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Pioneer-Halleluja Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun intermediate loop that uses the best section of the Pioneer Trail and return via Hallelujah Trail.


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11.2

Miles

18.0

KM

95%

Singletrack

4,640' 1,414 m

High

4,058' 1,237 m

Low

1,090' 332 m

Up

1,091' 332 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This is a great intermediate loop that uses the best section of the Pioneer Trail and a return via the Hallelujah Trail, which features a steep switchback descent.

Need to Know

Poor satellite coverage in the area so be prepared. If you get lost, head north to find your way back to the highway or take a look at the MTB Project mobile app.

Description

Start from the parking lot just off Hwy 20 near the entrance to the White Cloud campground. Follow signs to Pioneer Trail down a dirt road around the south side of the campground. You'll know you're on the correct road as you pass the small campground amphitheater.

At the first Y intersection under the power lines, take the road to the left. Keep an eye out for the signs for Pioneer Trail, which is the start of the singletrack trail. The start of this trail is about a 1/2 mile from the parking lot. Ride for about two miles to a wide open gravel area, and keep relatively straight to find Pioneer Trail again.

At Skillman Horse Camp, go straight, then find the Pioneer Trail again. Within a few hundred feet there will be a Y junction in the trail. Pioneer Trail goes towards the left and the start of Hallelujah Trail is to the right. Follow the signs to stay on this trail as it passes dirt roads. After a fun switchback section, then a long descent, there will be a junction with a dirt road. Go right for about 20 ft up that road, then take a sharp onto Hallelujah Trail. After a bit of a climb, you'll end up at the same wide open gravel area previously passed before Skillman. This is the end of Hallelujah Trail.

Take the trail to the left, which brings you back to Pioneer Trail for the return home. After about 1.5 miles there will be a Y in the trail. Either way returns back, though the trail to the left is less steep of a climb.

History & Background

The detour at White Cloud campground makes it difficult to follow older maps of Pioneer Trail.

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At the steep drop in
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
The drop in!
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Trail approaching campground
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Pioneer Trail.
Mar 1, 2018 near Nevada…, CA
Pioneer Trail views.
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Flowy goodness
Nov 3, 2018 near Nevada…, CA

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Jul 5, 2019
Chris F
Apr 17, 2019
Phillip Sommerfeld
11.2mi — 1h 45m
Nov 3, 2018
Nick Wright
Fast, dry, and some loose turns. Lots of dust to deal with if you're riding with a group. 11mi — 1h 12m
Jul 22, 2018
Rachel Woolf
May 27, 2018
csproul
Fun and cruiser 13mi — 1h 57m
Jan 6, 2018
Rob Sheldon
Fun! Muddy, some debris. Take a GPS. 12mi — 2h 30m