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Olema Valley Trail

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Miles and miles of single-track. Not the boom-boom huckjam kind, the soulful kind.
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Latitude
37.99752813022725
Longitude
-122.75793135166168
Trail Directions
From Central Marin, take Sir Francis Drake all the way to Olema, hang a left and go to the 5 Brooks entrance...about 3.5 miles. You can also access it through the Steward Horse Ranch 3/4 of a mile earlier for a longer ride, though I haven't tried it. From Stinson, head north on highway 1 about 10-11 miles.
Trail Length
5+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Stinson Beach or Olema
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MOB-TAM ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
http://www.vholdr.com/node/45286

Recommended Route:
Park at 5 Brooks stables and ride 6 miles singletrack to Dogtown and back on road or climb trail across highway 1 to BO BO Ridge if you still have the energy!



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Review Date
May 3, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: purceda ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
That is a perfect description of the trail and I am amazed at how little the trail has changed in over two years. (the deep V ruts going up hill are still there and the trail disappears at the same time into the high grass)I was amazed at how well marked the trail was. The map at the parking lot is not helpful at all but you don't really need one.

Recommended Route:
Start at the horse ranch, end in Dogtown



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Review Date
May 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: G. Wright , from Fairfax, CA

Summary:
This trip starts on the shoulder of Highway 1 for me, riding up a short fire road to the parking area. Don't repeat my error of gliding very slowly down into the horse ranch; the Teutonic show jumpers will chase you off with their riding crops. The trailhead in the parking lot is well marked, and you curve gently around a pond before banging a left to begin your real journey. Straight off, let me tell you that I am a cross-country rider. I don't huck, slam, gnarl or behave like an idiot. I dearly love single track, but I also love climbing. So, for those of you who quantify the worth of a single-track by how many wheelie-drops you can do on it, head over to JT Howell or Zig-Zag, both of which I've done on my front-suspension XC rig, and have a blast. This is LEGAL SINGLE-TRACK. Better, it is 5+ miles of adventurous single-track and when I rode it, I saw nary a hiker, horse or biker other than my wing man Kevin, who upon finishing said bluntly, "That was the single best thing I've ever done on a bike." And it is, its just great. We did it in a freak rainstorm in May, which followed a week of rain in April, so some of its epicness had to do with the truly deplorable, unprecedented and hilariously ugly mud. Immediately after starting, it is a bog; a gloppy, spinning, hub-deep Rubix cube that can be solved only by judicious route choices, sudden bursts of power and the occasional application of testosterone. You can't beat the mud, you can only hope to contain it. For all 5 miles. The trail ascends steeply on the single-track. It also narrows abruptly at times, often degenerating into that ugly deep V that horses so often cause. You eventually reach a peak of some sort, and I was embarassed to find that my altimeter indicated a truly lame amount of climbing. Believe me, it feels like a lot...but it really isn't. Keep heading south at a signed junction, and get in the groove. Its narrow and winding, with a few ups and downs to keep you amused. Oh, and there are just loads of marshy areas to slew your freeriding ass around. Kevin and I arrived exultant at an intersection; I could see the trail heading left back to Hiway 1 and I thought, "wow, 5 miles goes quick when you're having fun." What an oaf. The sign informed us, incredulously but definitively, that you go THIS way. Toward Dogtown. Up. And you still have 3.1 miles to go. So go we went, and its all a blur now. I remember one steep downhill. I remember wading through a river. I remember downhill track that wasn't quite switchbacks, but more like chicanes that you just leaned into and carved like a freaking black diamond run. I remember bobbing and weaving the abundant plant life trying to smack me in the face. I remember a dozen jackrabbits, giant banana slugs, cow parsnip, lupine, wild iris and redwoods. After all that bliss, the final mile was even better. It's a long, not-steep downhill through high grass, just racing the bumblebees. Capped off with a 1/4 mile of gorgeous open meadow. The trail literally disappeared, and it was just me and the Marin Mount Vision cruising through grass that swept over my handlbars. Unbelievable.

Recommended Route:
See Above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We did this as part of a comprehensive 71-miles-in-two days recon of the Stinson Beach riding scene. This day's loop: from Stinson north on highway 1, up McCurdy, all the way down Bolinas Ridge, down to Olema, on the road to Olema Valley Trail, single-track it to Dogtown and back on the road. The other day, we ascended Randall, which is roughly 1,000 times nicer than McCurdy and also bagged a screaming descent of Shafter and a fun little climb up the aptly named Jewell. We've done Willow Camp already, both up and down...see reviews.



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