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Skunk Hollow to Magnolia Ranch

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23.4 Miles 37.7 Kilometers



2,869' 874 m


-2,868' -874 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

1,028' 313 m


479' 146 m


Shared By Shayne Holderby


Minor Issues 2 days ago
Muddy: Muddy, frequent running water on the trails. Could use a few more days to drain/dry out. The drier spots are perfectly tacky History

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A "climbing heavy" XC route.

Shayne Holderby

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There are rides with more vertical climbing, but this route will still feel like a much harder ride. The ascents are steep and continue for as long as 2.5 miles. Very little of this trail is flat and it's a great ride to get the lungs and legs burning.

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$10 fee to use parking area for this ride.


You start at the Skunk Hollow Parking area, and almost immediately the climbing begins. Rocky switchback trails climbs for more than 2 miles until you reach the summit. A very short downhill leads to more steep climbing. After more climbing you'll reach a swift downhill with switchbacks. Again, after this short downhill, you'll begin climbing again.

From here, the trail continues in this manner for 9 miles before reaching a wide open valley and some flat fireroad riding at Cronan Ranch Road (dirt). At the Cronan Ranch Trailhead Sign you head right for more shallow climbing up the fireroad to a quick downhill. Watch for the trail sign on the left as you head down the Up Down Trail leading to the South Fork ART Connector to Magnolia Ranch and begin the climb to the top of this hill.

Great views of the American River abound to your right until you summit and begin the fast switchback downhill to the creek. Crossing the creek twice you'll come to a split and Gerle Loop Trail. Head left up the fireroad until you reach Magnolia Ranch Parking area. The Gerle Loop Trail continues to the right past the parking area around the hill and rejoins the trail you descended on from the summit of the connector trail.

Follow the South Fork ART Connector reverse back to the Up Down Trail take a left continue down the trail until you reach the steep climb out. Eventually this trail will connect with the South Fork ART (American River Trail) ignore the first right off this trail as that leads to the East Ridge Trail. Stay on the South Fork ART (American River Trail) all the way back to your start point and the Skunk Hollow parking area.


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Feb 18, 2019
Nick Wright
Lots of mud due to recent rains. High creek crossings and frequent running water on the trail. Maybe wait a few days to let the ruts dry out. 20mi — 2h 45m
Jan 26, 2019
Blake Tee
Mar 11, 2018
Mostly intermediate terrain, upgraded difficulty just for length. Worst climb is right in the first 2 miles. 3315 ft elevation gain 23.5mi — 3h 20m
Mar 5, 2018
Nick Wright
Recent rains made this nice and tacky. Not for beginners or out-of-shape riders. Pack lots of food and water. Be prepared to climb a lot. 14mi — 2h 30m
Nov 5, 2017
Douglas Houston
Sep 28, 2017
Edward Jennings
First time and very tough. 90 deg 19.6mi
Jun 10, 2017
Erik Silva
solo, whole trail 23.4mi
Oct 9, 2016
Jacob Ward
Loads of uphill climbs, some brief sections are quite steep. The ride lacks shade for large portions. Massive, rocky downhill at the end makes it A+. 23.5mi — 2h 30m

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Shayne Holderby
Elk Grove, CA
Shayne Holderby   Elk Grove, CA
Can confirm ride is not closed at the Salmon Falls start of the ride. Having said that, use common sense, if you come across bad trail conditions. Much of this ride start is rocky and fire road covers a lot of the mid part of ride not likely to close except in extremely poor weather. Mar 1, 2017
Nick Wright
Sacramento, CA
Nick Wright   Sacramento, CA
This is a climber's ride. Lots of grueling, steep, rocky ascents, followed by roller-coaster fast descents. Not for beginners or those who are out of shape. The first 2 miles are particularly challenging. Once you get through the first 2.5 miles of trail, the terrain is less dramatic, it gets smoother and levels out. The back half through the ranch land is great - the trail opens up, and the grades are less intense. Pack lots of food and water if you intend to do the full 25 miles. That all said, if you're a strong, experienced rider, this is a great ride. The scenery, variety of trails, descents and relative lack of people are a worthy payoff. Mar 6, 2018

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