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20.2 mile 32.4 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 2,441' 744 m
Descent: -2,441' -744 m
High: 5,535' 1,687 m
Low: 4,281' 1,305 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Sierra Cup Series - May 28, 2016. Ridin' High at the Ranch Race Course!

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Click on the link for SABA Dirt Riders for race information and check out for trail info. Susanville Ranch Park includes a diverse menu of singletrack. There are older sections flowing along creeks with really fun and challenging trails higher up. The trails are loaded with berms and features. This trail system will be a pleasant surprise to anyone who loves singletrack without the crowds. It also happens to be a 5 minute ride from Main Street.

Need to Know

  • This is the Sport Course as mapped. Novice (Cat 3) riders will complete a shorter loop of the lower course and Experts (Cat 1) will complete the Sport Course plus an additional loop of the Novice Loop.
  • Be sure to check out the great food and amazing beer on Main Street!


This particular ride begins and ends in the same area. The ride starts on fairly flat terrain, but quickly climbs, meandering and undulating with the landscape. Riders will experience meadows and riparian zones in the lower elevations. The first real climb takes riders up into the sage steppe overlooking the Honey Lake Valley, Diamond Mountains (Sierras), and Cascade foothills. The ride down from this area twists and turns with a rhythmic flow out into a forest of Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pines on the edge of a large meadow.

Then, riders get to experience a serious climb up a popular trail called Heart Attack Hill. The terrain above Heart Attack Hill is characterized by Ponderosa Pines, basalt lava flows, and unbelievable singletrack. Berms... and more berms. The downhill lines on this ride feel like a day of skiing in a blizzard on really fat skis. Have fun!

History & Background

The meadows and hills that comprise Susanville Ranch Park provided a rich diversity of resources for native peoples for thousands of years before European settlers arrived in the region. The convergence of forest, meadow, and high desert environments made for good hunting opportunities and good sources of water. A ride in this park provides insight into past cultures, making it apparent why the first people chose such a beautiful place to live.

The property was used as a dairy farm, a ranch, and then was owned by a utility company. The utility company donated the property to Lassen County and its residents for use as a park in the early 1980's. Since then, over 28 miles of amazing singletrack has been constructed.


Local Club: SABA Dirt Riders

Land Manager: Lassen County

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Nov 21, 2016
Mike Schmeiske
Dirt was great, beautiful fall weather day. Trail might need a little TLC in a couple spots on the west side. 15mi
May 13, 2016
Sam Vanderhyden
Test 3mi — 3h 33m

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One of my favorite hard races, the climbs are steep and great for interval training. And the downhills... All I have to say is wow, everything just flows it's amazing. Feb 10, 2015
joel rathje
susanville, ca
joel rathje   susanville, ca
USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships Qualifier May 30, 2015. Ridin' High at the Ranch-Susanville Ranch Park… Mar 13, 2015
Niner Mark
Susanville, CA
Niner Mark   Susanville, CA
Link to Ridin High @ the Ranch race registration. May 8, 2015

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