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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +602/ -584 ft
Total: 219 riders

Mountain Biking Foresthill Divide

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#46 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#788 in the world

Just a nice Sunday afternoon ride...just continuous perfectly smooth single track stretching for miles. A few spots of technicality, but nothin' serious. I took the loop clockwise, but ran across many others going the opposite direction. All very friendly and curteouos. The parking at the starting point was very crowded...I got the last spot at around noon. However, there was ample parking at the other end of the trail where it crosses Foresthill Rd the second time (near pic 5). No serious climbs, but it does add up in the end. Thanks to FATRAC for creating this great mtb trail.

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 18, 2003. Last updated May 11, 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
Hwy 80 to Foresthill Rd. Head south for about 5 miles and the park in the lot on the right. See my webpage for maps and gps tracks. Happy trails!
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Rider questions

Q: Best to ride it counterclockwise as the downhill on the return can have some speed demons and you wouldn't run into 'em head on. I'm 72 and love this trail. I just git outta' the way when the crazies git behind me. All-in-all folks on this trail are the best. -- 'Ol Ed

Q: Hi I'm wondering which way is the best way to ride this trail...I'm intermediate and my partner is a beginner...Does the flow matter?? CCW or CW? Thanks!!!!
A: CCW for short steep climbs and long flowing downhill sections

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  • Jjnight

    Great ride with some flow track, single track and small rock gardens. Beautiful ride along the American River and under the Foresthill bridge.

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  • John Lane

    A most excellent trail for an afternoons ride. Hard to get lost, just dont lose the highway that cuts it down the middle. Never super technical, never super sketchy, just a fun, flowy and god trail. Go for a burrito in Auburn after...

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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Very good trail; quite a bit of climbing, but no super long climbs. You will get a workout.
    Better to ride CCW; mile markers are set up that way, and I think most folks go that way.

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  • norcalskier

    Fun trail. Bring $10 of you want to park in the Auburn SRA lot.

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  • Twiddles

    Best Singletrack in the area. My favorite trail. Unlike other reviews I consider the hills a bit more than moderate in difficulty. This trail defines the term rolling Singletrack. At the second crossing of Foresthill Rd go 25 yards up the road and you will see the trail continue.

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  • cgreen5150

    Out of the 20 or so different trails I have rode, this is my favorite. Very good flow either way you ride. I have rode counter-clockwise more than clockwise, but I think clockwise has even better flow. Nothing too technical and pretty open for the most part. Incline on the climbs are moderate. Great trail!

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  • rpedro

    Just got into MTB. This was my first trail. Went counterclockwise. Kicked my back side cause I am out of shape. Nice people. I was weak after the first side and took Foresthill road back to the truck. Need to head out in the morning because of heat and watch for ppl.

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  • bioadam

    Good ride, lots of up followed by fun swoopy downhill. Not super tech, but it keeps you awake. Watch for poison oak

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  • gtaiken

    Ride - 4/25/11 - Rain in the morning made the counter-clockwise loop more difficult. NOT A BEGINNER TRAIL. First time on the bike in 2011 and was quickly reminded that bike shape is different than being in shape. I would suggest that beginners only ride the Clementine side of the loop (it's more of a hammer). When the whole loop is wet or weathered from winter it becomes more of an intermediate trail.

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  • haringbone

    I love the trail but brought some new riders and they struggled. Not a beginner trail. I took joslinmanman, below and he walked quite a bit. Riding shape and mental shape is important cause it is a long trail, 10plus miles.

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  • joslinmanman

    cool trail, although i didnt consider it a beginner trail, climbs were very tough, but then again im out of biking shape

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  • Sierradirtslayer   ✓ supporter

    Fun fast rolling trail. Mellow climbs. Did the trail in both directions and prefer to do it clockwise. This allows for slower, mellower climbs with nice downhill sections. Best one near the end of the trail. Very muddy last week, nice and tacky this week with minimal mud. Watch for horses.

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  • agallop

    This was my first MTB trail ride. There are a few steep climbs, but the fun (not very technical) downhill makes it worth while. The changes of scenery are very pretty too.

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  • Trish-Joe

    1st time on the trail - I'd give it high marks for the challenging terrain. It is NOT for beginners, unless you wanna just do partial. Also, look out for rude, "this is MY trail" riders -- some butt-cavern insulted us for not pulling over - he didn't even bother to let us know he was coming up fast! A little courtesy, please.

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  • Iharries

    Great track!!! This was my first bike trail i was ever on. I've riden this trail around 10 times and i'm still loving it.

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  • KOmen

    I’ve ridden this trail numerous times & would not recommend it to a true beginner. You need to be something other than table shape. You need to be aware of other riders coming from the opposite direction and if your allergic to poison oak….beware.

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  • Juan_Gear

    FATRAC is doing some rebuilding, please check their web sit and give them some Props!

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  • RedAmoeba

    An easy ride on technical, moderate on cardio. Started from the foresthill rd entry point and looped back. Take it on a day with moderate weather or start early as it can get hot on a few of the exposed hills. Nice fast, rolling, sometimes winding downhills after some moderate climbs. The trail is somewhat marked but there appears to be a few downed signs so pay attention. When crossing foresthill the first time, note the connecting trail is only slightly visible from the drainage on the opposite side of the two-lane. One 60 oz camel and a bar were good for the 11+ mile loop.

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  • wardtr

    I love the foothills. FATRAC is great, make more! This trail is still some great riding, beginners can do it, experts can do it faster. If you think you're hardcore ride a single speed 24" out there.

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  • Valerie

    Great fun . It looks like it might be hot in the summer months, parts are out in the open but lots of pretty trail in the trees . The only complaint was one road crossing that wasn't marked . We had to wait for someone to come along and tell us where the trail was on the other side of a busy road .

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