Granite Bay Trail

3.80 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The trail is a gradual uphill and downhill. It is mostly singletrack over dry, sandy hills and ridges. Since this is a new trail, it looks like it will be a blast after a little bit of moisture compacts the trail a bit. A word of caution: this is a multi-use trail. Please remember the IMBA Rules of the Trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: What's the best way to get to the trail head on Granite Bay Trail? -Guest

A: Inside the main gate off of Douglas, take a right at the first two stop signs. You will pass by the trail at the second sign. Follow the road until you get to a parking lot with a bathroom. You will have been to the left of the trail on the road. Bike back up to where you see a white gate on the left just as the road makes that 90* turn, the trail takes off to the right from there. The gate house will have maps or download a gpx. $12 park fee or use a golden poppy pass. There are numerous trails. Another way to learn them is to join a local mtb club such as the Hammerin' Wheels found on meetup. They bike there every Thursday and Sunday.

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Reviews (26)

Granny Gear

December 20, 2018
Review: Fun relatively easy multi use trails. After a rain they dry up quickly and are perfect. They are adding new trails all of the time. Not well maintained trails and all are two way trails shared with horses and hike/runners. The water tower hill is a fun climb and several options for getting down. If you know where to look you can fun some fun rock gardens to play in. This is as others have said a great upper beginner to upper intermediate trail system. Starting at the Beals Point entry off of Auburn Folsom Road the bike trail go north along AF Road to above Cavitt JR High and then follows along the lake to the fun trails after the water tank hill climb.


June 7, 2017
Review: These trails run from smooth and flowing to 15% grade in spots. Not too technical at all. Great beginner/intermediate trails. They are mixed with horse trails in spots. Some downhill trails are beginning to wash or rut, but overall these are great trails for a couple hour ride if you use them all. Park in the Granite Bay Beach lot and you will see trail access at either end of the large parking lot. Dotons Point is another great place to park. Bring a swimming suit and cool off in the lake afterwards.

Granny Gear

April 1, 2017
Rickleon85 Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome place for a beginner and intermediate riders.

Granny Gear

March 31, 2016
Mtgoat13 Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail for beginners. Awesome view of the lake. Trails surround by mostly trees.


February 21, 2015
Hunter411 Gnarly  
Review: In the Sacramento area we are blessed to have such a great place to bike and it be so close. The trails are in need of repair due to run off.


October 20, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: Fun trail system that can be accessed from the end of the American River Bike Trail at Beal Point. The main loop is 5 miles plus five miles to and from Beal Point for a nice ten-miler. To add mileage, just keep doing laps. Trail is good in both directions but seems to flow a little better clockwise. Good beginner/intermediate area.

Similar Trail: Brown's Ravine

Granny Gear

July 9, 2014
shybikes Granny Gear  


May 11, 2014
gregval Gnarly  
Review: Nice SMOOTH wide trails, mostly. Mostly flat, except for the midway north, nearer the lake. Found a nice curvy trail around that hill that was great; seemed to go on a while.
Good for beginners, if you stay off the hill.

Bunny Hop

April 6, 2014
Review: Fun for my first time here. Ill be back to explore it all.


June 9, 2013
Twiddles Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail for rolling single track no technical areas if you don't take Mt. Top trail. Took my wife, very new rider, shes loved it. Not a training or challenging trail (at least the portion we did) still fun and scenic lake views. We only did section from last parking area out to point and back (exactly 5 miles). Coming back from point, take left trail (of three trails) to avoid switchback climb to scenic rest area. **Please clear trail for faster riders, there are quite a few using trail.

Granite Bay Trail MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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