Bullards Bar Loop

 6 votes

15.2 Miles 24.4 Kilometers



2,532' 772 m


-2,530' -771 m


2,571' 784 m


1,916' 584 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (21°)

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A nice XC trail with great views and exposed trails.

Shayne Holderby


Multi-use Trail.
This is a very beautiful rolling XC trail above a lake. Nothing technical here but definitely some tricky spots that won't be hard to see coming, so suitable for anyone comfortable with narrow singletrack and occasional exposure. Storms frequently drop trees on the steep slopes so having to navigate through poison oak around new blowdowns is always a possibility.

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The trail has multiple connectors that are clearly marked if you want to shorten or even add to the ride shown.


The trail starts with a quick downhill on a fire road to the singletrack from Viewpoint trailhead. The track starts wide but narrows considerably. Trail exposure also increases as you get further on down the trail. The trail is completely covered in large sections with dead leaves and scatterings of pine-cones which can lead to some really interesting exposed cornering (watch your speed).

The outside edge of the trail on some corners is soft and will fall away under tire so hug the hillside of the trail. The views along the trail are very distracting (beautiful). Even on hot days it seems this trail will stay cool. You'll encounter downed trees along trail (maintaining this trail has got to be a full time job for a group of people). It's is far less "groomed" than most and that's what makes it worth doing. If you like speed and downhills, probably not your best choice here.

I was frustrated by the climb at mile 9 - it's just a monster uphill and frankly the trail back along Marysville Rd is an overgrown mess. 8 Ball has a nice singletrack section, but it also has some extremely disappointing spongy fire road that is no fun to ride on. I would recommend doing this trail as an out and back, turning back at the sign indicating the Marysville Rd 1 Mile Trail. I enjoyed the ride and will be back, if you're an XC rider, I would even say this a must do trail just for the views.

Note: This track as mapped skips the trail that would normally tie you back into the main Bullards Bar Trail using Schoolhouse Trail. After 8 Ball, I shot down the road to finish because I wasn't happy with the ride along the top part of 8 Ball.

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See bonc.org For a Complete Trail Map and the History of Mt. Biking in this area.


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May 27, 2017
Sven Rothfu
Sep 17, 2016
John McIntire
Great trail
Aug 5, 2016
david coe
When get to the massive climb, turn around and go back the way you came. Beautiful ride.
Jul 3, 2016
Ryan Schauland
Great trail. Easy access, and no crowds. 15mi
May 28, 2016
Larry Russell
After Downieville — 0h 56m
May 4, 2011
Phil Morales

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Minor Issues 79 days ago
Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: There is a few trees, 9 miles in from Vista there is a major slide, can climb up and over. Ticks, over 15 ticks on two people
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Bullards Bar is in Camptonville, not Nevada city. Nov 25, 2015

Surprisingly fun trail. Description is pretty accurate: Beginner level trail as long as the rider is comfortable with relatively tight turns and some exposure. Still a fun trail for better riders due to the views and fun turns. May 19, 2017

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