October 26, 2017
Local biking trails in Santa Rosa at Annadale were closed due to fire so decided to explore Camp Tamarancho. Spend some time learning about obtaining a day pass as the park is on private land. Also good to research parking. I was able to find 4 hour free parking downtown Fairfax. Sunshine bikes is often recommended both for parking as well purchasing a day pass for $5. I purchased my pass online and printed at home as I was hitting the trail early on a Monday. From downtown Fairfax, the ride into the park is pretty short and even a nice warm up before you start the initial climb up the Alchemist trail. This trail is a moderate climb with moderately tight switchbacks which will challenge your balance and technical climbing abilities over small rocks and roots. I was riding a hardtail which added a little more challenge but it was very reasonable and fun. Most climbs are in shaded areas with intermittent flats in the more exposed yet scenic vistas found on the main loop. There is a mixture of smooth trails, semi-rocky terrain, a rock garden, the boulder drop-off and finally the Enduro trail. The Enduro trail is a purpose constructed trail providing jumps and banked turns with a ton of fun in a short trail. Better yet, there is an opportunity to detour to the right off the main loop and repeat the Enduro traill as much as you like. Once your adrenalin has subsided you can finish the rest of the loop which is more of the same. At the end of the day, this is a great trail with mixture of terrain and fun for the low-intermediate to expert rider. Beginning riders should probably get some time negotiating rocks, roots, and crevices before heading to Camp Tamarancho. This trail is well suited for full suspension low to mid travel bikes but is reasonable for hard tail if you are willing to take a little abuse in the saddle. Not sure this is a downhill thrill but fun for everything else. Well worth the drive and the $5 usage fee. Definitely plan to return from time to time. Highly recommend a Monday as there were only few riders encountered. This trail is not designed to support a large number of riders and a crowd would definitely spoil some of the fun.
Mix between Rocky trails of Annadale, single track shade with intermittent open areas of Santa Cruz Wilder Ranch and the purpose built Enduro section of Nisene Marks