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15.9 mile 25.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,923' 586 m
Descent: -1,923' -586 m
High: 6,876' 2,096 m
Low: 4,954' 1,510 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)


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Trail shared by Star Fangled Nut

A creek-side trail from sagebrush to aspen

Star Fangled Nut

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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.


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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Sep 6, 2018
Andrew Hunter
Sep 1, 2018
Joe Kingsbury
70 degrees. Dry
Jun 1, 2018
Jason Lampenrider
Jul 4, 2017
Doug Mann
15mi — 3h 00m
Jun 24, 2017
Sizzlin Weasel
Ran out of daylight but had a great time. The creek was flowing nicely and the views were amazing. 4mi — 1h 00m
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
Sep 2, 2016
Jamie Umbras

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  4.0 from 28 votes


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Such an awesome trail. Felt like a ride at universal studios. First two sections are singletrack with basically no rocks or other obstacles. Third section has a few really gnarly rock sections for pros only, and some other obstacles. I went over a few times, but all in all a great ride and highly recommended. Heavy snow runoff is flooding the trail in a few places - mostly able to ride thru May 30, 2017
I love this trail. Rode it this past weekend. I left my shoe in the middle parking area most likely, so if anyone happens to find it let me know please. 5.10 kestrel, grey. Women’s 5.5. Nov 12, 2018
T- Pop  
Upper section downhill is as good as mountain biking gets! Smooth, sweet, and flowing. However the lower section is only fully ride-able by top 5% of mtb'ers, expect to hike your bike for many sections. Feb 2, 2019

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