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14.1 mile 22.8 kilometer loop
40% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,573' 479 m
Descent: -1,573' -480 m
High: 7,519' 2,292 m
Low: 6,776' 2,065 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Steve Schweigerdt

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

Steve Schweigerdt

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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).


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.


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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
Sep 2, 2018
Leland Hubble
Sep 2, 2018
Aaron Kint
Amazing ride. You can get a little confused with lack of signs. Used the ski area map as guide to help me stay on trail. The mix is singletrack epic 14mi
Aug 11, 2018
Sonya Weiser Souza
Jul 14, 2018
Seth Ad
Jul 3, 2018
Smashley S
Blanketed in wildflowers, beautiful views. Tough, dry, dusty singletrack switchbacks. Wood chips on flat section behind homes.
Jun 30, 2018
Bill Dietz
Started near Serene Lakes, out to Point Mariah, to Royal Gorge Summit Station, out to Sugar Bowl Village, back to Soda Springs Rd parking. Fun ride… 16mi

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