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Scott''sDrop

Average Rating:    (1.5 of 5)

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I like to start at the Harmony Ridge Store. There are plenty of parking spots here and the store welcomes mountain bikers. The Lone Grave Trail is rather new and is on U.S.F.S. land. It starts right past the 5-mile house. It''s rather easy to find. The single-track trail runs parallel with the highway and heads east on the south side of HWY 20.   Follow the Lone Grave Trail for about 1.9 miles where you will see a dirt road cross the trail at an angle from the highway. There is a big no littering {or else} sign on the highway here too, look for that if you aren''t sure. {You are .4-mile from the Lone Grave at this point.} Take a right {south} on this dirt road. In a .1-mile you will pass through a forestry green gate. Another .1-mile brings you to a road clearing that was just riped up {old log landing}. After the road clearing and less than .1-mile look for a cedar tree on the left with a orange paint spot on it and a few faded ribbons. The trailhead is hard to see...but there is a narrow single-track starting here…Scotts Drop Trail. This is the newer section that was built after the logging made the other access rather difficult to find.{Its is on my map and still there but the new trail is better.}   The first part of Scotts Drop Trail is rolling and after you intersect with the old access trail {dropping in on the right at .2 miles} it becomes much steeper. There are 7 or more switch-backs with tight turns and sharp drops. Its not real rocky but there are a lot of exposed roots and it can get muddy in the rainy months. You get treated to some lake vista views as you descend into a heavily forested canyon. After descending for .7-miles you cross a ravine and climb a .1-mile. {Where you cross the ravine don''t take the right downhill trail.} The trail splits at the top of the hill, keep to the right here. You pop out of the forest at the end of Scotts Flat Pines Rd. Take a left here and drop down to the lake on this paved road.   At the intersection of Casci Ranch Rd. look for a single-track on the other side of the road…the lake side. Jump on this single-track and it becomes the Snow Mountain Ditch that you are riding on. This trail will bring you into the camping area. The trail kinda wanders here and can be confusing, you will end up on the campground road at some point. Ride the road and look for the ditch trail to continue where the upper parking lot is.{If you don''t see the trail try looking up the hill, the ditch trail can be hard to see if you are below it. The trail runs next to the lake so if you don''t see it just look around.}The Snow Mountain Ditch parallels the lake and is within 60 ft of the lake for most of the 2-mile lakeside trail. The Azalias bloom in early June on the Snow Mtn. Ditch and are very fragrant.   After crossing the boat launch road look for the ditch trail to continue along the shoreline. It''s another mile to the end of this trail and the climb back out on the paved Scott''s Flat Rd. to your car.
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Latitude
39.286183735574255
Longitude
-120.9450101852417
Trail Directions
I got the preceding directions on The Fish's Mtn. Bike Site. Scott's Flat starts where you start the Lower Pioneer Trail outside Nevada City. You can add it on to your ride coming back down from the Upper Pioneer Trail for a very fun and steeeeeeep "tight singletrack swichback downhill." Along the lake is pretty fun rolling singletrack up and the shoreline. It's a fun little section to add on to the Pionner.
Trail Length
11 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Nevada City
Country
CA, USA
Web Address
Look up "The Fish's Mtn. Bike Page" on Google
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: barry ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Scott drop is a decommissioned very erosive steep unsustainable trail. I has been replaced with a trail built by mountain bike riders; a volunteer group called Forest Trails Alliance and the trail now is called called Scotts Flat trail that is about 5 miles long. It is flowy and well engineered for sustainability please do not skid on corners.
As stated before park near Harmony Ridge Market on Highway 20, 5 mies east of Nevada city, cross highway 20 to South side and travel a few hundred yards East up the hill and see trail on right that goes all the way down to the lake. Out and back trail ridable both ways. NO MOTOR BIKES OR HORSES OR QUADS because it is heavily sculpted for bicycles or foot traffic only. Take a swim at the lake and ride back up to your car!



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Review Date
July 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

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 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hagen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
On Scoot's Drop, I forgot to mention how to get there. Take I-80 east to Auburn, Hwy 49 to Grass Valley/Nevada City, keep straight past the 49 turn off (this is where Hwy 20 starts, take 20 up to Harmony Ridge Market about 4 miles up.



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