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Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A developing system of doubletrack and singletrack trails in a beautiful setting.


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14.1

Miles

22.8

KM

40%

Singletrack

7,519' 2,292 m

High

6,776' 2,065 m

Low

1,573' 479 m

Up

1,573' 480 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

Smooth, well graded trails with new singletrack up to Point Mariah with great views and lots of trail options. This ride follows the Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail, which overlaps with several ski trails. There are also a number of other ski trails in the area that are open to bikers if you want to explore more (watch for hiking-only trails though).

Description

The Royal Gorge cross country trails are now open for biking and hiking, thanks to the acquisition by Truckee Donner Land Trust. The trails are mostly smooth doubletrack and have been lightly travelled so there is grass and vegetation growing in many of them.

The advantage to the ski trails is they are cleared of down trees and there are many options to choose from. There is brand new singletrack that switchbacks up over the ridge on Royal Gorge Rim Trail to the warming hut and then levels out for about the last mile to Point Mariah, which has great views and is an excellent destination.

Bringing a cross-country trail map would be helpful to find your way or keep your eye on the MTB Project mobile app.

History & Background

The Royal Gorge area contains land that was recently acquired by the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Schweigerdt with improvements by Cole Fenger

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 14 votes

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in Royal Gorge

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  4.0 from 14 votes
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Photos

Wildflowers carpet the Big Ben Trail in Royal Gorge.
Aug 7, 2017 near Truckee, CA

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Check-Ins

Jul 7, 2020
Evan Gravatt
Jun 26, 2020
Bart Schachter
Jun 19, 2020
Sharon R
So fun!
Jun 16, 2020
Evan Gravatt
Jun 16, 2020
Ben Cas
Aug 11, 2019
John Steggall
Sep 22, 2018
Matthew Rensel
Lots of talcum consistency dirt made riding a very dirty business, but overall it was a nice ride.
Sep 22, 2018
Aaron Kint
The trail makers are hard to see. They are metal with no real directions on them! Use this map on app and match up ski trails to stay on course! 14mi