Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Elevation: +731/ -876 ft
Total: 32 riders
Mountain Biking Fleming Meadows
#140 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
There is a map on a big sign in the parking lot with well marked shared use trails. They are mostly singletrack with some fire road. There's a hard 1.8 mile climb near the beginning followed by many sweet opportunities to get air on the way back down.
First added by marsh on Sep 14, 2008. Last updated Aug 4, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
- Drinking water: no
- Lift service: no
- Night riding: yes
- Pump track: no
- Restrooms: yes
- Fat bike grooming: yes
- E-bikes allowed: yes
- Fee required: no
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From US 50 East of Placerville, take the Sly Park Rd. exit and go South 6 miles. 1 mile past the Sly Park Recreation area entrance turn left. Travel 1.2 miles East and turn right on the first paved road you find. It has open bar gates on it. Free parking is a few hundred feet down Blue Gouge Mine Road (Confusingly called Bonetti Road on Google Maps).
Love this little XC trail. Fun Blue/Green rip. Currently tree down on back of loop.Thank |
Also 8b is a out and back--- up. :D Worth it though...Thank |
Great ride but ;)Thank |
signs could be better. More than a few crossings that aren't signed. Gps really helps.
Very fun trail. I like to start at the sign just past the second dam and ride it counter clockwise. I've ridden it both ways but cc seems to have better flow. A few people mention "brutal" climbs, but I would have to disagree. Don't get me wrong there is some long climbs but nothing I would say is too steep ( and I'm a 50 plus guy). Great bombing downhills are the payoff for the climbs and nothing to technical. Great to combine with the other nearby trails for some more mileage. Enjoy!!Thank |
The trail conditions are perfect. We rode 8.8 miles 1362 ft. It's quite a work out unless your a good climber, which I'm not. I'd stay on 8 unless your familiar with the others. I hear the others 8a, 8b and c if there is one takes you straight down to the river and the climb back up can be brutal.
Take trail 8 from fleming meadows staging area. 8b is an amazing trail it ends at a creek in a canyon that is the most beautiful place ive ever been. good speed and keeps nice and cool. Take trail 8B!!Thank |
This is a great trail system. The downhill parts are pretty intense with grueling up hill returns but it well worth it. There are quite a few smaller loops and out and back trails that can make your trip as interesting and challenging as you would like. Get there early in late Spring-early Fall as it gets pretty hot and you can get dehydrated very easily. There are parts that require a lot of technical skill and others that need nothing more than grit or you will be hike and biking quite a bit. It is a good trail for all experience levels bc of the many options. Quite of bit of hikers and horse back riders from mid morning on.Thank |
A great number of different rides are possible in this area. From dirt road to single track, easy to moderately technical, gradual grades to serious climbs, this area has it all! It all depends which direction you ride and which route(s) you choose. I'd feel very comfortable taking a beginning rider in this area and choosing the appropriate ride.
There are two possible places to park. 1st is alongside Mormon Emigrant Rd (AKA Iron Mountain Rd and Sliver Lake Rd) just past the second dam (if travelling EB on Mormon Emigrant from Sly Park Rd). There is a trail map posted at this entrance but no paper maps are available for you to take with you. The Main trail Head parking area is accessed by Blue Gouge Rd. Their is a large trail map posted here and the USFS keeps plenty of paper (take along) maps stocked.
Pay close attention to the trail ratings. Trails marked 'More Difficult' may result in a beginner or less strong biker having to hike a bike for part of the trail but the 'Most Difficult' rides can easily overwhelm someone not quite ready for a serious challenge.
The trail is well marked at all crossroads and intersections so it is very easy to stay on your chosen trail. You will share your trail with equestrians and hikers. A horse trailer or two parked in the Blue Gouge parking area is a sure sign that there be horses somewhere on the trail, all though it is possible with the trail configuration that you'll never come across them or anyone else!Thank |
I LIVE 1 MILE FORM THS TRIAL, GOOD 8 MILE LOOP, MULTI LOOPS BRING EXTRA WATER, ELAV 3600, SMALL MARKET WITHIN 1.5 MILES.......PLEASE RESPECT HORSES, SUMMER AND FALL BRING DUSTY COUNDITIONS, CARRY CHIAN LUBE, WINTER TIME WILL HAVE SNOW/MUD, HAVE FUN......BECAREFUL, I HAVE SEEN BLACK BEARS, MOUNTIAN LOINS, AND RATTLERS ON THIS TRAIL ....Thank |