One of the more challenging loops in the area with great views of the Sacramento Valley. This is a long, hard ride and you'll be on your own; prepare accordingly. There is no water anywhere along this ride during most of the year.
Need to Know
This ride is severely overgrown and, as such, highly recommended to avoid. The route exists, but needs a good deal of work to clear the thorn bushes and vegetation that have grown in.
Blue Ridge Trail
from the "helipad" up to the ridge top is a hike-a-bike and is very treacherous in spots and not recommended. Once on the ridge, the trail is overgrown with lots of bushwhacking and thrashing of legs and arms, all the way to Lowery Point and up until about a mile or so before Fiske Peak. The trail is not open/cleared until about a mile or so before Fiske Peak.
Then Fiske Peak down to the creek is super steep up top with switchbacks that require expert/elite skills. Most people will walk them, and walk a lot of them. This also needs to be cleaned/cleared.
Also, Fiske Creek Trail
at the bottom is not rideable for much of the trail after the initial descent from the County Road 40. That was hike-a-bike and pushing bikes and bushwacking once in the creek bottom.
After heading out across low water bridge and up the road past one big switchback, this trails starts at a metal gate about two miles up the fireroad. The gate is back behind you to the left as you head up the road, keep an eye out.
Start on a fast run across grassy oak lands. Before too long, the brush closes in on both sides and the trail starts trending downhill. Watch out for one nasty gully wash which you'll have to hike across. Another downhill section takes you to the creek bottom.
On the far side of Fiske Creek the trail climbs out of the bottom and winds along the east slope. Then you'll encounter three more creek crossings, one of which washes out in spring runoff. You may have to look across and upstream to get back on track. Once you trade out for the west bank and roll through a corridor of thick brush, you'll soon pop out on Fiske Creek Road
, a barely passable jeep trail. From here you can challenge yourself to ride the entire climb all the way up to Helipad. The Helipad is a nickname for the small turn around at the end of the road. It's pretty much a hike-a-bike from the Helipad to the ridge, but it is fairly short. Once you top out on the ridge, spend some time embracing the view.
Follow a faint trail north, up to Lowery Point (3038'), then start descending, but stay on the ridge. The trail is pretty easy to follow but it has become overgrown and needs some work. After switchbacking down to a saddle there are a couple of steep but short climbs as you roll along the ridge. When the trail starts clearing up you'll be on or near Fiske Peak.
The trail from here on out is well used by hikers. It is all downhill from here! However, you'll need all of your skills to negotiate the switchbacks; most people will walk the corners. Once the lower elevations are reached, the obstacles diminish, and it's a quick zip back to the trailhead.
Shared By: Lance Buck