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Paradise Royale Loop

 26 votes

Length

11.6 Miles 18.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

2,229' 679 m

Ascent

-2,228' -679 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

2,530' 771 m

High

1,258' 383 m

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Dry - A few downed trees, dries almost as soon as it stops raining. History

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Superb mountain-bike optimized backcountry experience on the Lost Coast.

Leslie Kehmeier

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between IMBA and the King Range NCA, CA BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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Overview

The Paradise Royale Loop is an amazing way to experience the Lost Coast of Northern California. The trails have been designed and built for a mountain bike optimized experience.

This scenic area is located near the 2850' high Queen Peak, north of Shelter Cove. The entire trail system includes over 25 miles of mountain bike optimized trails with that provide a range of unique and diverse experiences.

The Paradise Royale Loop is best ridden in the clockwise direction to take advantage of the long descent on the east side of the loop. It can be ridden together with the Pacific Rim trail from Shelter Cove Road for the complete Lost Coast experience.
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Need to Know

Directions to the trailhead and parking: From US101, take the Redway/Garberville exit, then head west towards Shelter Cove/King Range NCA. Go 20 miles, pass the BLM office on the left, then further on up the hill, turn right onto a dirt road (King Peak Road). Go 2 miles to the trailhead and parking.

Description

The Paradise Royale Loop is best ridden clockwise to take advantage of a long, flowy descent on the east side of the loop.

From Tolkan Campground, ride north hugging the contours on a gradual rolling descent to Bear Creek. Cross the bridge and then settle into a demanding climb (nicknamed Fools Paradise). This portion of the ride reveals the rugged Lost Coast landscape as it travels through big, dense forest with extremely steep side slopes, exposure and very narrow trail.

Your reward after such a challenging section of trail is an exciting, flowy descent. For many, it's the highlight of the loop with a descent that seems to go on for eternity!

As the descent begins to level out, you'll pass an intersection that connects to the Pacific Rim trail. Continue straight to finish the downhill and cross another bridge over Bear Creek . From there, pedal up a moderate climb out of the valley. The route parallels the road as it turns north for the final stretch to Tolkan Campground.

History & Background

Beginning in 2005, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as well as mountain biking advocates and clubs, to create an environmentally sustainable, challenging mountain bike trail system in the Paradise Ridge area of the King Range National Conservation Area.

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Nov 25, 2017
Ben Suppe
Good shape for so late in the year! A few puddles but not muddy. Lots of slippery leaves and fallen smaller branches everywhere. 11.6mi
Oct 20, 2017
Paula Churchill
12mi
Sep 30, 2017
AJ Pasciuti
Beautiful ride! The climb felt like it took forever, but the downhill was completely worth it! If you start past 5pm, be sure to bring a light!
Jul 2, 2017
Zack Piper
11.6mi
Jun 10, 2017
Ashley Franklin
girls trip 15mi — 3h 00m
May 26, 2017
Nico Chiarito
Super fun! Strava logged it as 2800 feet of climb and I believe it. You definitely work for your downhill on this one. 12.4mi — 1h 53m
Apr 13, 2017
Chris Cox
Apr 7, 2017
Tim Murphy
Several downed trees but can easily lift bikes and continue past. Not a soul here. Then again it was raining so we were the only idiots riding. :)

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Brian Strauss
Oakland, CA
Brian Strauss   Oakland, CA
One of my favorite rides of all time. An excellent challenge and thrill for all riders Advanced-Intermediate and above. Love the flowy jumps on the East side descent. The terrain park at Tolkan campground is a blast, though make sure not to sap all your strength there. There is an error in the trail description above -- don't ride this trail counter-clockwise. Clockwise is how it's meant to be ridden. I pity the fool that rides up the flow sections and down the switch backs of Prince of Pain. Jun 27, 2015
Steve Edney
San Luis Obispo, CA
Steve Edney   San Luis Obispo, CA
i went this last summer and spend the day, camped that night. Only $8 for camping, no shower, good spot for the bucket list. Sep 29, 2015
Camped up at Tolkan Campground and did the Paradise Royale Trail Loop, second time around the climb wasn't as bad on the Prince of Pain. Few downed trees near the end of the trail but they are all easy enough to get through by walking over or beneath. Once I finished the loop I took the way down to the terrain park from Tolkan Campground about 8 times until I had enough. Fun area, check it out. Mar 12, 2017

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