Skyline in Three Rivers
ElevationAscent: 1,920' 585 m
Descent: -1,698' -517 m
High: 2,967' 904 m
Low: 1,241' 378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A little known mountain biking gem in the Central California foothills.”— James Alcorn
Because of the low elevation, 1,200 feet at the trailhead, Skyline can be ridden any time of the year, but the best time of the year is late winter and spring when the intermittent creek is flowing and everything is green. In the summer everything is the opposite of green and the temperature can be toasty, so if you ride in the summer its highly recommended to start early in the morning and afterward dip your sweaty self in the Kaweah River to cool off.
A popular descent after the four mile climb up the main fire road and 2,500 feet of elevation gain is the Creek Trail to Octupus, Serpent, or to Chutes and Ladders. All of these trails were named by local riders and are fitting once you ride them.
The trail takes you along Salt Creek with multiple creek crossings, technical rocky sections and logs to clear, while Chutes and Ladders drops you out on an old fire road turned singletrack that is fast and steep. Afterwards, your arms will be burning and brakes smoking. This eight mile route feels more like ten or twelve. There are many other trails to explore.
If you live in California and are looking for some place new to ride, or are just traveling through, take a detour from Highway 99 and check out Skyline, you wont be disappointed.
To get to Skyline exit Highway 198 from Highway 99 heading east through Visalia to Three Rivers. After passing through Three Rivers, take a right on Skyline Drive and drive up the narrow winding road, about a mile or so, until it ends and park on the side of the road at the green gate.
This is the trailhead where youll start and finish. Most riders take the fire road up and then take one of the many trails that branch off from the fire road. Route finding can be difficult your first time so grab a map or contact a local bike shop for more information.A trail map of the area is available on Central California Off-Road Cyclists (CCORC) website.
For additional information or supplies and repairs visit Sierra Bicycle Werks at 123 E. Main Street in downtown Visalia.
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