Backside of Tushar Ridge
ElevationAscent: 439' 134 m
Descent: -1,794' -547 m
High: 10,354' 3,156 m
Low: 8,750' 2,667 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A ride that provides great views of high ridges and beautiful lakes and streams.”— Lane Tucker
At the top, you'll find great views and the intersection with the Puffer Lake trail. Take a moment to enjoy the 360º panorama that includes Puffer Lake and the surrounding ridges. When you're ready, follow the Puffer Lake Trail south. The sometimes vague singletrack continues into the wood for some classic fun. Do watch the upcoming trail in case there is any recent deadfall across the path.
Soon after the grade steepens there is a "Y" in the trail, keep left to continue toward the lake for a fun descent. Near the end, the singletrack exits the trees and becomes a road-trace for the last little bit to Cullen Creek Road. Continue south along the lake to make a left on HWY 153. Take the next right to head down Lower Tushar Ridge (PST 27).
The start of the ATV trail travels though an old resort of small dilapidated cabins and three private ponds. As you make your way past the last pond, make sure to stop and check out the waterfall to the east.
From there, continue along the track for a steady and relaxing descent down the valley. Beginners should feel very comfortable here and more experienced riders will enjoy picking up speed. As the trees pull back and the forest opens up some, awesome views of the creek can be had through the gaps. Note that although the trail is quite mellow, the segment between the two parallel tracks can be fairly soft and care should be taken when transferring back and forth.
After a few miles, the trail ends at a dirt road "Y," keep high and to the right to continue around the ridge toward Three Creeks. Once around the reservoir, a slight climb leads to HWY 153. Here you'll either enjoy a reserved shuttle (if you arranged it in advance from Eagle Point) or you'll need to climb up HWY 153 back to the parking area a few miles above.
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