Level: Easiest
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +5,026/ -5,629 ft
Total: 24 riders

Mountain Biking Big River Trail

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#132 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,836 in the world

This starts out as a dirt road back but about 8 miles back it turns into INSANE single track, with some rather togh situations in some spots. My favrot spots on this trail include the point where the river crosses the path about 10 miles back. there is a pretty sweet hump fallowed by a drop. If you can, try to clear the creek (VERY hard, never doen t myself, although I have tryed). Once youre off the road part drop that seat post freestyle it. Be carful of the blackberry and nettle bushes, though. Theyre rather unforgiving. There are a couple of alternat routes, but the best one isthe one that runs along the river.
Also a great jog if your bike is out of commision.

Take note of:
Horseback riders. Around here (mendo), they tend to be b****y and to think they own the place.
Also, IF YOU CAN, get permission to atv back to where the single track starts, or else you'll be spent by the time you get to it;).
This is not the smartest place to ride after/durring a big rainstorm, as the river floods almost all the singletrack.

Hope to see you ot there!

First added by =ChrisB= on Apr 5, 2006. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From 101 in Willits take HWY20 west to Fort Bragg. Turn left at the HWY20 HWY1 junction untill you reach mendocino. Once you pass the main street exit, the turnoff is on your right (you've missed it if you've goen over the bridge).
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  • Mark_E.

    This was a nice, scenic ride. The graded logging road and mostly level ride are pleasant. Rode the trail in mid-Dec during a rainy week and it drained well. Haven't ridden all the way back to the singletrack portion, but I'm looking forward to it! During nice weather and especially on weekends, watch for hikers, other bikers, and horses.

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  • =ChrisB=

    Sorry I forgot to say that its a beginner trail UNTILL the 10 mile mark. also, it runs much firther then 10 miles.

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