Lower Rock Creek Trail

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Trail

15.9 Miles 25.6 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,923' 586 m

Ascent

-1,923' -586 m

Descent

6,876' 2,096 m

High

4,954' 1,510 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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A creek-side trail from sagebrush to aspen

Star Fangled Nut

Overview

Keep your head up for hikers, dogs, and uphill traffic.
One of the area's best singletrack trails with a few ride options from a longer out and back, shuttle, or a lap or two on the upper sections for a quick fix.

Additional Info:
-Bishop Region Recreation Topo Map & Guide, Sierra Maps
-Mountain Biking Mammoth, Extremeline Guides
-Mountain Biking Southern California, Falcon Guide

Need To Know

The trail is in somewhat sandy substrate so running a lower tire pressure is nice but its super easy to pinch flat in the rocks. The lower "gorge" section is a "Intermediate/Difficult" rocky commitment so plan accordingly.

Description

Park at the trailhead off of Lower Rock Creek Road just west of Rock Creek. This trailhead has recently been improved and includes signage and a portapotty. Many folks chose to ride up the road to the upper trailhead, or at least to the upper two sections. If you choose to ride up the trail, walk back to the east past a house and look for signs to a singletrack trail that will take you past the private homes.

At the road crossing, for the true XC experience, jump on the trail as it leaves the unpaved parking pullout and ride up to the next road crossing. The trail jogs downhill slightly, crossing the creek on the pavement, before heading uphill again towards the upper trailhead.

The upper two sections (see map) are fast and fun with aspen groves, moderate rock gardens, bridges, and the lower gorge is adventure biking at its best with some gnarly rock gardens, baby heads, and some terrific scenery.

History & Background

This is signed specifically as a mountain bike trail, the upper sections are managed by USFS and the lower by BLM.

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Oct 24, 2016
Brian Staley
Great trail! The sound of rushing water & the Aspen trees were bright yellow. The 1st & 2nd section are nice & flowing. 3rd section is technical.
Oct 1, 2016
Jamie Umbras
Upper and Lower as a downhill ride 9.5mi — 1h 08m
Jul 5, 2016
Sheep Dawg
May 28, 2016
Jeff Russell
Mar 20, 2016
Thomas Page
Oct 31, 2015
Martin Dix
Jul 21, 2015
Simon Begin
Jul 15, 2015
mark st
In the upper part watch your speed into a quick left turn. The trail will send you down 4-5 feet in the creek. Got a good 1cm gash on my chin. 15.9mi

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  3.6 from 17 votes

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Conditions


Minor Issues 46 days ago
Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees
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Too bad they don't hook it up all the way into Bishop. May 6, 2014


The 2 posted pics do not really show the character of the ride - rather rocky and technical in places Mar 30, 2015


We shuttled it and the ride was about 6.5 miles. Basically 1/2 of it was super fast flowy singletrack and the other 1/2 was on the rocky side with a few opportunities to get seriously hurt if you went OTB. All in all, a blast to ride andI'm glad I finally got over here to check it out. Jun 26, 2015


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