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Pioneer Trail

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  3.8 from 4 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #32 in the Tahoe National Forest area
#465 in CA, #5,245 Overall
Views: 4,759. Last 30 days: 342
Aug 31 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Nevada City,
“A long roller of an XC that the whole family can enjoy!”
Paul Rogers on Apr 8, 2014
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15.024.1 milesKilometers 440’134 m Ascent 5,201’1,585 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -1,936’-590 m Descent 3,704’1,129 m Low 16% Max Grade (9°)
Even though this trail doesn't stray far from highway 20 for long. it has very nice flow with several s-turn rhythym sections mixed in with short technical root patches, rollers and optional lines with kickers and berms. The most heavily used section is between Harmony Ridge Market and White Cloud Fire Station, but that is also one of the most flowy sections. The grade is gradual and most people ride as an out an back. It's close to Scott's Flat Lake Trail so many work a portion of Pioneer in with a Scott's descent.

There is trail parking at Harmony Ridge Market, White Cloud, Equestrian overlook, Skillman, and the Alpha Omega Vista. There are lots of trail markers along the way and even posted on some trees. Sometimes it's just a forestry logo and other times it's a directional sign. It's not easy to get lost as the trail always parallels the highway. The majority of the traffic on the trail is mountain bikes, but occasionally you'll come upon horses -- especially if you are near Skillman horsecamp.
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5.0 (1)
A technical route on the edge of the South Yuba River.
near Nevada City, CA
4.5 (2)
A challenging loop with beautiful views
near Nevada City, CA
4.3 (3)
A local favorite, this ride has sweet, tight trail with an easy dirt road up ...
near Nevada City, CA

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PHOTOS of Pioneer Trail
  2.7 from 3 votes
Play area (Nevada City, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
My SnowDog Loves running with me down Pioneer! (Nevada City, CA)
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