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8.4 mile 13.5 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,076' 328 m
Descent: -1,077' -328 m
High: 1,023' 312 m
Low: 671' 205 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)


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Trail shared by Shayne Holderby

A nice loop ride with great switchback downhills and views of the American River.

Shayne Holderby

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This trail Starts at Magnolia Ranch (Gerle Loop) and the turn around is the East Ridge Trail. ERT should be done clockwise unless you like to hike-a-bike!

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The River Access Trail that branches off about a 1/4 mile into the start of this ride parallels the American River.


Start in parking area and take South Fork ART (American River Trail) east. After a brief section of doubletrack, you'll hit some covered flat, fast and twisty singletrack. Eventually, you'll come to a fork - one leads back to the parking area (making a 2.5 mile loop) the other heads south and leads to a short, fast downhill section. Continue through a creek crossing, after which you'll begin a switchback climb with nice cover.

On the ridge of this climb, you'll have a cool breeze and great views of the American River. The descent from the climb is fast and fun and ends at the Up Down Trail. Turn left and take the trail down, then up until you see the East Ridge trail connection. Head up the doubletrack until you get to another T intersection and the top of the Up Down Trail. Head down (right) this trail until it joins back up with the South Fork ART Connector. Return along the same trail, but now you get to enjoy the fast downhill switchbacks leading back to the creek.

This ride has a combination of flat, winding singletrack, some medium level climbs and both switchback and straight downhills. Makes for a very scenic and fun ride.


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Jul 7, 2018
Bryan Green
May 7, 2018
Laura Balla
Got narrow but good trail 8mi
Dec 30, 2017
Chris Hansen
Oct 29, 2017
Joe Chavez
Still pretty dry. Good challenging up hill but way worth it!
Aug 24, 2016
Jason Teague
Wasn't too thrilled with the ride. Lots of climbing and the downhill was well below worth the uphill. Won't do that again.
Apr 29, 2016
Brad Reynolds
Magnolia trail head, Gerle loop counter clockwise with Cronin connector trail to saddle overlook — 1h 12m
Aug 1, 2015
Christopher Fayard
Fun ride with moderate climbing and some fun single track. — 1h 30m
Apr 20, 2015
nick D'Amico

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