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Paradise Royale Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

11.6 mile 18.6 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,229' 679 m
Descent: -2,228' -679 m
High: 2,530' 771 m
Low: 1,258' 383 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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

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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.

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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May 24, 2020
Samuel Crossley
w/Brian
May 24, 2020
Thomas Young
Awesome trail. Downhill was amazing 14mi — 2h 08m
Oct 20, 2019
David Nims
Camped at Tolkan and basically had the campground and trail to ourselves. Great riding conditions - trail was tacky from rain, sunny but not hot 11.9mi — 2h 13m
Oct 13, 2019
Chris F
Sep 15, 2019
Neel Hammond
Jul 19, 2019
Mark Eller
Superb riding through impressive forested terrain. Physical climbing sections but never outrageously tough ... ripping descents and lots of big berms. 12mi — 2h 30m
Apr 14, 2019
Janée Romesberg
Mar 16, 2019
Jason Barnes
Love this trail. Smiles the whole way. Great terrain, incredible views, gnarly climbs, fast descents. This trail was professionally designed. 11.5mi

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Photos

Cruising through madrone trees on the Paradise Royale Loop.
Aug 5, 2015 near Redway, CA
Take a detour on the Tolkan Bike Park jumps near the campground along the Paradise Royale trail.
Aug 5, 2015 near Redway, CA
Starting the big climb up on the north end of the Paradise Royale Loop.
Aug 5, 2015 near Redway, CA
Big trees and steep slopes are part of what make the Paradise Royale trails an amazing experience.
Mar 2, 2015 near Redway, CA
Riding the ridge along the high point of the Paradise Royale loop.
Aug 5, 2015 near Redway, CA
Check out this pool of freshwater hosting numerous California Newts near the 3/4 mark of the Paradise Royale Loop.
Mar 12, 2017 near Redway, CA

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