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Skunk Hollow to Magnolia Ranch

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 4.1 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A "climbing heavy" XC route.


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23.4

Miles

37.7

KM

75%

Singletrack

1,028' 313 m

High

479' 146 m

Low

2,869' 874 m

Up

2,868' 874 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

$10 fee to use parking area for this ride.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Shayne Holderby

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 10 votes

#1638

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#208

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Photos

Springtime on South Fork ART.
Jan 25, 2017 near Auburn…, CA
Descending South Fork ART.
Mar 23, 2016 near Granite…, CA
Springtime poppies blanket the side of the trail.
Jan 25, 2017 near Auburn…, CA
Shunk Hollow
Oct 21, 2013 near Auburn…, CA
An amazing day of riding on some prime singletrack.
Apr 23, 2017 near Cameron…, CA
Sticking a deep crossing while loaded!
Mar 23, 2016 near Cameron…, CA

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Dec 14, 2019
Blake Tee
Super tacky, trail gets very dusty during summer. Few downed small trees (easy to walk or ride around) be easy on the tire psi. 23.4mi
Oct 19, 2019
Héctor Rodríguez
Aug 18, 2019
Ron F
23mi
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
23.4mi
Mar 11, 2018
csproul
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