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Fiske to Foley Creek to Long Canyon

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27.3 Miles 43.9 Kilometers


20%

Singletrack

4,262' 1,299 m

Ascent

-4,266' -1,300 m

Descent

2,727' 831 m

High

570' 174 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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A committing run from Cache Creek up and over to Knoxville and then back up to the top via Long Canyon Trail.

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Overview

This area got pretty beat up during the 2015 fire season. Fiske Creek and Long Canyon were unharmed as well as Foley Creek. So these parts can still be ridden in a pretty natural state. However, much of the ridge was bulldozed for a firebreak. I suppose it will grow back...
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

It is a pretty remote. There is some route finding to do. It took me 4.5 hours to ride 26 miles. Water is sparse to non- existent. Some areas are overgrown. Be careful, staying up on top on the way back. Dropping down into the upper end of Fiske Creek is very overgrown and difficult to traverse. As always, stay away for weeks after any rain.

Description

This ride starts with a climb of nearly 2000' in 4.5 miles to the cross roads. Turn left and follow the ridge for three miles and look for a jeep track dropping off the right side. Descend for one mile to a small saddle. Just uphill from the saddle go cross-country for 200 yards to a small stock pond. There you can pick up a faint track that gets better as you drop into Foley Creek Descent.

Four miles of fun descending finishes at Knoxville Road. Follow the road south for 0.7 of a mile to the metal posts at the start of Long Canyon Trail. It is five miles and 1,300 ft. to the pass. Go have a look, but then go back and follow the doubletrack uphill to a big stock pond and a split junction just above the pond.

Turn right and press on across a faint trail that leads to a barbwire gate and jeep trail beyond. Make all the correct turns here and you'll soon be back on the ridge and retracing your tracks back down the ridge to Road 40 and the low water bridge.

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Great Trail but be careful: I had a bad experience: Start with route 40 at route 16 at cache creek. It's good; its 5 miles uphill. once you reach the junction at the top. It all a problem. At the top you split left for the Fiske creak road. Since people don't seem to ride these trails, the trails/roads are kind bad but ridable. You go upto ~7 miles. Where you split to the right for foley creek descent or foley ridge according to GPS I took the descent. Horrible trail for couple of miles for 2 reasons. 1. No one rides these trails; very obvious looking at the trail. 2. Rain has eroded the trail. Just gutters and vegetation and bush branches all over made it nervous ride. It not technical. It just a bad trail. After 2+ miles of this ride, the trail simply disappeared.No kidding. I used my phone GPS and the trail map to walk through waist high vegetation for ~2 miles to get to Knoxville road. Very nervous walk since its no man's land, can't see the ground.If I were to be bit by a snake, well simply I am dead. Finally I reached the Knoxville road. I rode little bit on the long canyon return path. I saw some vegetation and retuned back since it was 3 PM and it was not worth taking the risk. So I was stranded. From Knoxville road to Cache Creek Route 40 start its 65 miles :) can't do it since can't ride in the dark in these roads. So I found some partial help form some people and eventually took a taxi and got back to the start. Gist is, In CA, I found that if trails are not ridden/used, it may not be worth the risk since you are up in deep mountains with ZERO possibility of help. and its not enjoyable either. In my case I should have returned back after ~7 miles or taken Fiske creek road to the left after 7 miles (don't know if that part is good or not). I didn't have GPS map for the that part of the trails. so I played a bit safe by sticking the GPS route I had downloaded and reached a safe place by walking. Since I was by myself it made me nervous. It's a great trail though, solid climbs, beautiful landscape, log distance and so on. Advise: Just do the good part of the trail and back off when you see unused portion trail. I wanted to finish the 28 miles loop and paid the price. Good luck! May 15, 2016

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