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Scott's Flat Lake Trail upper loop via Casci

Intermediate
 3.4 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Short loop with some big pay-offs!


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12.1

Miles

19.5

KM

65%

Singletrack

4,115' 1,254 m

High

3,085' 940 m

Low

1,201' 366 m

Up

1,205' 367 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Climbing up Casci road, there is Private Property so please be mindful of that.

Overview

This Featured Ride combines a sweet singletrack descent with a basic fire road climb. Plus, there are tons of options to extend this ride as much as you want. This is part of the whole "Pioneer" network of trails. It's also a recommended alternative to climbing back up Scotts Flat Lake Trail since riders come screaming down that trail, and it's best suited as a descent. Trust me, it finishes off with a fun stretch of Pioneer Trail!

Need to Know

While climbing up Casci (Ranch) Rd. there are plenty of turn-offs. Most are signed but some are not. just go with the flow, but I still recommend using the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app.

Description

This ride is an awesome combination of work and play. It starts with a workout grind, and ends with a "pin-it" downhill trail.

Start out at the Harmony Ridge Market and head down The Scott's Flat Lake Trail. After that dumps out on Casci Ranch Rd. below, go left and start the uphill grind. The road starts as paved cement for about 1.5 miles before going to gravel and then eventually to dirt. After climbing up the road for about 5 miles, you'll intersect with Highway 20. Cross over the highway and pick up Pioneer Trail heading west, or left.

There are lots of trail markers along the way and even posted on some trees. Sometimes it's just a forestry logo and other times it's a directional sign. It's not easy to get lost as the trail always parallels the highway. At this point it's all downhill, so grab a tall gear and blaze down Pioneer Trail to the Harmony Ridge Market.

History & Background

This is Gold Country!! Gold Rush history all over this place!

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul Rogers

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 12 votes

#2

in Scotts Flat

#2701

Overall
  3.4 from 12 votes
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#2

in Scotts Flat

#352

in California

#2,701

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Photos

Bermin' like a German
Apr 28, 2014 near Nevada…, CA
Look for this sign to mark the entrance to the fun downhill segment!
Mar 23, 2017 near Nevada…, CA
Hoot Trail Run Top to Bottom.
Nov 15, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Hoot Trail and Scott's Flat Trail.
Aug 11, 2017 near Nevada…, CA
Ride down Scotts Flat Lake Trail
Sep 1, 2016 near Nevada…, CA
Play area
Feb 2, 2015 near Nevada…, CA

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Mar 31, 2021
Robert Hendricks
Dec 31, 2020
David Robinson
Big up hill climb after singletrack downhill. Pioneer trail is a blast and was extremely muddy 11.6mi — 1h 56m
Oct 17, 2020
Jeremy Bubenicek
Aug 17, 2020
Andreas Jorgensen
Aug 18, 2019
Mike Gates
Apr 21, 2019
Ron F
IMO anything more than a fully rigid 1980's mountain bike is overkill.
Mar 19, 2019
Eric G
Jun 10, 2018
John Kroeger
Josiah’s first ride