already being plenty of good directions on here already.



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Review Date
June 27, 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: sivilized ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the best trail I've ridden in California. Really amazing singletrack that you can go really go fast and still feel comfortable on. The initial climb is killer up to 8,000 feet elevation.

Rode this on Tuesday June 26, 2012 with my brother and didn't see a single mountain biker. Saw about 6 hikers in the last 3 miles.

I found this trail to be a perfect challenge for my skills as an advanced intermediate rider. There is one section near the end that turns into weird stairs and jarring drops, I did most of it but it kind of shook me - especially after being worn out and ready to finish. This section is not a deal breaker, you can easily walk this stuff and save your great memories of the trail.

The trail is not well marked. You just have to feel it out sometimes. Especially the last few miles. I was using BikeMapDude's Gold Country book and it got me through, but I wasn't too comfortable. Thankfully I read these previous reviews and people mentioning the various quirks.

If you are really scared about getting lost, download Cyclemeter for your smartphone. Then, go to http://cosmocatalano.com/strava-gpx-export/ and enter http://app.strava.com/rides/11829839

This will make a GPX file of my ride. To get this into your phone you need to email it to yourself as an attachment. Then open the email on your phone and click on the attachment inside the email and import the route into Cyclemeter.

This way you can get out your phone and check the route when you're not sure.

Recommended Route:
We parked in the gravel area just off of I-80 exit 174, the south side of the freeway. We rode counter-clockwise like is always recommended.



Comments
hoolie (07/16/2013)
Accurate about potentially getting lost, thank god I was with someone who had done twice before, we got lost for 100 yds, could have been long detour, had we not stopped.
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