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Level: Advanced
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +2,357/2 ft
Total: 164 riders
 

Mountain Biking Clementine Loop

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#13 of 987 mountain bike trails in California
#252 in the world

There is some climbing to be done so bring your good legs. This ride provides some great views and a few really rocky/technical areas. There's also a really cool and spooky tunnel to ride through that plunges you into almost complete darkness. If you like you could start this ride off Old Forest Hill Rd where the loop starts and bypass the climb back up to Russell Rd where I parked.. The parking down there is limited, though, and today it was packed...on a Tuesday! Either way, this is a must ride in a very scenic area.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-80 take the Elm St. exit and head toward Hwy 49 South. Turn left onto Lincoln and then proceed north to Russell Rd. Make a right onto Russell and follow until the road turns hard right. Trailherad is on the left.
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  • gar29
    *****

    Rode the trail on 8/31. Trail is in great shape, if a bit dusty.

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  • Twiddles
    *****

    From Foresthill Divide Trail you can take the connector trail which will tie you into this loop. Connector trail is clearly marked at about mile 10 of the CCW loop of Foresthill divide trail. The only real "downhill trail" I have road in this area, its fast, with berms and jumps and you can really get pumping on the ride down to confluence. Confluence is a sometime narrow ride along the river fun and fast and still downhill. Clementine is just a evil fire-road taking you back up a steep climb so you can pay for all the fun you just had. Recommend getting dropped off up top and cheating.

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  • NorCalStinky

    Moved to sacramento from bay area, culvert trail is what ive found to be the best riding around the sacramento/surrounding area. easy to find on google

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  • GavSut
    *****

    This is by far one of my favorite trails. The fast downhill section is littered with jumps and berms making even better! If you have the chance, ride this trail!!!

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  • gar29
    *****

    Wow! Due to personal issues, I've been stuck on the road bike for the last year and finally got up to Clementine Loop. I was very pleasantly surprised at all of the trail work done on the Culvert section by FATRAC, with an REI grant. I'd like to give kudos for the great job! Many areas have been cleaned up and great bermed switchbacks have been added in. This fun trail has gotten even better!

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  • mcmahon130
    *****

    Great trail with something for all skill levels. It is a little short, but can be done twice, or connected with the Forest Hill Divide trail via the connector trail. When done this way, it becomes a tough 26 mile ride. I love the fast louge like burms and jumps. Great trail, and great upkeep.

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  • Sierradirtslayer
    ****

    Fun trail, short. To make some miles and fun out of it add it to the foresthill connector and loop trail

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  • wardtr
    *****

    I've ridden all around Northern California and Culvert to Confluence is one of the best DH's around if you love single tracks and itch to ride fast technical trails as well and throw yourself off some jumps on the way Culvert/Confluence is for you. To get to the trail head go down Foresthill Rd and make a left on Upperlake Clementine Rd. just past Old Foresthill Rd on your right, the trail head is about a half mile or so down the road on the left. Connector comes out on the right hand side... and should be hit at least once because it kicks ass and only has some minor climbing. The trail head for Culvert and Confluence is little further down on the left. Don't get scared in the culvert... (tunnel). -RIDING IS FREEDOM, ALL ELSE IS WAITING-

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  • taylorironhorse
    *****

    Very fun and technical downhill trail with jumps, gaps, rock gardens, and drops after a 4-5 mile climb. it is about a 4-5 mile climb on pavement so it is very easy. If you DH, the best trail down is murders to rocky, confluence is really fun too because it has a 15 foot road gap, and a step up onto a sketchy 4 foot high boulder to a 2 foot drop. in the photos, the one when the guys are catching air is the really fun hip right at the start of confluence

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  • Clintox50
    ****

    make it a long ride and include the connector trail, forresthill divide, and stagecoach. Confluence downhill is awesome by itself, be sure to include the covert trail too. there's sweet jumps built up for the dhers too. I shuttled confluence, stagecoach/manzaneta/flood trail, and the mammoth bar ohv in the rain one day. that was pretty cool. confluence downhill has a waterfall to go under when it's raining hard. the dirt around there holds up well in the wet.

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  • gar29
    *****

    Awesome downhill after a real long 4-5 mile climb. Climb is on pavement, so not that hard. Roads are also availible to shuttle to the top if you want to do it that way.

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