Arnold Rim Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,851' 869 m
Descent: -2,851' -869 m
High: 4,379' 1,335 m
Low: 3,504' 1,068 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“Pure singletrack fun that will punch you in the face but leave you smiling.”— Dan Oakland
I also suggest getting a copy of the trail map at the Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines & BRING IT on the ride. The map is marked with several post #s that you'll see along the trail and has a contour profile to help identify not only where you are, but what is coming up.
From the logging museum (worth a look) for about .8 miles you'll be on a paved Americans with Disabilities Act Path. Be wary of hikers. Once on the dirt, you'll be on lush, sweeping, rolling singletrack. Soak it in while you can, but do *NOT* get lulled in because at about 3.5 miles in you're going to meet 'The Beast' and the trail heads up roughly 500ft in about 1/4 mile of loose dirt. A fantastic westward view awaits you at the top.
From here you'll head to the actual top of Manuel Peak and Cougar Rock, great views looking east or west. Dropping down from Cougar rock you'll get back to the similar lush rolling trail that you saw early on.
Post #32 marks the end of Singletrack at about 8.4 miles. This is the turn around point to keep on singletrack. It's another 2.4 to Avery Sheep Ranch Rd (2nd most common jumping-off point) but all Fire Road from here.