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Glory Hole Loop Ride

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10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers




675' 206 m


-677' -206 m



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1,428' 435 m


1,090' 332 m



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A very scenic and fast ride along New Melones Lake

Shayne Holderby


There is a $10 parking fee required to ride here as it is on National Park Service land.
This ride combines four trails: the Frontier Trail, the Angel's Crest Trail, the Tower Climb Trail and the Carson Creek Trail. It's a very scenic track, combining fast downhills with rolling singletrack and a short steep fireroad climb. It is arguably the best singletrack in the area. The Glory Hole Loop Ride is rated as intermediate level with no real technical sections. I rated it higher because of the extremely steep fire road climb and the following steep switchback downhill.

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The trails are extremely easy to follow in most sections. However, the turn-off connecting the Angel's Crest Trail and the Frontier Trail is narrow and overgrown making it easy to miss.

Expect it to be extremely hot in the summer - ride early or don't ride here.


Start from the parking area at the lowest point of the trail system. Head across the road to the easily visible fireroad, turn down the road and you'll see sign marking the start of the Frontier Trail. Continue down trail along rolling singletrack with scattered oaks partially shading trail.

Pass around the north side of the second parking area and pick up a quick downhill at the start of the Angel's Crest Trail. Loop around a large hill with more rolling singletrack bringing you back to the road. Watch for a small narrow bit of trail leading you to the road across and run back up Frontier Trail to the fire road connector from Frontier Trail to Tower Climb Trail.

At this point, you'll face a hard, half-mile climb to hill summit and the highest point of trail. Once you reach the top, it's time for some fun downhill on the Tower Climb Trail. This trail has many switchbacks at the top so watch your speed. Tower Climb Trail runs in and out of oak covered sections with views of the lake on your right. After just over a mile of fun downhill trail, you'll connect up with Carson Creek Trail.

This last trail rides most of its length along the lake and is relatively flat for a nice cool down before finishing back at the parking area. All in all, this is a really a fun ride.


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Mar 9, 2018
kenneth chrisman
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Mitch Craighead
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Clark Satcher
Nov 23, 2017
Luis Lettuce
Oct 15, 2017
Glenn Ito
Sep 23, 2017
Jane H
Nice lap course on the first loop. Loop itself is 3 miles. Added 9 today for good run.
Sep 9, 2017
Mike Kalua
Jul 8, 2017
Luis Naranjo
Only did half of the trail due to time restrictions. Awesome trail. Will definitely be coming backing to finish. On my bike for 80% of the ride. 5mi

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Rode this loop with my son and son-in-law yesterday, November 12th 2017. We parked at the lower parking lot, but decided to make the Fire Road Connector trail to the top of the Tower Climb Trail first, while our legs were fresh. Heading down the Tower trail is definitely the way to go and was a great ride. We did pass a group of 3 or 4 riders coming up, but it was easy to pass by each other. The Frontier Trail and Angels Creek trails were also a good time. Nov 13, 2017

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