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Gold Valley Rim Trail

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A new must-do singletrack alternative to Gold Valley OHV Trail with sweeping vistas and a fun technical descent.


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5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Singletrack

7,485' 2,282 m

High

6,605' 2,013 m

Low

578' 176 m

Up

983' 300 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Description

New in 2017, Gold Valley Rim extends from Packer Saddle north to Gold Valley OHV Trail, aka “Baby Heads”, via nearly three miles of the recently decommissioned Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and two new miles of singletrack.

This new singletrack alignment bypasses the Forest Service 93-3 road that connects Sunrise Trail with "Baby Heads", a notoriously rocky doubletrack descent, and is a great alternative for accessing Pauley Creek OHV Trail (11E03) or Big Boulder trails. Gold Valley Rim offers majestic ridgetop views of the Sierra Buttes, Mount Elwell, Packer Lake, and Deer Lake.

Pick up the trail at Packer Lake Saddle (intersection of County Route 621 and Butcher Ranch Rd.), just a short distance from the shuttle drop off at the top of Sunrise Trail.

The trail starts with a gradual climb to obtain the ridge where you are rewarded with sweeping views of the Lakes Basin. After riding along the ridge, the trail crosses a couple small service roads where it then deviates from the old PCT and begins to drop down toward "Baby Heads" on new singletrack. The descent is on par with the many great descents in the Downieville trail system with plenty of rocky technical sections.

The trail crosses over several sections of rock slab that gives you a little taste of Moab riding, Sierra style. Look out for a great optional slab descent feature about 4.7 miles in.

The trail ends at an intersection with Forest Service Road 93-3. Follow signs straight to continue on to "Baby Heads" and the start of Pauley Creek/Big Boulder trails, or, turn left on Rd. 93-3 and ride about 3.5 miles back to pick up the start of Butcher Ranch Trail.

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Shared By:

Jon Hart with improvements by Ashley Seaward

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  4.4 from 8 votes

#7

in Gold Valley

#4925

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  4.4 from 8 votes
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#7

in Gold Valley

#292

in California

#4,925

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Sierra Buttes vista from Gold Valley Rim Trail
Jun 13, 2018 near Clio, CA
Slab riding on Gold Valley Rim Trail
Jun 13, 2018 near Clio, CA
Riding a fun slab feature along Gold Valley Rim Trail.
Jun 14, 2018 near Clio, CA
Deer Lake from Gold Valley Rim Trail
Jun 13, 2018 near Clio, CA

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