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Level: Beginner
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +87/ -76 ft
Total: 104 riders

Mountain Biking Dry Creek Trail

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#64 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,066 in the world

This little known trail parallels Dry Creek, a tributary of the Tuolmne River. The trail is a series of undulating, twisting, technical single track trails that parallel a paved bike / jogging path. The trail extends east to Claus Rd. and west to La Loma Ave. The up and back distance is approximately 9 miles. The City of Modesto maintains the paved bike path, however, the single track trails are unofficially maintained by local enthusiasts :-) Please be courteous to other trail users and "tread lightly". Enjoy!

First added by alvin.santoy on Oct 7, 2003. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take The Central Modesto Exit- head east on I Street to Downey Ave which then becomes Scenic Dr. Take Scenic, east to El Vista Ave. go right (south). The first right, after crossing the Dry Creek bridge, is Edgebrook Dr. Head west on Edgebrook Dr. to the first stop sign (just past Scenic View Ct)- go right into the park (I think it's called Thousand Oaks Park). This is the best access/ staging area / parking. The trail extends east to Claus Rd. and west to La Loma Ave.
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  • Andrew Roberts

    Not a real long trail but can be ridden by anyone. Beechcruiser to road bike to MTB

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  • Adge

    5 stars for a local trail in the middle of town. If you park at East La Loma Park (about the middle) taking the trail to the right has more single track. It weaves in and out from along the river to along the paved trail. Some fun sections and a terrain park too. Be careful of riding off into the river though bc some sections are not well marked. And you have to really look for the sections of single track or you'll miss some.

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    It is a fun ride. Close so don't have to drive for over and hour just to get a ride in

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  • Anthony Clay

    Went today for the 1st time. It was amazing! The Single track is a bit technical for a beginner like myself, but I wil get it after a few more tries! You have paved and dirt to choose from.

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  • cerro429

    A jewel in the middle of Modesto. There is a little bit of everything here. Tight, off camber single track for the more experienced riders, Mellow dirt paths and asphalt for absolute beginners, and everything in between. Dirt can be slick, but it's easily rideable. Trees along the rivers provide shade in the summer and protect you from rain in the winter. Trails are constantly being worked on and extended. Really easy to get 15 miles out here

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  • chalo1

    It is beautiful green amazing trails

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  • sammmmmmmmmy

    Not challenging only a few uphills and short But the one of the only two trails here so it's like why not it

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    This is my go to trial- I live near by.
    The trail club here in modesto is improving the trail every day. It's about 5 miles one way so you can get in a good 10 mile ride. I'm ready to go hit Santa Cruz for something different- dry creek is a lot of fun

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  • chalo1

    I just completed this course today and I must say it's one of the best places have written so far. Nice family environment, also challenging trails at the same time easy. You just have to pick your trail and that's how much fun you will have

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  • sicwikedfasho

    Being modesto only singetrack trails, it a really good beginner trail, very smooth and not many rocks and debris. some area have very low tree branches, so your going need to duck. some parts of the trail are narrow and close to edge, but there alternate route to avoid them

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  • *****

    Almost trail.... My first time here and I was blown away. If your a noob, this is a trail to try.

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  • PaleRider

    I've been riding this trail for 20 years and it is constantly changing. I also ride Mammoth, Tahoe and others. For a trail with no elevation this trail is real good. If you choose the right paths it can be challenging. Good narrow single track. Short climbs and some good short downhill. Ride the trail from Kewin to Claus Rd and you can put in a good 12 mile ride.

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  • cardinalli

    Easy ride for beginners. Nothing to technical. There are a couple of spots that are challenging but always has an alternate route.

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  • VonDoken

    I am just getting back in to Mtn. Biking & decided to try this trail out & I found it really entertaining. Some nice straight aways & a good mix of technical stuff. There is a Bathroom right in the middle by the park, with water to boot. The trail would be a LOT better if it had ribbons or markers designating the trail, but after a few passes, I'm sure I'll figure it out. There are a few spots with very low hanging tree limbs & some single track that is about 12" wide with no where to go, but down in to the river. One last thing, be aware when riding this trail, very blind & you are destined to meet someone head-on.. But, a super trail, that is super convenient...

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  • *****

    Not a bad ride, i avoided the edges with the huge dips because im a beginner and it didnt seem very safe for my skill level, but the nice thing was the trail usually broke off into two seperate paths one being difficult and other being easy. So overall really enjoyable ride i went from one end to the other i thought i would be much longer but i did it fairly quick, so if you want to go i recommend taking a picnic basket or something, take a break relax and then go hit the trail again that will make it much more enjoyable, overall awesome place to enjoy a good ride.

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  • kymdinh91

    Overall, the trail is very fun. i am new to mountain biking and this is one of my first trails that i have rode. many more to come ^_^

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  • djesberg

    I originally created this post as a guest in 2003. There is now a Dry Creek trail Riders bike club that rides weekly along dry creek. Join us at www.drycreektr.com

    Thanks for all of the reviews and feedback!
    * Review edited 11/4/2011

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  • cfanto

    Great place to either take it easy (w/ the family) on the paved trail or ride the adjacent single-tracks running along the river for some thrills.* Review edited 8/13/2011

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  • nickstr13

    this trail is actually a sick trail there are some parts where it can get really skinny and trees the you have to dodge and manuver through this is a great trail that i will come back to every week

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  • mister

    Like another reviewer said, this IS a sick ass trail! My first time out was yesterday and you might want take it slower at first like i did but then another biker and I blasted through it on the way back and hit the upper part also for a damn good workout. There are some spots where the trail eroded and if you're not careful can take a tumble into the river below. For a saturday there really was not a lot of other bikers on the trail. I definitely found a local spot I'll be coming back to.

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