The Bass Hill House is gated, but there is a small trail on the right side of the house that allows you to see all of Apple Valley and Victorville.
Extremely fun but very tough overall. Better to ride with someone Incase you fall. The climb to the top of Bass Hill House is hard but as soon as you make it up, you're gifted an amazing view of the entire town of Apple Valley and Victorville. Once finished with the view, you'll go back to the front of the house and wrap around the left side of it and go off to start the off-road section of the trail that takes you across the mountain which leads to the water reservoirs.
Need to Know
Parking down by the electric generators is free and open to the public.
The trail starts off at the base of Bass Hill Mountain. The initial climb is intense and you might need to "hike a bike" to the halfway point to the water towers. Once at the halfway point, you'll see a gate. Once you see it, you'll turn right into a semi paved road that leads you to Bass Hill Road
. The climb up this mountain road is tough. But once you reach the top, it's well worth it as the views behind the hill top house are breathtaking.
Once you reach the Hilltop House, there is a path along the right side of the house that will take you to the back (It's legal to go around back). You might see a few other trail users along the way. After checking out the view, go back to the front and around the other side of the house. This will lead you to a dirt trail across the mountain which leads to the water towers. This dirt trail is challenging and has plenty of technical descents and climbs with sharp turns. You can get a lot of speed on this trail so be careful. Once you reach the water towers, it's a straight shot back down to the beginning.
The trail to the water reservoirs is very technical and is only recommended for experienced riders because it has technical descents and there are many obstacles that need skill to pass without hiking or falling off the bike. Once you reach the reservoirs, the paved road will take you all the way back to finish the loop. Keep in mind that the descent is extremely steep to the bottom. The trail deserves respect and caution!
Shared By: Christopher Sayegh