Big Trees

 4 votes

27.0 Miles 43.5 Kilometers

20%

Singletrack

3,604' 1,098 m

Ascent

-3,602' -1,098 m

Descent

6,068' 1,849 m

High

3,927' 1,197 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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6,068' 1,849 m

High

3,927' 1,197 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

A great loop for training in the summer. It is cool at this elevation and mostly shaded.

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A perfect ride for a good workout. Starts off with great singletrack then a fire road climb to the top. After the climb you are rewarded with a fun, fast and flowing descent into Nelder grove. Tenaya is a great midway stop for water or lunch at times.

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Start out at the Lewis Creek trailhead. Cross the river and ride 2 miles some great singletrack around. A very well maintained trail that is mostly rollers. Be careful later in the day as this trail get a lot of hiker traffic, I have never had problems but be respectful.

Exit the trail and turn right to go through the Sugarpine camp. Follow the fire road until you get to highway 41. On this route we crossed 41 at Westfall Station. Pick up short singletrack here and enter the Miami Creek area. Miami Creek has a lot of places to ride. This ride stays on the fire road until you cross 41 again at Tenaya Lodge.

Fill up your water bottles for and head to the Waterfall Trail. A small section of singletrack that runs along a flume and ends at a waterfall. Head back to the fire road and up to the top of the hill. Turn off for the only difficult climb of the day. It is short but gets more technical as you get to the top. Save your legs to power through the rocks at the top.

From here it is fairly flat to the first set of Giant Sequioa's. Head down the fun and fast singletrack until you get to Nelder grove. There is another small loop through here to see some more of the giant trees and then descend the fire road back to Lewis creek trail.

Take the trail back to the parking area at the trailhead and go to Oakhurst for some BBQ.

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Sep 14, 2016
Jamie Metzger
This loop is HUGE. We did the Lewis creek trail til the sugarpine camp/road 41. 3 hours and we were beat. The ride back down to the start was great.
Jun 18, 2014
Dan Oakland
Another great ride. Started at almost 3:00, finished with plenty of light left. The waterfall out & back was getting a bit lush (tight) 27.4mi — 3h 23m
Jun 7, 2014
Dan Oakland
27.1mi — 2h 59m

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Minor Issues on Sep 14, 2016
Dry - Lots of rocks and the paths are dusty and sandy in spots.
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