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Paradise Royale Loop

 4.6 (33)

11.6 Miles 18.6 Kilometers


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Singletrack

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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Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

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All Clear 98 days ago
Dry - Loose over very hard and dry. My wife crashed hard. Be careful out there! Plenty of skeeters too, in August? 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.

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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Sep 12, 2018
Tommy Smith
Jul 3, 2018
Luke Peterson
Nothing short of Epic. Reminds me of the best sections of Tamarancho and Paradigm trail, for almost 11 miles. 10.8mi
Jun 15, 2018
Misty Earisman
more like an aggressive cross country trail, nothing too technical or steep, mostly just a really narrow trail makes the send less epic 11mi
May 30, 2018
Mitch Sanders
Kick ass!!! 12mi
May 28, 2018
HOPTODD Hendrickson
May 26, 2018
Kurt Davey
May 6, 2018
James Bishop
Combined with Courtyard and Pacific Rim for a pretty epic ride! 22mi
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

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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
Katie Carpenter
Red Bluff, CA
Katie Carpenter   Red Bluff, CA
My all time favorite mountain biking get away. The trails are just the right amount of challenging, fun and beautiful. The camping is nice and convenient. Fantastic place to ride and camp in the heat of the summer. Jun 4, 2018
Adrienne Bulinski
Denver, CO
Adrienne Bulinski   Denver, CO
Great ride. We went in June 2018 and didn't see another person on the trail! A must do if you're staying in Shelter Cove!! Jul 7, 2018

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