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Pioneer Trail

Intermediate

Trail

14.2 mile 22.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 244' 74 m
Descent: -1,723' -525 m
High: 5,195' 1,583 m
Low: 3,716' 1,133 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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A long roller of an XC that the whole family can enjoy!

Paul Rogers

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Description

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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May 24, 2020
Tessa Ramsay
Lots of fun! Omega start is more technical and scenic than the section from White Cloud 14.2mi
May 24, 2020
John DeMaria Daniel
jumps are fun on the way back 14.2mi — 2h 00m
Aug 25, 2019
Erik Stoner
Aug 18, 2019
Donny Barnec
Jul 27, 2019
Matt McBride
Apr 22, 2019
Ron F
Could easily be done on a fully ridged mtb.
Jun 24, 2018
John Kroeger
Jun 10, 2018
Erik James
7mi — 1h 20m

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 20 votes

#2

in Nevada City

#4251

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Trail Rankings

#2

in Nevada City

#224

in California

#4,251

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Flowy goodness
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
At the steep drop in
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Trail approaching campground
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
The drop in!
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Hoot Trail Run Top to Bottom.
Nov 15, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Pioneer Trail.
Mar 1, 2018 near Nevada…, CA

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