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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +937/1 ft
Total: 41 riders
 

Mountain Biking Jenkinson Lake Loop

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#246 of 987 mountain bike trails in California
#3070 in the world

An excellent singletrack loop with some slippery surfaces and some narrows. Beginner level.

First added by marsh on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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From US 50 East of Placerville, take the Sly Park Rd. exit and go South 5 miles to the Sly Park Recreation area entrance. Free parking is outside the main gate and trailhead is just inside.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Sly Park, California

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Beginner | 10 mi
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Intermediate | 8 mi

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Q: How many miles
A: It's about 8 miles

Q: will i be able to pull a bike trailer?
A: You could but not ALL of the trail is wide enough. You would have to get off the trail in some spots because of actual singletrack - it could be done, but I would not recommend.

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  • Jason Liske

    Awesome trail, but tree down midway through the loop. Be careful if you ride clockwise and not the preferred counter clockwise direction [speed] August 8...

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  • gregval
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    Great trail east of Sacramento about 30 miles. About 8.5 mile loop. We road it CCW, from the main lot on the east side of the 2nd dam.
    The SE side can be a bit gnarly in spots, with some roots and steep, short climbs. But once around that, the trail is pretty tame.
    Be observant once you start getting to the north side, because the trail goes "paved" once you get into the campground. Watch for the "trail" arrows painted on the pavement; this will direct you on/off the paved road, and back on the trail itself. We made a few wrong moves early on, because we didn't see that on a review from mtbproject.com. (IMBA site)
    Amazingly 630 vertical feet of climbing, but it is in very small spurts, so no big deal.
    Most of the trail is quite smooth, and almost beginner level. Wife enjoyed it once we got past the gnarly area.
    Easy access off Hwy 50.

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  • IANTGOMEZ
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    This is a pretty fun loop with great views of the lake. It can get pretty stop and go though with all of the extra foot traffic from hikers, horses and other bikers. It also has some spots that are pretty technical. The trail across of the main boat launch is the more technical side with a lot of quick up and downs. As you near the main camp grounds the trail gets a lot easier.

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  • Twiddles
    *****

    Very scenic trail. Multi-Use so watch for runners, hikers and horses. Lots of roots all climbs are short. Great beginners loop.

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  • McBike
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    A correction for this ride. If you are going more than a few hundred yards on pavement you missed the trail. There is trail for 90 % of this ride. Just between Hazel Creek (Northern tip of lake) and Chimney areas and through Pine Cone Camping area. Probably only a few hundred yards. If you want a fun little adder, park at the second dam and ride about a mile up Mormon Emigrant Trail until you see the yellow gate (Labeled E73) on the left hand side (There is a trail from the parking lot on that side that parallels MET, if you know what you are doing) Go under the gate and up the road until it meets another road and go right. Follow that road through the plantation a few hundred yards and then you will go back into the forest. A few hundred more yards along and you will see a trail to the left. Take that back down to Jenkinson Lake. It is a bit more technical than the lake trail and meets about half way along the east side of the lake.

    * Review edited 5/25/2012

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  • damianregalado
    *****

    The loop that goes along the lake is good fun but extremely easy. If you proceed from the gate of the park straight ahead and down the road you will notice a horse trail off to the left. It's a b**** of a climb but once you get to the top the downhill pays out like an ATM! You will hit another b**** of a climb afterward but again it's pay day! These downhills have several consecutive rolling jumps so be prepared. The jumps aren't anything major but very fun. If you aren't up for serious climbs and serious downhill you can't go wrong just sticking to the edge of the lake. Have fun!

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  • pvillerider
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    I rode it this morning, awesome trail. Started at second dam and worked clockwise as the previous review recommended, thanks! Even though it is fenced for a restoration project it is only on a small portion of the lake near campsites. You can still ride through. Great intermediate ride. No big hills, mostly rolling terrain. The trail has beautiful views, and is in a nice shady wooded area. Don't miss the waterfall upstream of the big wood bridge.

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  • Tom_K
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    This is my ride and kayak spot of choice ALTHOUGH it was recently fenced SO I am not sure if you can go around it anymore. Anyone know? Great intermediate trail.

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  • noahlane
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    Park near the second dam and head counter-clockwise around the lake. The first couple miles of the loop are sick. You can pump the downhills to make it over most of the short uphills -I easily rode it on my single speed freeride bike. The second half of the ride is pretty weak, you are on pavement for a while. There is one steep climb on the pavement then a long, fun downhill. Just watch out for lifted F-350s barrelling around the turns. Slow riders could make it around the lake in 2 hours. I definitely recommend it for a short, fun, ride for anyone.

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