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Arnold Rim Trail

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Pure singletrack fun that will punch you in the face but leave you smiling.

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4,379' 1,335 m


3,504' 1,068 m


2,851' 869 m


2,851' 869 m



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Max Grade (23°)

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Lots of private paths deviating from the main trail, stick to the signed trail.


The Arnold Rim Trail has its own website at where you can get an intimate "local" perspective on the trail and read about how IMBA got involved with the town of Arnold to create this trail, and their plans to expand it to a complete loop. Although close to town, there is a real sense of adventure to this trail.

Need to Know

While I highly recommend this ride, the climbs from either direction to Manuel Peak are face-punchers. Out from the Museum @ about 3.5 miles you'll hit 'The Beast': +500ft in 1/4 mile and HAB for most. Not as bad in the other direction.

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.


Arnold is about 1.5 hours S & E from Sacramento or 1 hr straight east from Stockton in the foothills of the Sierras off Hwy 4. The trail can be ridden as an out & back, or as a shuttle with multiple jumping-off points. I rode this as an out & back from the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum for 8 miles, then re-tracing back.

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.

History & Background

The logging museum is an interesting look at the areas history and the machines lumberjack's use. As noted, the trail's web site talks about its history but also the future goals to turn this in to a complete 35 mile loop. Support the town at the Snowshoe Brewery, you'll thank me.


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Dan Oakland

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Dec 29, 2020 near Arnold, CA
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Dec 29, 2020 near Arnold, CA
Marker #10. Bottom of a gradual descent from the logging museum, before going up to the lookout.
Jun 13, 2016 near Arnold, CA
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Jul 2, 2014 near Arnold, CA
Arnold Rim Trail System: P8 Descent.
Jul 28, 2022 near Arnold, CA
White Pines Lake.
Nov 4, 2016 near Arnold, CA


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May 1, 2021
Nick Wright
Rode Logging Museum to CA-4 via San Domingo section. Prepare to hike-a-bike. Lots of downed trees and brutal climbs. Won't do this ride again soon. 19mi — 3h 00m
Apr 3, 2021
Peter V
Trail is unrideable. Too many down trees especially if you start from the logging musuem.
Dec 8, 2020
Taylor Flaherty
Started at log museum and had my wife pick me up at intersection of avery sheep ranch road and valley view drive. Trail covered in leaves- SLIPPERY 11.5mi — 2h 09m
Nov 25, 2020
Chris Wilmer
Beautiful trail with many climbs. The beast is a HAB but views are fantastic. 10mi — 3h 30m
Jun 15, 2020
Kevin Hu
Sep 8, 2019
Amanda Millhouse
Jul 20, 2019
Michael Faris
Post 1 to post 40 with a 5 mile climb back up hey 4. Slated it with a hard tail 17.3mi — 3h 30m
Jul 12, 2019
Neil Franco