Park Ridge Loop

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  4.0 from 1 vote
black  Difficult from 1 vote
Rank: #14 in the High Sierra area
#512 in CA, #6,396 Overall
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Trail in the area near Squaw Valley,
“A fun, challenging loop with great, long vistas.”
Dan Oakland on May 30, 2014
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6.810.9 milesKilometers 1,176’358 m Ascent 7,108’2,167 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
Doubletrack Type -1,260’-384 m Descent 5,858’1,786 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
You can encounter snow many months out of the year.
From the Cherry Gap/Converse Basin marker on the 180, after you've gone through the small section of King's Canyon National park, travel east and around a gate to the right when the road splits. Stay to the right (13S77) here, then left at the 'T' after a few miles. After this split, you'll understand the difficult designation for this trail. There are a few steep -20%+ sections that can be dusty enough to hide any obstacles. That said, you'll also get some great views looking east & down to Hume Lake. You might even hear the campers below.

It's a steep, quarter moon ridge looking down. After a few more miles you'll hit a clearing and see Hwy 180 again on your left. Turn here almost 180 degrees and start climbing the return stretch Forest Rd 13S48 (aka Indian Basin) back to your starting point.
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4.5 (2)
An wesome fireroad trek with great views and interesting history lessons.
near Squaw Valley, CA
4.3 (3)
A stiff climb rewarded with a great link up to Willow Creek via Mary Jane.
near Oakhurst, CA
4.1 (7)
A little known mountain biking gem in the Central California foothills.
near Three Rivers, CA

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PHOTOS of Park Ridge Loop
  3.3 from 3 votes
The Park Ridge loop is tough, but the views are amazing. (Squaw Valley, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Wrapping up the Park Ridge loop can be tough after everything before it. (Squaw Valley, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Hume Lake through the trees (Squaw Valley, CA)