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Smith Peak

Intermediate
 3.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

View Groveland from Smith Peak lookout on Forest Service Roads and singletrack.


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Map Key

11.3

Miles

18.2

KM

15%

Singletrack

3,874' 1,181 m

High

2,866' 874 m

Low

1,573' 479 m

Up

1,568' 478 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Overview

Ride on singletrack around the Forest Service office interpretive trails. Then get access to the forest service roads to ride up to the top of Smith Peak for an excellent view of the surrounding Groveland, CA area. Park right at the forest service or leave from the Penny Pines campground. Fun flowy singletrack and great views!

Need to Know

Watch out for poison oak.

Description

Start at the Forest Service Office or at the campground. Stop inside the Forest Service Office and talk to the front desk for more information. Right before the campground, turn right onto singletrack trails that are clearly marked. Circle a loop and then go over a wooded board walk to gain access to a Forest Service road that you'll climb up to get to the top of Smith Peak. There's a lookout tower at the top of the peak that's off limits to non-government personnel, but you can still get great views of the surrounding area. From there, you can choose many different Forest Service roads to continue your ride, or go back the way you came for a quick ride.

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Shared By:

Tom Wilson

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

View from the top of Smith Peak Lookout.
May 18, 2013 near Tuolumn…, CA
At the top of Smith Peak at the look out station.  View of the forest service road.
May 18, 2013 near Tuolumn…, CA
Eric cruising along the scenic interpretive trail right by the Stanislaus National Forest Ranger Station.
Jun 15, 2013 near Tuolumn…, CA

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May 10, 2021
Aaron Johnson
There is bridge the is out a couple miles near Buck Meadows. I just picked up my bike and walked across it. There may be a way to go around it. 12mi — 2h 30m
Aug 31, 2018
Mike Kalua
Fun fun fun! Might be best to avoid the final trail that takes you to the Pines Campground and either take the 120 bypass or 120 back up.