Hole In The Ground

4.68 out of 5
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↑ 9,000 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This ride is both fun and challenging. It has a bit of everything including steep climbing, technical downhill sections, beautiful lakes, nice smooth single-track, and some dirt and paved road riding. The trail is well marked and exceptionally well maintained. It is popular and receives a fair amount of traffic, especially on weekends. The length and vertical gain are in the immediate range of difficulty
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Richard Goddard   on Sep 21, 2019
  Dillon Osleger   on Aug 26, 2019
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Reviews (19)


September 22, 2019
Review: Hero dirt, perfect weather, great trail conditions, no mosquitoes- an incredible day.

Granny Gear

August 29, 2016
Review: Rode the full loop this week, it offers a little of everything, steep climbs, technical sections, flowing smooth trails and an incredible work out.


September 22, 2014
gar29 Singletrack  
Review: Planned to ride on 9/20/2015. Was extremely smokey from the King fire in Pollock Pines. Decided not to ride. Hopefully the air will be better in a week or two!


July 15, 2014
jhart94949 Gnarly  
Review: Great ride! It was worth getting up early and seeing the sunrise from the top. Great flowy section and fun rock gardens. "The stairs" is another story, very technical. Easy to walk though.

Granny Gear

June 4, 2013
Review: great trail, but not recommended during the off-season. snow makes it very difficult, requiring lots of pushing. also, the trail can disappear under snowbanks and is difficult to follow. also upper sections of the trail are not marked - again adding to the difficulty in navigating. the rideable sections were fantastic however, and not too technical, even for a hardtail. (rode on 6/1)

Granny Gear

August 8, 2012
FgiantP Granny Gear  
Review: Steep rocky climbs, great scenery, lung buster. My friend and I did this trail last weekend. We shuttled from the Boreal exit to the Soda Springs exit off of I-80. Expect climbs, technical rock gardens, and one of the best stair sections near the end of the trail. The last mile of the trail made hole in the ground AWESOME. Overall, hole in the ground would be great if you decide not to party hard all weekend and ride Sunday.

Granny Gear

September 3, 2011
buster10 Granny Gear  
Review: This trail was a great ride. Views were incredible. However we spent an hour riding paved road, jeep trail and fire road. Out of the 17 mi advertised loop that was 8 or more. Additionally the trail is in horrible condition, lots of fallen trees and loose rock. It is obvoius that at one time there was alot of trail work that made this an awesome ride but there has been a lot of wash out, etc. Lastly it is not as well marked as advertised either, at least 3 times we found ourselves lost, hiking around looking for the trail. Luckly we backtracked and found other riders who had been there before. We parked in Soda Springs, advertised as the end of the trail. If you do this you need to find ride back across I-80 and make a left @ snow observatory rd, there is a jeep trail back there that will take you to boreal, from there you can cross under I-80 again and follow the road. I will run directly into a fire road that you have to follow up to the trail head.


August 28, 2011
abscam Gramcounter  
Review: Awesome ride....but not for the out of shape low lander. It kicked my arse today. But I'll do it again sometime soon!


May 20, 2011
schmors Gramcounter  
Review: Such a sick ride, my favorite so far in California (where I live). Super fun trail with a bit of everything, but nothing TOO gnarly. Full suspension makes it more fun. A+ ride.

Similar Trail: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride


August 18, 2010
Review: Finally made it out, so glad I did, might do it again next week. Starts with a climb but is over before you know it.Good descent, lots of sweet rock rides and sweet descents. One of the more tech trails in the area I think. Flows real well, someone took care to this trail. This is a definate must for anyone in the area who wants to experience what Tahoe/Truckee has to offer.

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Hole In The Ground MTB Trail 4.68 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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