Sand Canyon Trail

 2 votes
Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Ride
Trail

11.8 Miles 19.0 Kilometers


Doubletrack

617' 188 m

Ascent

-3,767' -1,148 m

Descent

10,202' 3,110 m

High

6,568' 2,002 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Unknown

Update

A gorgeous high alpine descent that will have you yelping in delight.

Alan Jacoby

Description

Snowbound until late spring.
Sand Canyon is a gem that often gets overlooked by the nearby Lower Rock Creek Trail. It's accessed from the stunning Rock Creek Lake. After a tough 500 climb over 1.3 miles, you reach the official USFS trailhead sign. This is some of the highest mountain bike riding in the Eastern Sierras. From here, its pretty much a bomber 4,000 descent with great views in every direction. Its mostly jeep road, and very sandy at times, with some creek crossings thrown in.

There are a couple tough climbs, but mostly its, down, down, down. It will definitely put a grin on your face. If youre in the mood to explore and climb more, you can take the Wheeler Crest Out and Back about 4 miles into the ride. You can also include the Swall Canyon Trail, Wagon Wheel Trail, and the above mentioned Lower Rock Creek Trail for an epic day in the saddle. The most popular way to do Sand Canyon is by shuttling it. However, hard-core riders can choose to do the Sand Canyon Loop, including the 4,000 pavement climb up to Rock Creek Lake.

Note: Much of this ride is very remote. Please be self-sufficient and carry plenty of water and nutrition as well as items to fix your bike in a jam. Weather frequently changes as well, so be ready for anything!! Advanced descending skills are required. There are some technical rock gardens, steep climbing/hike-a-bike and sandy sections.

Contacts

Rate Trail


   Clear

3.5 from 2 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Aug 14, 2016
stephen james
1st & last time riding steep ascents with granitic block stops super steep descents with cinders , gravel & sand 3-6 inches gravity advantage lost
Jul 9, 2016
Sheep Dawg
Wild flowers in full bloom. Absolutely beautiful ride but very soft and sandy. Sand Canyon is steep and sketchy. 3 crashes for the day fun ride. 11.8mi

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 2 votes

#8279

Overall
  3.5 from 2 votes
1 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
3 Star
50%
4 Star
50%
5 Star
0%
Rankings

#691

in California

#8,279

Overall
109 Views Last Month
1,306 Since May 12, 2015
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

Conditions



0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter