ElevationAscent: 1,647' 502 m
Descent: -1,646' -502 m
High: 3,829' 1,167 m
Low: 2,674' 815 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
“A mountain bike-specific trail system, part of an 8,000 acre recreation area.”— Rocky Brashear
There are ample shuttle opportunities as well, with the most popular being Tomfoolery (10+ minute descent) and Chutes (The defacto DH course at 3 minutes or so, but very steep and technical).
Driving Directions: Drive east on Highway 299 for 17.8 miles from Highway 101. Turn left at the Redwood Valley turn off (Bair Road) and travel 3.9 miles. Make a right turn at the sign that reads "Hoopa - 22 miles", and travel 5.9 miles up this windy gravel road. The entrance is a left turn. For a map, check out the BLM website. For current road conditions please do not hesitate to call the Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.
Currently, the start point for the trail system is off of Pine Ridge Road. Take it from the Lacks Creek road junction where the kiosk is located. We recommend driving up Pine Ridge road until you reach the main parking area next to the large Black Oak Prairie. This main parking lot is an excellent central location for riding the system, with views to the ocean for post ride hanging out and convenient jump trail sessioning.
Tomfoolery or Chutes are popular shuttle runs.
The "standard" ride goes something like this:
From the main parking area, ride Pine Ridge Trail north, then climb the fire road to the beginning of Stormy Saddle Trail. Climb Stormy Saddle the the top, then descend, crossing the road once about 2/3 of the way down. From the bottom of Stormy Saddle take Pine Ridge Trail back to the parking lot, where you'll descend on Tomfoolery to Midslope Road. Turn left on Midslope and climb about half an hour, passing the bottom of Chutes along the way, to Lacks Mountain Trail (look for the campground to your right at the top of the climb) which you'll want to do counterclockwise, followed by Punchbowl and maybe a quick trip back down Chutes (experts only). Take the road back to either the Jump Trail, the upper section of Tomfoolery or Runaround, all of which end back at the parking area. This ride is about 16 miles in length with over 3,000 feet of climbing.
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ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed