“Ride to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Sierras with amazing views of Yosemite National Park.”
— Coco Negrete
Closed in the winter due to snow. Be careful after a rain, very muddy conditions.
A steady forest road climb is rewarded by breathtaking view at the top of Yosemite and the Central Valley. Follow this up with a fast and fun descent for a perfect day-ride.
Need to Know
There's substantial deep dust in the beginning on County Road 16 (Cowchilla Mountain Road)
, hence taking Forest Road 5S09X
. Take water with you and some snacks, you'll need it at the top. Getting to the top is very rocky, but the road is wide.
There's a lot to explore in this area; dirt roads that connect Fish Camp to Mariposa and Yosemite National Park (Wawona). Overall, this out-and-back starts with a regular climb from Fish Camp, then the road goes two miles downhill and then continues a solid climb all the way to the top.
There are just a few turns that you have to do to get to the top along County Road 17 (Summit Road)
, Tenmile Grade (4S04)
, and Devil's Peak Summit Road #4S31
. Follow the map or MTB Project mobile app
and you are going to be fine.
This makes for a great workout with a rewarding view and cool downhill on the defunct moto trails Chowchilla Trail (21E340)
and Mountain Trail (21E248)
. On the way back, reserve some energy for the two miles uphill to Fish Camp. Grab a hamburger and a beer at Tenaya Lodge that is just across the street.
History & Background
Part of the old road to Yosemite that President Roosevelt did by horse from Raymond train station.