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Mixed sections of up and downhill riding to keep things interesting. Very rocky terrain that makes the ride very technical but fun. Used heavily by horses but bikers welcome.
Need to Know
Multi-use trail. Watch out and be respectful of horseback riders and hikers. It's very hot in the summer when it's sunny out. Drink lots of water and ride during the morning or afternoon.
Watch out for loose rocks everywhere. Some trails are less maintained than others.
Start at the trailhead parking lot at red hills. Start climbing up a low grade hill that has many loose rocks. There is a vast network of looping trails. Some of them are maintained better than others. After a few miles you'll run into an intersection that will give you four different options. Choose your own path and all trails will eventually loop you back and bring you back to the trailhead.
History & Background
The Red Hills is a region of 7,100 acres of public land located just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County. The Red Hills are noticeably different from the surrounding countryside. The natural serpentine in the area causes the plant assemblage to be limited to those species that are tolerant of such minerals. Included among the buckbrush and gray pine is a rich diversity of annual wildflowers that put on a showy display every spring. The endangered bald eagle is a winter resident of the area.
BLM Red Hills Page