Paradise Royale Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,229' 679 m
Descent: -2,228' -679 m
High: 2,530' 771 m
Low: 1,258' 383 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
“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.
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
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.
Need to Know
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
Local Club: Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association
Land Manager: BLM California - King Range National Conservation Area