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PINBALL

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

YOU are the pinball. Not for the faint of heart. Gnarly, burly, sometimes tight, sometimes sick singletrack. This trail rolls down an ancient lava flow that starts in the high Sierra. Fantastic, gargoyle like lava-rock formations. Stop and check um out. This trail will rip the knobies off your tires as quick at it will rip skin and muscle from bone. One flatland rider was heard to exclaim " THIS ISN'T A TRAIL, I'M GOEN' BACK!" When finished all trails head back down to Lyons Lake. Trail also finishes at the start of Deer Creek RR grade. If you do them both in the same day, you're a better man than me...
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Latitude
38.14451380270948
Longitude
-120.15249252319336
Trail Directions
From Sonora continue East on HwY 108 to town of Sugarpine (about 20 minutes). Park in lot across the highway from Kelly's Kitchen restaurant. Take jeep trail down to large dirt road (an old RR grade). Mark this spot so when you're done you can find the way back to you're car. Go right (East) on RR grade to Lyons Lake. Cross dam, take singletrack to the right of heliport to dirt road that circles the lake. Continue right (or East) on this road towards the headwaters of the lake. If you haven't done the smart thing and picked up a topo map at the Forest Circus, you have to look for another dirt road that heads up the mountain, left or (West). If you find that the road that circles the lake dead ends, it will be the last left you could have taken. Always head up. And up. And up. About two miles or so. Don't take the left turn, continue up. When this road crests you're at the PINBALL trailhead. It's marked on a small tree with a XC ski yellow triangle. If you take the singletrack to the North it will take you to Krandel Peak (not a bad batch of singletrack, but short.) Head West to do PINBALL. Some walking involved to get to the top of the downhill, but it's worth it.
Trail Length
25-35 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Sonora
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: randomsurplus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Let me just say "Ogre" you need to learn how to communicate directions better !

This trail system is not worth the climbing. The payback is minimal, although there is some technical sections, there is so much loose soil, its not even fun.

all in all,I would give this place a single chilli

Recommended Route:
GOOD LUCK !! The directions up top suck. Even with GPS, it was a hard ride using maps.



Comments
0gre (06/30/2008)
Ha! I give lousy directions? I don't think I've given out any directions for Pinball anywhere, these certainly aren't my directions and my site doesn't have any either.

Don't blame me if you wandered around aimlessly trying to find this trail. My biggest suggestion for Pinball is to find a local to take you around because it's a bit of a maze.
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Review Date
May 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Train , from Tahoe City

Summary:
This is a sweet trail system! There are endless trails here, it's almost better than Downieville b/c there are less people. The trails are fast, fun and rocky.

Recommended Route:
Same as described above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
??



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Review Date
February 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: george , from patterson

Summary:
It's rough. When I go back I'm taking a little armour. When the snow clears I'm going back.

Recommended Route:
Just go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pinecrest Downhill



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Review Date
May 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Finch Platte , from Stockton

Summary:
Whew! This trail is rugged. If you like smooth, flowing singletrack, stay away from this one, cuz there's virtually none. You'll start at the bottom and climb your way up a forest fire road- crossing a dam w/ a scenic waterfall. Nice and shady, until you reach the top. You DID bring your armour, didn't you? Because you're in for some bumpy singletrack on the way down- lots of small to med-sized rocks on the trail. The guys we were with who had the DH bikes were fine- we had XC bikes w/ less travel, and we were constantly bounced off the trail. Nice views, for sure, and as Kore mentioned, there are some interesting rock formations to see- if you can get your eyeballs to stop jittering! Do NOT take beginning riders here- even our intermediate riders were having difficulties. Bring a fishing pole if you want to relax afterwards- there's a nice little lake in which to try your luck.

Recommended Route:
Up, then down.



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Review Date
March 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: klyf

Summary:
stay on the attack,trust the traction,wear armor.be prepaired for an epic and awsome adventure.extremly technical.it's called 'the expressway'on the forest service map.

Recommended Route:
the only rout

Other recommended trails in the same area:
tuolumne and calaveras counties have the hidden gold mie of trails



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