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9.5 mile 15.3 kilometer out and back
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 708' 216 m
Descent: -707' -216 m
High: 1,201' 366 m
Low: 915' 279 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Shayne Holderby

A wide beginners "singletrack" along Lake Oroville.

Shayne Holderby

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Many Horse/Hiker only trails in the area - watch the signs.


Wide singletrack skirting the edge of Lake Oroville, nice ride with moderate climb at beginning to mostly flat singletrack. Several rolling sections for light climbing with moderate downhills.

Need to Know

The Dan Beebe Trail joins this trail multiple times - it is a horse/hiker only trail, so make sure to stay on the Bidwell Canyon trail at each split.

The turnaround for this trail is in a parking area that is typically used by equestrians to access the area reserved for horses EAST of the parking area. Be aware lots of horses in the area and if you do plan to go further EAST there is only about 1.5 miles of fire road left all other areas are Horse only.


The trail starts with a moderate single switchback climb on relatively shaded trail. It's impossible to get lost although several trails join with the main trail (all are clearly marked). There are several shallow rolling sections through a mix of pine and deciduous trees. Also, expect several bridge crossings over shallow creeks.

The track winds gradually making it easy to see any upcoming traffic and the trail is wide enough for three bike abreast to pass easily. The track crosses a road twice but it's easy to see where it picks up again. This is a really pretty trail to ride in spring, will likely be very hot trail in summer during mid-day. Would recommend morning ride.

Probably one of the best beginner trails you'll find anywhere and highly recommend to anyone just starting. Starting climb will be a little rough on a new rider but it's short and remainder of ride is fairly flat.

History & Background

The trail and many surrounding trails are maintained by the local bicycling organization - LOBO - Lake Oroville Bicyclists Organization. Group has a strong relationship with local equestrians and the two seem to work together to drive trail access throughout the area.


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Mar 30, 2019
Dan Edwards
Feb 16, 2019
Damian L
Jan 26, 2019
Damian L
Jul 13, 2018
Scott Trotter
Feb 18, 2016
Scott Hightower

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