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Icehouse Mountain Bike Trail

Intermediate

Trail

5.7 mile 9.1 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 444' 135 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 5,549' 1,691 m
Low: 5,346' 1,629 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Shayne Holderby

A short out-and-back with nice natural singletrack.

Shayne Holderby

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Overview

This is the first location I have seen created by the Forest Service that is specifically marked a mountain bike trail. It parallels an access road to the reservoir. The track is winding with gradual uphill most of the way out. The trail can be hard to follow if you're used to groomed singletrack. Pay attention, though, and you should be able to stay on track.

Need to Know

Parking is directly across the road from the trail. You can't miss the trail sign - it's on a 3'x4' Billboard facing the road.

Description

The trail starts off with an uphill from the road. It's winding singletrack covered in loose pine needles, sticks and pine cones. The route is continuously winding, with swooping singletrack that climbs slightly more than it drops on the way out. The trail alternates between rock gardens, loamy soil surface or heavily covered in pine needles. There were a few downed trees on the trail when I rode it, but they were easy to get around. The trail eventually crosses a couple of fire roads, but signs clearly mark the trails reentry on the other side. At about mile two, you'll pass next to Strawberry Campground Trail.

At about mile 2.5, you'll come across a scenic turn-off. This viewpoint offers a great view of Icehouse. At just over mile three, you'll come to the end of the trail, which hosts a great view and an amazing spot to stop and enjoy lunch.

The whole trail can be done in less than an hour, but be prepared for the altitude, the loamy soil and other obstacles that threaten to slow your progress. This route is certainly more difficult than the average 6.5 mile groomed singletrack (hence the beginner/intermediate rating). That being said, the technical aspects of this ride are manageable by all skill levels.

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May 9, 2020
Tyler Hardeman
Very fun singletrack! Work for the view at the end! Trees down in the trail, moved as many as we could. 5.7mi — 1h 30m
Aug 18, 2019
Ken Beutler
Fun time with Gean on this trail. Lunch at the lake. Beautiful day. A little winded going up to the lake, fun ride down. Took a paved road off to t… 5.8mi — 2h 01m
Jul 20, 2019
Leonid Bachinsky
Aug 25, 2018
Taylor Harrison
Soil was very dry, loose, loamy and slower than expected. Made for some difficult climbs. I'd recommend this trail more so in the wet than summer. 5mi — 0h 50m
Sep 10, 2017
Brad Reynolds
1 day back on the bike in 1 year. nice little up and down trail. Will definitely hit it again before the snows settle in 4.6mi
Aug 19, 2017
Chen Yu
Nov 4, 2016
John McIntire
Sep 17, 2016
John McIntire

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 9 votes

#2261

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  3.7 from 9 votes
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#302

in California

#2,261

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Icehouse Viewpoint
Mar 30, 2015 near Pollock…, CA
Icehouse Turn
Mar 30, 2015 near Pollock…, CA

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