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Red Hills

Average Rating:    (4.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Lots and lots of rocks and singletrack. Views of Don Pedro Reservoir. Trails range from intermediate to advanced, some extreme. Very popular with horse people, be nice, they maintain the trails.
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Latitude
37.78482544885859
Longitude
-120.45564651489258
Trail Directions
From Merced take J59 North to Red Hill Road, just a few miles shy of the 108/120 intersection. From Modesto take 108/120 towards Sonora. Look for LaGrange Rd (J59) on right. Then take Red Hill Rd after a few miles in. From Stockton take HWY 4 towards Angels Camp. Right on O'Byrnes Ferry Rd. Left on 108/120, then 120 towards Yosemite. Right on Sims Rd, right and stay right on Red Hill Rd. Once on Redhill Road you can't miss the parking lot on the South side of the road. There are bathrooms and a trail map but no water. For after the ride, note that there is a watering hole called Shakes located back on 108/120 (just West of the O'byrnes Ferry intersection) featuring fine food, grog and exotic dancing. Nice way to end the day.
Trail Length
10-20 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sonora
   


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Review Date
July 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mister ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We went July 7 and the temp was a little over 100 degrees which made it almost unbearable. We rode the trails on the parking lot side and there is a lot of dry brush that will scratch the heck out of your arms and legs if you dont have protection. Also there is hardly any shade so the sun is beating on you the whole time. Id recommend going anytime other than summer. But the trail was awesome! There is some gnarly, rocky descents that will really test your riding ability. It will definitely give you a rush if you hit it fast enough but do not try if your a beginner. Id say bring a full suspension bike but one of the guys in our group had a hardtail and got 3 flats, so bring extra tubes and tools also. I didnt have armor except for cloth shin pads but if youre thinking about getting it, then get it before this ride. One fall on those descents will hurt you. Overall a fun ride except for the heat. Expect to do some hike-a-bike. I will definitely come back.



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Review Date
February 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: laythen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Best trail within 1 hour drive of Modesto/Turlock. I rode the day after a heavy rain and it seemed to be in really good condition at the time of my ride (because of a great prevalence of rocks). The trail is steep in parts and requires quick bursts of energy to successfully negotiate. Definitely on the more technical side, this place had me pulling out my balance skills when I didn't have enough momentum to climb certain places in the trail. I would agree that this is a fun place to ride with challenging segments testing your anaerobic capacity. However, this trail is not continuously smooth, and you don't develop any real "flow" during your ride. It more or less just kicks your butt.

Recommended Route:
Ride both sides of the park (on north and south sides of Red Hills Road). North side: start at the trail that is alongside of the road and ride toward serpentine road. climb up serpentine road until you reach the end and look for the singletrack along the fence heading west. Follow that all the way back down to the parking lot. BTW, you can take a few descents to the left before you get to the parking lot that are pretty fun. South side: Old stage trail/Soaproot ridge loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
007 at Bass Lake, Dry Creek in Modesto, Highway 59 on your Harley.



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Review Date
April 12, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cowens677 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my first time riding this trail and man it will kick your butt. It is used frequently by horses also and has some steep terrain. This trail provides you with a great cardio workout but rewards you with some fun downhill. I am definately going back really soon.

Recommended Route:
Check out http://www.trogspace.com for trail info....those guys ride there a lot



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Review Date
December 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: fred-da-trog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow, no one has reviewed this lately. The place still has rocky 'thank sir, may I have another' singletrack. If you learn ride here and like it...you can handle just about anywhere, up or down. A warmup loop across the street from the parking lot is a good idea. Most the trails on that side are intermediate rated with a few short hike-a-bike sections.

Be nice to the horse people. They 'maintain' the area.



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Review Date
July 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: george_da_trog , from Patterson

Summary:
I just don't ride here in the summer. Even on days under 100 degrees the air itself seems to suck all water out of you. But when it's cool, it's great. Lot's of singeltrack, rocky singletrack, beat you up and spit you out singletrack, but it's all ridable. Did I mention rocks?

Recommended Route:
From the main parking lot, do the trails on the other side of the road first, then loop back to the main parking lot. At the start of the trail take a right and head up. Wander.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Glory Hole, Pinball, Pinecrest Peak Downhill



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