Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,168/1 ft
Total: 47 riders
Mountain Biking Arnold Rim Trail
#41 of 987 mountain bike trails in California
#611 in the world
Set in the beautiful terrain of the Stanislaus National Forest there is a large variety of trails here built over the last couple decades plus dozens of miles of old Forest Service roads that have been closed too motorized traffic for several years now. Through a lot of planning and hard work in order to better organize this network of trails the locals have built the ART to serve as the main singletrack route through the area. The ART utilizes singletrack for most all of its 10 miles however there are a few short sections of FS road still in use, singletrack is continuously being built to reroute around these sections. Signage is adequate and also constantly being improved upon, delineators Forest Brown in color with an ART sticker and arrows mark the route. The route does takes you up and over the â€˜Top of the Worldâ€™ (see trail description) and actually uses some of the same trail. From the peak riders are treated to a view of the Sierra Crest to the East and all the way out to the Coastal Range towards the West on very clear days.
This terrain is far from flat so expect to climb quite a bit however the payoff is swoopy, fast singletrack through some amazingly beautiful forest. Occasionally the trail splits into a technical route with an easier â€˜ride aroundâ€™, these are marked with the typical Black Diamond vs. easy or intermediate ratings.
There are many other trails that either originate from or cross the ART, watch for these descriptions here in the future as these routes become defined and signed.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
Avery: From Hwy 4 in Avery about 4 miles before Arnold, turn West on Avery Sheep Ranch Road. Proceed West approx 1.5 miles to an unmarked (except for park info signs slighly off the road) dirt road on the right. (County Rd 323) Several parking areas are available at varying distances up this road on the left side. Look for the ART markers on the north side of rd 323.
White Pines (Arnold): From Hwy 4 at the eastern edge of Arnold, turn NE on Blagen Rd. Trailhead and parking are near the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum at 1605 Blagen Rd, near the southern end of White Pines Lake.
There are additional access points, some within Arnold, however at this time there are issues about parking within the neighborhoods, as soon as these are resolved directions to these will be posted.
1 mile before Avery on hwy 4 there is a Forest Ranger station on the right, it is highly advisable to stop here and ask for a map and other info on this area. The local rangers here are very proactive about these trails, new construction and the progression of the sport within their jurisdiction.
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