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Hole In The Ground

Average Rating:    (4.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 52

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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
July 17, 2016

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: G ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you are in the Lake Tahoe or Truckee area, this is a must ride trail. It has everything. Very tough uphills that can beat you up, Smooth flowing downhills, Rocky flat section, a very technical downhill in the end. Some of uphills and downhills brick blocks have been laid on the trails. If these weren't there it might be even more difficult.

You have to be in shape to ride this trail.

I rode in mid July, there was still snow patches at the top, but the weather is 70-80 deg. Kind of crazy. So, good riding time is between Late June to August end (summer end).

Couple of lakes to relax during the ride.

One of the best trail I have ridden in my riding career.

Intermediate technical skill riders can ride; but might have to walk few sections here and there. But if you ride this trial often then you can do 90-95%. Just a couple of places are difficult for this level.


Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just so many trials in this area, Lake tahoe is surrounded by trails. Just look at fatrac.org and click on the trails link. you fill trails all over.



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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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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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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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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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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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