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5.7 mile 9.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 747' 228 m
Descent: -748' -228 m
High: 3,306' 1,008 m
Low: 2,918' 890 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Tom Wilson

A mix of forest service road and singletrack leading to a beautiful ridge overlook.

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Right off of Ferreti road, this network of Forest Service roads and singletrack trails will wind you through groves of trees and up to the top of a ridge that overlooks Groveland, CA and Pine Mountain Lake. With a mix of forest service roads and flowy singletrack, this ride has a little bit of everything.

Need to Know

Watch out for poison oak. Trails are sometimes ridden by horseback riders. Watch out for blind turns and be courteous.

Getting There: Take CA Highway 120 to Yosemite. 10 miles past Groveand and right before the US Forest Service Ranger station, take a left on Feretti Road. Drive for 2 miles until you see a "Keep your forest clean" sign and the trailhead is on your left.


From the trailhead, you can choose to do one of two loops. Stay right if you want to ride on a winding forest service road that will eventually lead you to a 4 wheeler trail that will take you up to the top of the ridge. Ride along the ridge trail which will run into heart attack hill, a long steep incline that will eventually leads you back to the trailhead. This loop can also be done in reverse for some fun downhill on the ridge trail and to skip ascending heart attack hill.

The second loop (Ryan's Hoot) is to the left of the trailhead and is semi-hidden behind a pullout. The second loop has flowy singletrack trails that wind up and down through a heavily forested area. This is the most fun part of the ride and can be a bit technical in some areas. At the end of the singletrack, you'll run into a forest service road that you can take a left on to get back to the trailhead, or turn around and come back the way you came for an enjoyable singletrack back track.

History & Background

This area burned in the Groveland fire of 1987. It has since been turned into a plantation. The groveland trailheads mountain biking club is working with the forest service office to turn the surrounding land into a mountain bike only park.


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Aug 23, 2018
Miranda Estrada
May 10, 2018
John Et
nice little easy trail.
Jun 4, 2017
Ryan Bicker
Really fun! The lower section is a bit overgrown so wear leg protection and maybe a long sleeve shirt if it's not to hot.

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The view from the top of the ridge trail is great. For those interested in downhill and the best overall ride, I highly recommend to avoid starting to the right of the ridge trail. Start to the left to get up on the ridge quickly so you can bomb heart attack hill. Note, the bottom of heart attack hill will make a sharp curve and you may fall if going too fast at the bottom. The ridge and the downhill are mostly single track while the beginning and gradual ride out are service road. Ryan's hoot is hard to find and is in poor condition. It's not downhill and less fun for thrills compared to the ridge. To get the best ride, I suggest riding the ridge in reverse. Prior to bombing heart attack hill, turn around and ride the ridge backwards to take advantage of some fun single track downhill with opportunities to catch some air. After riding the ridge both directions, double back once more and head down heart attack hill. Note, once you descend, you will need to gradually climb back out on a fire service road. The one-time double-back will allow you to take advantage of all downhill this ride has to offer on single track, and it's nearly impossible to ascend heart attack hill while riding anyway. Apr 23, 2018

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