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Shell Road Rec Area

Average Rating:    (2.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Singletrack, jeep trails and dirt road. Fun beginner to intermediate stuff.
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Latitude
37.95563570302469
Longitude
-120.45538902282715
Trail Directions
The Shell Road Recreation Area is off of Rawhide Road that runs between Jamestown and Hwy. 49, North of Sonora. If you take Rawhide Road from either direction, Shell Road takes off to the West at a 90 degree corner. Take this to the end of the pavement and park in the cul-de-sak. Over the cattle guard on a dirt road, head West and look for a jeep trail on your left (or South). This leads to a singletrack ditch trail that parallels the main dirt road. If you head East the ditch trail goes almost to the intersection of Rawhide and Shell Rds, then ends. Head in the other direction (west) and the trail leads to the Grotto, a popular spot for local rock climbers. Look for a trail that heads towards the cliffs, up and to the left, if you want to hike to the top of Table Mountain and a great view. You can ride almost to the top. Heading West, the ditch trail peters out and you can jump on the power line road till that ends. Eventually you'll end up back on the main dirt road that parallels the ditch trail. As this road crests a ridge, in a large meadow, look for a turnstile through the barb wire fence and a dirt road that heads North. This is BLR land and the dirt road, after a few miles and a right turn, takes you to the dam overlook. A really cool spot. I've heard that there is also a trail down to the old parking lot for people that wanted to drive to the bottom of the dam. This was assessable from O'byrnes Ferry Road, but is closed now. I understand that local horse people, who made these trails, are trying to get it open again. From there you could make your way across the dam and to the spill way, where they quarried the rock for the dam, and that's impressive in itself and a great place to crystal hunt.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sonora
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Whacked ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Its been 20-odd years since I last rode this area. Used to ride from Shell Rd down into the lake basin and around coming out near the Rawhide Trailer Park then back to our cars. We rode it a lot during the winter months when our favorite trails was all snow/ice and New Melonies trails were just started being built.
That said, its all pretty much closed down. You are not supposed to ride on the dirt road from the starting point. The gate at the restroom at base of Table Mountain trail (closed to bikes) is closed to traffic. So the trail pretty much consists of 1 mile of singletrack leading from start to restroom. Not worth it. Good for a hike though.
I have not checked out the other side from Peoria Flat Road where the Horse Staging area is.



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Review Date
May 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: His Knobs ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nice route on mostly dirt roads but with some pretty sweet new singletrack (maybe not new, but newly shown on Bureau of Reclamation maps). Fairly difficult climbs in some places for people with more than 1% body fat and some short places I had to hike-a-bike, but overall pretty fun for a few hours and a decent work out. Great wildflower show in the spring. Probably not much fun in the summer due to heat, dust, and horse-churned trail surface.

Recommended Route:
From Shell Road parking lot go south on dirt Peoria Flat Road a couple miles to gate/turnstyle described above. "New" singletrack takes off to left/south just before first pond less than a mile in, but I'd recommend taking the road all the way up to the dam overlook and take the singletrack back to avoid some sections too steep to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't seen them yet but several new miles of trail at Tuttletown Rec Area.



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Review Date
April 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Justin , from Manteca, CA

Summary:
We got a flat early on and ended up hiking most the trail pushing our bikes. I had extra tubes but didn't feel like changing the bad for the good, so we enjoyed a beautiful hike... The area is great wi stellar views of the lake with many meadows full of wild flowers. about half way up the trail was being plowed for some reason- BLR doing some work I imagine.. Great Beginner trail for sure - some fun little down hill spots.

Recommended Route:
We stayed on the main trail, however there appeared to be single tracks branching off that I saw hikers on, no postings about legality of riding on singles so it must be allowed.



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