ElevationAscent: 3,558' 1,085 m
Descent: -3,558' -1,085 m
High: 2,381' 726 m
Low: 1,311' 400 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A large, flowy loop that will leave you panting and wanting more.”— Jordan Sorokin
Enjoy the warmup on Sierra Morena Trail and continue downward past the second parking lot until you eventually meet up with the top of Gordon Mill Trail. From there, exit the Preserve and take Hwy 35 southbound for half a mile or so until you see a sign for Bear Gulch Road (it will be a right-hand turn; don't mistake it for east Bear Gulch that will be on your left). Continue on Bear Gulch Road for a mile or so, and be on the lookout for a trailhead sign and entrance back into the Preserve on your right (the top of Spring Board Trail).
It can be quite easy to miss, although fortunately there is another entrance point not too far further that you can catch. Take the short doubletrack trail to meet up with Lawrence Creek Trail on your left. This is a slightly unpleasant steep downhill section with plenty of brake bumps, but quickly dumps you into a large, open sandy area where you can enter the top of Blue Blossom trail on your right.
Blue Blossom trail is an incredibly fun, flowy two-mile singletrack that you'll likely have to yourself. Take your time, hit the jumps and side features that are speckled along the trail, and enjoy the solitude of the south side of the Preserve. The trail eventually merges with the lower portion of Spring Board Trail with a fairly loose and rocky descent (and then ascent) that can be somewhat treacherous if you aren't prepared, as it isn't accessible to emergency vehicles. After the ascent, follow the sign to meet with Gordon Mill Trail.
Make a right on Gordon Mill Trail and climb half a mile or so to reach the bottom of Crossover Trail, which features tight switchbacks that I find equally engaging as both a climb and descent. Climb up Crossover, being mindful of descending riders, to reach the Crosscut Trail split. Turn left to eventually merge onto Timberview Trail, a doubletrack/fire road, until you see Giant Salamander on your right, another very flowy singletrack.
Giant Salamander will take you to Methuselah Trail, a wide fire road that you'll learn to hate. It is unfortunately one of the few ways back up to the good stuff, and only steepens on its way up. Conserve your energy, as you'll be doing this climb again...
You'll know you're at the top when you see a sign for Manzanita Trail. Don't be tempted to take it just yet, but instead turn left to meet with Fir Trail (Upper), where you'll then make another left and continue for 0.5 miles until you reach the top of Resolution Trail on your right. This can also be somewhat difficult to spot so be on the lookout. Resolution Trail offers some intermediate rocky sections and a challenging root-hop that can be rewarding to session. It eventually meets with El Corte de Madera Creek Trail, which takes you to North Leaf Trail after a very steep descent and painful, but short, climb.
North Leaf Trail is full of tight drops and short climbs, but doesn't require serious bike handling skills to enjoy. After 1.5 miles or so, it takes you to a split where you make a left to continue onto lower Methuselah Trail. There you'll find 18 (or more, depending on what rocks you hop over) small jumps that are exceptionally entertaining. It eventually leaves you at the bottom of the park, encapsulated in a beautifully lush landscape. There's only one way to go from here, so continue forward to climb back up Methuselah Trail all the way to reach the top of Manzanita Trail once again.
This time, take Manzanita Trail on your right to hit a series of rock gardens and a very techy climb. Manzanita Trail finally pops you back onto Timberview Trail, which you'll take back to the top of the preserve. Skeggs Point is just 0.5 miles north on the 35.
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