ElevationAscent: 582' 178 m
Descent: -747' -228 m
High: 3,731' 1,137 m
Low: 3,239' 987 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A fun, steep and rocky trail leading to fun and flowy creekside trail with beautiful views!”— Eduardo Guerrero
A couple of steep pitches around the drainages will eventually lead you to doubletrack that climbs up to the intersection.
This trail can be accessed from three different trailheads, however, my favorite way to ride it is from south to north. This means starting from either Spanish Traverse or from the South Park Trailhead at Mount Hough Ranger Station.
From the trail intersection, follow the Cascade Trail down along a fast rolling section with few obstacles. Once you make into the river valley, the trail changes to steep, rocky, and loose. This section is technical and very fun. It has a few tight switchbacks and the loose shale makes it a fun challenge!
Once you make it onto the valley floor, it is fast and has a good flow as you follow Spanish Creek. There are a few technical spots, but it is a blast of a trail!
The hardest technical spot is at the Cascades, which is a series of little waterfalls that occur where Spanish Creek cuts through an outcrop of slate. There is a great swimming hole at the bottom of the Cascades, and I highly recommend stopping for a swim!
The trail continues to follow Spanish Creek and there are a few rocky sections, but everything is roll-able. The trail ends at the Forest Service Spanish Creek day-use area, AKA Cascade Trailhead.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Sep 11, 2019: NorCal Trail Stewardship Camp: 2019 Recap
Land Manager: USFS - Plumas National Forest Office