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Old Miners' Loop from Town

Intermediate
 3.2 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great after work loop with a juicy trail segment.


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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

60%

Singletrack

3,699' 1,128 m

High

2,574' 785 m

Low

1,266' 386 m

Up

1,272' 388 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Along the NID flume trail there is private property on both sides and plenty of signs depicting that so be respectful as they hold the key to our passage, and we must honor the gatekeepers...

Overview

A really basic 10 mile grind that has enough elevation to get a workout and a nice chunky fast downhill singletrack to get the ticker thumping.

Tons of options from the turn around point here. I like to combine this with more Pioneer trail, Scott's short loop, or Harmony/Dascombe trails.

Need to Know

Be careful crossing highway 20!

Description

From the Uren street parking area head up Nevada street. Where it lets out onto highway 20, cross over and head up the frontage road along hwy. 20 called Manzanita Diggins Dr. As you cross, look down the shoulder of the highway for a trail running alongside, and hit that on the way back. Quickly look for a small street called Coyote Ct. that goes up on the left. This climbs you up to the water district property where you pass around a gate and keep going east from the water tanks and pick up a dirt road.

After a short dirt climb, you are at the flume where the trail starts. Follow along the Flume until it hits hwy. 20, cross over the hwy. carefully and pick up the flume again. At about the 3.4 mile mark the flume trail ends on Willow Valley Rd. go left here and make the short grind up to Pioneer on the pavement. At the halfway point (5.0miles) you are at lower Pioneer Trail and have tons of options from here.

The other option is to head down Pioneer from here, cross over to Old Miners' and back on the Flume to Coyote Ct. There is a small overgrown side trail that descends from the backside of the water tanks at the end of the flume trail. It's a bit confusing but its a good dirt alternate to going down the road. Pick up that fun singletrack along the highway I mentioned earlier. a great way to get back to where you parked.

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Paul Rogers

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  3.2 from 10 votes

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This easy lil trail is 1000x better than riding Highway 20.
Apr 12, 2021 near Nevada…, CA
Chunky steep role off style drop right at the end.... Hang On!!!
Apr 9, 2014 near Nevada…, CA
That's my Git'R'Done face
Apr 9, 2014 near Nevada…, CA

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Mar 28, 2021
Jim C
There was a small part that ended up on Highway 20, or else I got a tiny bit lost. That was scary, especially because I fell over on the shoulder. 10.4mi
May 4, 2020
Nick Giorgi
Jan 13, 2018
george hayduke
Nov 13, 2016
Noah Palmer
Jun 14, 2016
John Et
Nice area but there are plenty of signs "No trespassing". Only got 1 mile into the ride before I turned around. Not worth the trouble. There are be...
Jul 6, 2015
Jim Jensen
After the water district about 3/4 of a mile down, the trail is gated closed with two new gates as of 7.6.15 and impossible to go over, under, around. 18mi — 2h 30m