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Sister Elsie Trail



2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,185' -361 m
High: 3,306' 1,008 m
Low: 2,121' 646 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)


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Trail shared by Paul Kellogg

A fun descent with fun corners and lots of small to medium size jumps, drops and gaps.

Paul Kellogg

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Riding up the Haines Canyon Motorway, there are several points to access this descent: Mount Lukens Bailout, Sister Elsie Spur, where Haines Canyon Motorway crosses the trail or for the highest point, the Old Mt. Lukens Trail. While the Sister Elsie Trail technically starts another mile and a half above the bottom of the Old Mt. Lukens Trail, it does not do so in any way that is meaningful for bikes. That section of trail is an overgrown path that does not look to have ever been set up for biking, so it's probably not a great idea.

Once on the trail, you'll find a well built descent with plenty of nice features. Many jumps and gaps are easy to spot landings for as you ride, but others (especially some of the drops) should definitely be scouted first, as there are sometimes landings you must get to, and sometimes not. None of the jumps are mandatory, and the descent is still fun (though probably not quite as awesome) for riders who aren't into that.

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May 24, 2018
Nicholas Heredia
Dirt was packed and smooth. Solid ride! 2.1mi
Oct 31, 2017
Matthew Welter
Mar 31, 2017
Kurt Kaufman
Mar 3, 2017
Alex Johnson
haines lookout DH 3mi
Dec 27, 2016
Paul Kellogg
There has been some maintenance on the trail to add some jumps and fix the current ones
Sep 23, 2016
Alex Johnson
Apr 28, 2016
Paul Kellogg
My shins are all bloody now from all the bushes whipping my legs... Wear long pants if possible! 1.4mi
Apr 22, 2016
Alex Johnson

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Lots of lines available, left to right: The Go-'Round, The Jump, and The Gap.
Feb 13, 2019 near La Cres…, CA
Full send on Sister Elsie
Feb 13, 2019 near La Cres…, CA
A rider airs a drop before a tight left-hander under the spillway.
Jan 6, 2017 near La Cres…, CA
On the Haines Canyon Trail.
Oct 8, 2016 near La Cres…, CA
Short break at the tiny forest.
Oct 8, 2016 near La Cres…, CA
Continue on the trail.
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