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
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.
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.