Family Friendly: Starting from the Bear Valley end hike up to the little bench for beautiful view of Bear Valley, Lake Spaulding, Old Man Mountain, & signal peak to the east.
Start from either end or continue from Lower Pioneer Trail
. Parking available at west end at Omega Rest Stop (no water but picnic tables & pit toilets) or dirt parking area on Zeibright Rd. in Bear Valley just off highway 20.
From Bear Valley follow Zeibright Road west to a split that goes right then under water flume. Singletrack starts there & climbs a few miles to great views. From Omega Rest Stop, cross highway 20 & look for short connector to Pioneer Trail
. It's a little confusing since there is a moto trail that runs parallel in this area. Pioneer Trail
is just a few yards further into the forest beyond the moto trail. Just continue perpendicular to highway 20, cross the moto trail & you'll hit Pioneer Trail
. Turn left onto Pioneer Trail
for this segment or right for Pioneer Trail
that will take you to White Cloud & Harmony Market (or to Nevada City via Miner's or Snow Ditch Mountain Trails).
This segment of Pioneer Trail
has a few rocky sections & one small creek crossing with no bridge at Steephollow Creek - a year-round water source to filter. It's common to see bear along this trail later in the afternoons, especially around Steephollow Creek & Lowell Hill Rd. crossings. This segment is 98% singletrack & is signed fairly well. It does cross a few moto trails around Omega & Excelsior Rd. There are tons of logging roads & singletrack trail, including moto trails, up here to add to your ride!
Often dusty in spots in the fall & considerable debris, some fallen trees, & a few small stream crossings in the spring. You haven't really ridden Pioneer Trail
until you've included this segment!