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blue Owens Gorge Loop

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10.9 mile 17.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 892' 272 m
Descent: -894' -272 m
High: 7,197' 2,194 m
Low: 6,654' 2,028 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)


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Trail shared by Eric Hunter

A mix of doubletrack dirt road and an amazing singletrack up the Owens Gorge.

Eric Hunter

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This ride's highlight is the Owens Gorge Trail which is a mini Grand Canyon of the Owens Valley. You may see bald eagles, golden eagles, osprey or falcons if you are lucky.

Need to Know

Snow in the winter could restrict this trail from being ridden.


Park at Toms Place back parking area which is also a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner or a drink from the bar or store. Head north of Toms Place on a dirt road and follow it under a Tunnel (under HWY 395). Cross the street and follow the dirt trail through a meadow.

Ride through the neighborhood of Sunny Slopes and make a left on Juniper Dr until it turns to dirt. Continue on the easement until you see the fire service road. You'll come to a tee - you'll come back on the right trail but make a left on the way out.

This trail is shared with motos, trail runners, and dog walkers so keep your wits although I haven't seen anybody else when riding this trail. It is easy to get lost out here so use the MTB Project mobile app to navigate your way around the loop.

The Owens Gorge Trail is the highlight of the Owens Gorge Loop as you climb or descend this singletrack along the Owens Gorge and be sure to take note of the historic canyon walls. This is a mini Grand Canyon of the Owens Valley.


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Nov 16, 2018
Very good. 3” tires really helped 10.9mi
Apr 24, 2018
Amanda J
Pretty Sandy at parts - fun on the downhill, a little challenging on the uphill. The singletrack is a little over-grown. Quite a bit of navigation… 10.9mi
May 13, 2017
Chad Lawver
The Good: Beautiful views and no crowds The Bad: A lot of sand and a lot of navigation
Sep 17, 2016
Enrique Oceguera
10h 00m
Jul 22, 2016
Fred Gibson
Oct 31, 2015
Martin Dix
Very sandy like sugar. I didn't have a fat bike so it was a workout.

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Steve Westberg
Bend, OR
Steve Westberg   Bend, OR
Glad I had the fat bike, be prepared for some sand. And the "singletrack" is actually an overgrown dirt access road. You are warned. Mar 18, 2016
Chad Lawver
Yosemite Village, CA
Chad Lawver   Yosemite Village, CA
The Good: Beautiful views and low traffic The Bad: The sand can be immobilizing, and the single track is a little overgrown. Potential Solution: Ride a fat bike. Do the loop in reverse direction for an epic downhill singletrack. Be forewarned though that the singletrack is exposed, and does not provide much room for error. May 14, 2017

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