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7.9 mile 12.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 625' 191 m
Descent: -628' -191 m
High: 870' 265 m
Low: 328' 100 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Great views, challenging sections and great fun!

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A great ride that takes the rider through several different terrains. From grassy oak lands all the way to dense pines.

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Even though most of this ride is intermediate, there are definitely black diamond sections as marked on the map.


This ride starts at the Spring Lake parking lot. From there you take the Canyon Trail fire road to the Spring Creek Trail in Annadel. This trail is technical and steep for a section of about a quarter mile right before the lake. However, it is the shortest route to Lake Ilsanjo, being just under 2.5 miles from the Spring Lake parking lot.

The trail ends at Lake Ilsanjo and from there you make a right (or left if you like) onto the Lake Trail. From there you can take a couple laps around the Lake for fun (it's really pretty and quite peaceful)... or just make your way around the Lake to the Rough Go Junction. It's clearly marked.

Stay on the Rough Go Trail for 0.9 miles until you reach the Orchard Trail. The Orchard trail can be technical at times but not difficult. Make a right on the the Orchard Trail and stay on that until it loops around to the Cobblestone Trail - approximately 1 mile. Take a left onto the Cobblestone Trail and follow it until it junctions again with the Rough Go Trail - again in about a mile. Then turn right onto the Rough Go and take it all the way down to the Canyon Trail fire road you started on, and back to the parking lot.


Land Manager: California State Parks

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Jan 27, 2019
Dustin Rudiger
Jan 10, 2019
James Fotherby
Nov 11, 2018
Patti Kesel
Oct 28, 2018
Ryan White
Oct 27, 2018
Carolina Bernal
Oct 5, 2018
Jim Fife
Came in from another trailhead. First time completing a full loop....of any trail. Rough Go Trail lives up to its namesake and then some. 5.3mi
Aug 19, 2018
Jesus Arana
Aug 18, 2018
Jesus Arana

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  4.2 from 18 votes


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What doe s the black diamonds mean Apr 6, 2014
Mikael Palner
San Francisco, CA
Mikael Palner   San Francisco, CA
It is a highly technical section of the trail. Like a black diamond piste in Skiing. Usually hikeable if you feel uncomfortable. May 1, 2014
Interesting trail. Liked the scenery changes and the area. It is hard to give a difficulty rating. It was mostly boring and mundane for me, but then you get some death defying rock gardens or a brutal eroded uphill all of a sudden. So I would say mostly easy with some difficult patches. I found a couple of exciting connectors and rocky patches so the ride was good overall. Jun 1, 2018

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