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Pa'san Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (19)

A balloon on a string with a wonderful downhill - most people ride it clockwise.


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Map Key

6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

Singletrack

1,834' 559 m

High

679' 207 m

Low

1,156' 352 m

Up

1,417' 432 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

No motorized vehicles including ebikes per BLM rules

Description

It costs $5 to park in the San Joaquin River Gorge parking lot.

From the bathrooms follow the trail downhill for about a mile until you get to bridge that crosses the San Joaquin River. Enjoy the view here and notice the hydroelectric plant just up river a bit.

Cross the bridge and start climbing. Most people take the trail to left and ride the loop clockwise to make for a great decent. As the trail levels out for a short bit you'll notice the Wuh-ki'o Trail connects and goes to your left. Continue climbing, near the top there is a rock garden hike a bike. When you get to the top there are several places to stop and enjoy the view.

The descent back to the bridge is a blast. You need to be careful as this trail will get several hikers on nice days. Make sure you always ride in control.

When you get back to the parking lot if you didn't get enough riding in then take the San Joaquin River Trail for an out and back ride or shuttle to Finegold.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rob Kranovich with improvements by Mike Satre and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 19 votes

#2

in Friant

#5844

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  3.9 from 19 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Friant

#319

in California

#5,844

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Tozz
Jan 18, 2014 near Auberry, CA
Top of the hill. Great views.
Jan 16, 2021 near Auberry, CA

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May 1, 2021
Alex Olivas
Dec 30, 2020
Darryl Booth
A challenge for newer riders. East half of loop seemed very rocky. Definitely advanced if you try to stay in the saddle. 8mi — 3h 15m
Dec 30, 2020
Jeff Schmidt
8.1mi
Mar 23, 2019
Alex Faine
Counter-clockwise makes for a fast, fun downhill! — 3h 00m
Oct 14, 2018
Norman X161
Clockwise ride from the parking lot and back. Tough climb, hiked the bike a bit, but awesome descent down to the bridge. 7.8mi — 1h 44m
Aug 5, 2018
Roberto Farias
not a great idea to ride in the summer time. way too hot 6.5mi
Feb 10, 2018
Ryan Johnston
Took my dog, Keira, along. Lots of cows and hikers on the trail. Conditions were dry and beautiful. 7.4mi
Oct 15, 2017
Kevin Schellenberg