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Pioneer Trail

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Nice twenty mile banger. Trail begins with 5-6 miles gentle upslope that abutts highway 20. Not very technical but fast and fun. Cross Hwy 20 at mile 5.8 for 4.5 miles of sinlge track that runs ajacent to an old drainage canal or flume. Some good views and a nice change of pace. Once you reach Skillman Campground start back. Probably about 1000 feet in elevation change that begins at about 3,400 feet. Retunr ride is a gas.
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Latitude
39.31384734142014
Longitude
-120.75270652770996
Trail Directions
Begin at samll grocery store five miles east of Nevada City on Hwy 20. Parking at store. Trail begin just south of store. Proceed 5.8 miles to crossing point on 20. Cross and proceed another 4 plus miles to Skillman Campground. Allegedly tails continues on but that was the end for us. Turn around and head back.
Trail Length
20+ Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Nevada City
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bycyclist ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Best way to ride this is as a shuttle run. Drop off at Omega rest stop with another car parked by the canal trail. Point bike down the mountain. Now you've got a great 18.5 mile run with buff singletrack, fast rollers, tight turns, beautiful forest and semi-technical stuff at the lower part (below Harmony Mkt). The lower part is hard to find, but is one of the funnest part of the ride. That portion starts on the right of H20 just as you past the private campground. If you run this as a shuttle the way I described, it takes this trail to a 4+!.



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Review Date
June 1, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Swerveon ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nice, steady climb for a few miles up easy singletrack (preview of the fast flowing of coming back). Second half is a lot more rolling with some more technical sections. Coming back is a blast!

Recommended Route:
Climb from the store, following the highway consistantly. One little section crossing the flume with a park feel is fun to loop. Keep climbing, crossing driveways and fire roads until you reach the crossing. Cross highway 20 and continue the fun; ups and downs with nice coners and a couple of technical parts following the flume. One part opens up to a meadow with some loose river-like rock. We went further than I had last time, to the horse camp. Turned around and came back for the fun. Watch the speed coming back into the rock section (lost it and got impailed in the arm by a manzanita-ouch!). Two or three miles later, the trail splits: right takes you up where you came before, but is a bit of a pain to climb, or left takes you down a pretty quick open trail with an awesome view of the valley. Connects back with the campground at 20. Continue back down the trail you came with some good speed. Jumps, berms and a lot of fun.



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Review Date
June 23, 2006

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: dhouston ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good fun and nice change of pace. Some gentle climbs with a series of more difficult ones when proceeding across Hwy. 20.

Recommended Route:
Out and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Yuba, Bullards Bar.



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