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Joaquin Miller Park Standard XC Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An enjoyable mix of cross country (and cyclocross-friendly) terrain.


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Map Key

6.0

Miles

9.6

KM

30%

Singletrack

1,439' 439 m

High

758' 231 m

Low

694' 212 m

Up

756' 230 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is the standard loop of the park. It's doable on a cyclocross bike, but more enjoyable on mountain bike. This loop does not include any of the serious downhill trails, but it's a lovely ride when you're looking to take it easy, or get warmed up for Cinderella Trail or Chaparral Trail.

Need to Know

The park is free, but if you use it regularly you should donate and/or volunteer. Do not ride here if the trails are wet, as it is poor etiquette and will damage the trails.

Watch for children, families, hikers, joggers, and other riders. Dogs are only allowed ON LEASH here, but many owners disregard this rule, so be ready. It is VERY busy here on the weekends so ring your bell and plan to share/yield often.

Description

Parking is plentiful on Joaquin Miller Road. Climb up Sanbourn (paved) to "The Lookout" and drop in on Sinawik Trail for a fun but short descent into a gorgeous area of the park (redwoods, ferns, ivy, creek). Take the left over the wooden footbridge and an immediate right to stay on Sinawik Trail. This is winding, rolling singletrack along a creek, and it will eventually spit you out onto Sunset Trail where you'll ride through an open meadow and continue on to climb up to Sequoia Bayview Trail.

Make the sharp left onto Sequoia Bayview Trail and get ready to share the trail with lots of hikers, joggers, and dogs (often off-leash even though it is unlawful). Stay on Sequoia Bayview Trail as it winds around and eventually deposits you out onto the pavement near some restrooms just above the horse arena. Take the pavement (past the yellow gate) all the way until the Big Trees parking area on Skyline Blvd. Open up your suspension because here begins the descent.

Drop into Big Trees Trail and follow it until it ends at another Skyline Blvd parking/staging area. Make the right turn onto Sequoia Bayview Trail for only a moment before taking the hairpin left turn at the wooden fence onto Palos Colorados Trail. Watch for the optional—but highly recommended—left uphill split for a little extra flow. After it ends, take the left onto Sunset Trail back through the meadow, and take the wooden footbridge on the left to Sinawik Trail, which will take you all the way back to The Lookout.
From here, you'll drop Bishops Walk and descend back down to the parking on Joaquin Miller Road.

History & Background

Learn more about century-long history of Joaquin Miller Park here.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Van Den Eng

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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Photos

My 'home trails' are short but sweet!
Jul 24, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
'Magic Forest', in Oakland!
Jul 24, 2015 near Piedmont, CA
Misty morning at Miller Park, Saturday 9th Sept.
Sep 12, 2017 near Piedmont, CA
Sinawik trail
Mar 18, 2019 near Piedmont, CA
Redwoods along the trail
Dec 22, 2013 near Piedmont, CA
Top of Big Trees Trail—parking lot and picnic table
Jun 4, 2019 near Piedmont, CA

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Jan 17, 2021
Romy Ilano
Jan 3, 2021
Romy Ilano
Still enjoyable for a total first time noob to mountain biking. Nice people, mystical trails, and fun to see more advanced mountain bikers whizz by. 6.5mi — 1h 40m
Aug 7, 2020
Corwin Hockema
Aug 2, 2020
Hardy Han
Jul 31, 2020
Corwin Hockema
Jan 20, 2020
Em Bottomley
5.9mi — 10h 20m
Dec 26, 2019
Sivan M
Nov 9, 2019
Baruch Schnarch