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Sorenson Loop

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8.4 Miles 13.5 Kilometers



1,329' 405 m


-1,330' -405 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

8,155' 2,486 m


6,933' 2,113 m


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A fun loop and good training ride in picturesque Hope Valley.

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Burnside Lake Road closed to motor vehicle traffic during winter months.


A nice loop ride starting on Burnside Lake Road (Junction CA 88 & 89) or from Sorenson's Resort. Most of this ride is on doubletrack some of which is open to vehicles (traffic generally not an issue). Hope Valley is a hidden gem and a great escape from the crowds at Lake Tahoe just 20 miles north. Lots of shade and trees with a decent amount of climbing over the 8+ mile loop. For a longer ride go out and back to Burnside Lake before taking the turnoff to Sorenson's. This area can get a lot of snow in the winter and is a popular x-country skiing location but may be rideable in a low snow year. There is plenty of free camping nearby or just splurge and stay at Sorenson's Resort.

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Hope Valley Cafe just a few miles down canyon from Sorenson's has some amazing pie and some decent beers on tap. Great place to hang with friends after a ride.


Start this ride at Pickett's Junction (Where CA 88 & 89 meet in Hope Valley). It's a long steady climb up the unpaved forest road 31019 (open to vehicles seasonally) toward Burnside Lake through a beautiful alpine forest. The loop back to Sorenson's takes a left on road 31053 about 3 miles in (before reaching Burnside). The trail will become less traveled and continue to climb as it contours around Pickett's Peak with glimpses of Hope Valley to the north and west.

Eventually the loop back to Sorensons (and the downhill) will bear left on 31053B. The trail gets progressively steeper and looser narrowing down to singletrack as it approaches the valley floor. Since it's a loop, you'll get to enjoy the rewards of the over 1,300' of climbing on the way back down.

The trek will dump you out on CA 88 just west of Sorenson's. It's about a half mile ride on the wide shoulder up the road to get back to the parking area at Pickett's Junction.

The ride can also be done clockwise but expect a steep loose climb out of the canyon from Sorenson's resort.


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Jul 4, 2018
Derek Bredl
Jul 2, 2018
Bill Rogers
Only a few muddy sections on the downhill back to Sorenson's, easy to ride through them with a little momentum.
Jun 21, 2018
Bailey Weiss
Wet in some areas on the down hill but passable.
May 27, 2018
Josh Pirkl
May 13, 2018
Aug 24, 2017
tim cordero
Recent rains had the trail pretty nice and tacky. Lower section has a lot of trees down and washouts - use caution. 8.3mi
Aug 5, 2017
eric shazing
I rode the route in reverse, as I could not determine how to get to the Sorenson's trail from burnside road. Many trees down in the trail. — 2h 30m
Jun 25, 2017
Brian Dempsey
Didn't do the Loop, but I road out and back up to Burnside Lake. Crashed on the way down due to lots of ruts. 11.4mi

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  3.9 from 7 votes
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On the downhill part of the loop, after you pass the volcanic-looking bolder field on your right, look for a side trail to the side trail on the left going out to cliffs which overlook Hope Valley. Killer view! Jul 2, 2018

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