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Millwood to Chicago Stump and Park Ridge Loop

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Trail

23.9 mile 38.5 kilometer loop
5% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,758' 1,146 m
Descent: -3,759' -1,146 m
High: 7,119' 2,170 m
Low: 5,098' 1,554 m

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Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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An wesome fireroad trek with great views and interesting history lessons.

Dan Oakland

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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The gates to the Millwood OHV staging (parking) area can be closed in the spring due to mud and/or snow. Non-specific dates.

Overview

While this ride is almost exclusively forest service road, it is a great escape that is relatively easy to get to from Fresno. You'll be riding just before and around the tip of King's Canyon National Park, with great Westward-looking views. Highly recommended in the summer late afternoon/evening when the temps will be low because of the altitude and the sunset views are not to be missed.

Need to Know

Just before the entrance to King's Canyon National Park, you'll see signs for a YMCA Camp at Lake Sequoia. This is where you'll turn off the 180 and want to drop down to the left to the Millwood staging area/parking lot. Don't park at the turn-off or on YMCA property to the right. This is an OHV area, although I have never encountered any while riding during the week days. Weekends might be busy.

Description

After parking at the staging area, head NW over a bridge. Start heading up Abbot Creek Road (fire road). For the first 4 miles this is relatively easy, and the westward views are worth some stops. The next 2 miles are steep climbing to a 4 corners area. Stay on the fire road and go left on 4 Corners to visit the Chicago Stump (google it).

After that, head back to 4 corners and go straight to get on the Park Ridge Loop until you hit the 180 at Cherry Gap. Cross carefully, continuing on the Fireroad to the right. Stay left at the 'T' intersection in a couple of miles. Now you'll be descending some very loose steep sections, until the trail meets another 'T' where you'll want to almost 180 to your left and climb back up to Cherry Gap where you'll cross the 180 again and back to 4 Corners to bomb back to your car.

History & Background

At the parking lot, you'll see a sign behind a tree with the story of Millwood - a logging boom town in the 1800s. It's a pretty amazing story considering nothing remains of the town today. When you get to the Chicago Stump you can read about how it was cut down for the Chicago World's fair - and visitors to the fair thought it was a hoax. At the Cherry Gap crossing you can read a plaque on the story of the Converse Basin and the logging of Giant Sequoias.

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Jul 26, 2018
Fernando Gzz
Good morning ride 8.2mi
Dec 22, 2017
Eloy Lopez
Aug 9, 2017
Noah L.
Terrible trail! Fire roads were all graded, super steep, loose, no flow, technical but not in the fun way, all burnt with no shade, trees block trail. 9.8mi
Sep 21, 2014
Coco Bell
Jul 29, 2014
Dan Oakland
103* in Fresno at 1:30 & felt warmer but only 81 at Millwood and it felt cooler!
Jun 5, 2014
Dan Oakland
86 degrees in the valley at 9:30 while driving up, low 70s at the trailhead. Fun day out, but tough. 23.9mi

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Imagine finding a tree so large that it dwarfed the tallest building known at the time.  Before it became the Chicago Stump, the General Noble Tree was the largest tree ever cut.  It would have taken about 18 men with arms outstretched to complete a tree hug.
May 29, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA
The Park Ridge loop is tough, but the views are amazing.
Jun 21, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA
Take your time, save your legs for the last 2 miles of Abbot Creek before 4 Corners.
Jun 21, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA
Wrapping up the Park Ridge loop can be tough after everything before it.
Jun 30, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA
Sure, it looks inviting...
Jul 30, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA
Four Corners is a great spot to hear the 'roar' of the forest.
May 29, 2014 near Squaw V…, CA

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