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Squaw Leap

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Awesome ride. Great climbs and descents with an occasional glimpse of some rare wildlife. Beware of ruts after big rains.
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Latitude
37.09462150015557
Longitude
-119.51884746551513
Trail Directions
Take 41 North from Fresno to the Friant Road Exit. Take Friant north to Auberry. Past Auberry Road takeleft on road to power plant (See link for further directions).
Trail Length
7.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fresno
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Review Date
December 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TonyInderbitzin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Really fun & very beautiful. I ride it CW. That climb is challenging enough (much tougher climb CCW). More challenging downhill CW too. The climb is about 3.8 miles after the 1.0 mile decent at the start into the Gorge. The downhill is 3 miles of fun. Techy ST with plenty of rocks & tight turns. The decent ito the Gorge & about a mile out of it in the other side is filled with man made water bars, so plentiful that they're more like stairs. All these water bars make the climb tougher. As an intermediate/advanced rider of 25 years, this climb took me about 40 minutes. The entire ride I measured at 7.7 & took about 1:10 mins.

Recommended Route:
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 Gotge"). Drive about another 3.5 to the parking lot named "Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh". Park there. Trailhead is next to bathrooms. ReSet your computer. Bike 1.0 down to Gorge to bridge & across. Cross bridge & climb (or portage) to mile 1.2 & turn LT (for CW). Follow this up. At about 2.0 you'll hit an intersection of trails, continue straight. In about 200 yards, bare left on the moreestablished trail. Cont climbing to the saddle @ about 3.5 mi & go RT & cont climbing to summit at 3.8 miles. Enjoy the downhill. It will feed you back down to the bridge. Cross it & climb/ride 1.0 back to parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Goat Mountain, 007, San Joaquin River Trail



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Review Date
February 2, 2010

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: dtegtmeier ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love this trail. It not to far from Fresno. Only about 30 minutes depending on what route you take. I have ridden it 5 times in the last 6 months. And i have loved it every time. I usually take the trail Counter clockwise. I like the technical climb and the fast open downhill. Good trail length at about 7 miles total. Some rocky technical spots. And plenty of cliffs to fall off of if you aren't careful, so try and stay on your bike!

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise if you want a nice fast but seemingly always to short downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San joaquine river trail. Buck ridge at Hensley.



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Review Date
July 4, 2009

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: cloudsurfer14 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was a fun and challenging ride. The view from the bridge was spectacular as you crossed the rocky river! My high for the trail was the fast technical downhill with some steep ledges off to the side of the trail. My low was the 100' rocky uphill section that seemed impossible to ride.
Overall, great ride! The uphill challenges your aerobic conditioning and the downhill challenges your nerves (depending on how fast you go).



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Review Date
December 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dbjacks ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Squaw Leap is my trail of choice when visiting relatives in Fresno. Every time I have come out to this trail I've only come across a couple of riders and hikers. The second time I rode this trail I met a just retired Fish & Game Warden, his name eludes me, I think his first name was Richard. He was part of organizing the trail maintenance. He also rode a sweet Klein Mantra with a custom paint job of purple flames which would iridesce when angled in the light. The bike isn't the performer like the vp's of nowadays, but I would still own one just because of the unique frame geometry. Onto the ride-I've only ever ridden Squaw Leap CW. It's quite a climb, however the surrounding Oak woodland is fantastic. CCW clockwise as the previous review contends like it would be a great ride but only in spring to early summer when the ground is still firmed up from the winter precipitation. When it gets hot in Fresno it gets cookin' at Squaw Leap. And it definitely gets sandy, however I still found that even the downhill was still quite challenging and fun even with a little sand...nothing like the sand on Mr. Toads in S. Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Watch out for the cows!

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot, pass through two gates (rember to latch them behind yourself), Easy on the braking down the light switchbacks, then cross the bridge and climb @ 100ft. and turn left, keep heading west following the trail and it will start to break back north to northeast (this is all climbing. One section on the climb is sandy, rocky, and steep- I had to shoulder the bike for about 50ft or so up this hill. Eventually you will reach a saddle, were you want to keep on the single track trail (still not the top) A little more climbing to do here. Once the top is reached the view is fantastic. Next grab the bars to your roller coaster because that's how this ride is going down! From this point you really have to screw up to get lost of the main trail. Just follow it back to the bridge and head back to the lot! It's only 7.5 miles but it's good fun.



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Review Date
October 3, 2006

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: robnfl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Why hasn’t this trail been reviewed since November 2003? I rode this for the first time last weekend. I rode it CCW on the advice of this forum, so I could blast down the descent. Well, the descent was pretty fun with a few technical areas thrown in but the climb up was HEINOUS. It was very steep and rocky in spots, but the worst part was the thick sand. Sand sucks, but it sucks BAD when you’re climbing a rocky technical trail. Of course it hasn’t rained around here since May, so that is probably why it was so dry and loose. I think the next time I ride this trail I’ll ride up CW and then turn around and head back the same way.

Recommended Route:
CCW for a heinous, rocky, technical climb and a fun descent. CW for an easier climb, but a very technical descent.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's some good trails around Three Rivers. If you're camping at Millerton Lake SRA, theres a fun short roller-coaster trail there.



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