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San Juaquin River Trail Sky Harbor

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

This is a bitching trail for all those who think they have balls. All single track 17 miles up and back along the river. The sights are breath taking. Lots of climbing and down hilling. This trail also takes one to Squaw Leaps Point where the trails are awesome too. Don't bother if you don't like climbing and single tracks.
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Latitude
37.03789660491434
Longitude
-119.64976072311401
Trail Directions
From Fresno get off 41 North to Friant Road and head towards Table Mountian Casino make a left on Sky Harbor Road take all the way back until it dead ends. Trial starts at parking lot.
Trail Length
32 miles up and back
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fresno
   


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Review Date
February 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: TonyInderbitzin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a fun trail that runs from Auberry down to Millerton Lake. Another reviewer made it sound like some hellacious climb. I found the climbs to be short & all rideable & never more than a mile, so do let his review discourage you. It's full of fun singletrack with great views of the Gorge & Millerton Lake. We even ride it on our tandem!
I started from the Auberry end,Get there this way...Hwy 168 to Auberry Rd, Turn LT. After driving thru Auberry you'll bare LT onto Powerhouse Rd at the fork (LT is to North Fork, RT is up to Mono Wind casino). At about 3.5 miles turn LT @ Smalley Rd (& sign "San Joaquin River Gorge"). Drive about another 3.5 to the parking lot named "Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh". Park there. Trailhead is across the street.

Recommended Route:
At the trailhead ,the trail rolls along for .8 mi, then starts dropping gradually, then quickly. At 2.0 go thru the gate. This next section there's a few rocks. At 2.25 you'll portage over some big rocks. At 2.5 you'll cross a walking bridge & start climbing to 3.1, then it will drop to 3.75, & trail will cross a dirt road twice. At 4.3 mi, the trail will merge onto a dirt road. At 4.5 take fork on LT & over catlleguard & go straight to 4.6. There's a bathroom on the RT & a sign that marks the trail "Finegold 7 miles". Continue down that trail towards Finegold. You can ride that the entire 7 mi or less & turn around & head back at anytime. I usually stop at around 6.5, nice view of the lake there. My total ride time is just over 2 hours

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Squaw's Leap. It's right there where you parked your car & can be done with the SJ Trail. Adds about an hour.
007 at Bass Lake
Goat Mountain at Bass Lake



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Review Date
April 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: stellarbassman ,  Racer

Summary:
Its all about the final descent into Finegold Bay. its clean. kickers just big enough to get some air, and it all run along the shore of the lake.



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Review Date
October 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ninjaboot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the best ride in Fresno. Easy get away from town.

Recommended Route:
I love the climb and then to the meadow or bathrooms and back.

You can also TT the 1st mile. Check out http://fresnocup.com for fastest times.

As of today the fastest time is 8:31



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Review Date
April 23, 2004

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: jpscam ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm a new rider trying to build my skills and endurance to start racing and this trail is perfect for that. The first climb is tough, experienced riders can grind it out but I had to stop and put out the fire in my quads twice before getting there. Once you get to the top (about 1 mile up) you get about a mile or two of ridgeline singletrack (don't look down) before starting a killer downhill that lasts about 3 or 4 miles and puts a hurting on your hands and forearms. Once you get down to water level you weave your way through some fun rolling track that follows the waterline as far as you want to take it. I've only gone in about 7 miles and came back out but I hear the ride to Squaw Leap is worth the trip if you have a ride there waiting for you.

Recommended Route:
Same as the others. Take Sky Harbor Drive all the way to the dead end then ride your bike off to the right to the bathrooms and take the first trail that heads straight up the hill. Go through the green gate and get to pedaling.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
??? You tell me, I'm a rook.



Comments
ninjaboot (10/28/2007)
Check it out. Fastest time to the top of the hill is 8:31,

http://fresnocup.com
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Review Date
November 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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2.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Pete , from Rocklin,Ca

Summary:
For a freerider and or downhiller this trail sucks. This is great if you are a climbing fool, but the downhills are not worth the climb. Very prety view etc. However getting home is a bitch, make sure if you try it you bring a lot of food, water, and smoke....



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