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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +713/318 ft
Total: 105 riders
 

Mountain Biking Joaquin Miller

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#888 of 1124 mountain bike trails in California
#1869 in the world

this trail is great if you can do shuttle runs. real tight twisty singletrack with a few small jumps. lots of tree roots to manage, a few rock gardens, some off camber sections and then there is a pretty good sized hip to hit in the middle. there is only one real small climb in the middle (takes about a minute if u hammer up it) then you get to an open space where there is a big open lookout area with a view of the whole S.F. bay. going down from this spot is real fun, switchback section with pretty big berms that u can really rail through.

check your speed as there is some blind corners and this is a shared trail with hikers. the hiker hippies here get fiesty sometimes

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
go up skyline blvd towards chabot space and science center. you will see signs for the science center, and next to the entrance for that will be a parking lot for hikers, etc. park there and the trailhead is across the street next to the big sign that says "sequioa arena" the good trail starts off the the right, there is a log halfway blocking the entrance that has been built up into a jump.

there is a round table pizza next to hwy13 u can park at the bottom for doing shuttle runs.
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  • Logan Falley
    *****

    Super fun and pretty easy. A few solid ascents to get the blood flowing, but then it was all worth it for Cinderella!

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  • SiBike05
    *****

    Great trail fun down hill and not that much up hill depending on what you do. The cinderella trail is quite fun to fly down. The cinderella trail does have parts where its just jagged rocks so watch out for those. Have fun be safe and just send it.

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  • Adam Van Winkle
    ****

    My experience her is limited to just three self guided solo rides on different trips. The place is small, so making loops is the way to go.
    On the weekend its packed, but when you get there you will see why; it is stunningly beautiful. The Big Trees trail is so fast and flowy, compared to anything else in the East Bay area, it's the best. SHADE a major factor that much of the east bay is missing. Great dirt too! I have heard that the hikers can be rude but I myself haven't had that experience here as of this review.
    I DID however have my car window smashed on my last trip there. I parked along the road near the top of Big Trees and someone smashed both my passenger side window and the back window of the car next mine. * neither of us had anything stolen though so there is that... I have to say though that the ride was so much fun that I would go back as soon as my window was replaced if I had the time... It really is that good compared to the steep cattle damaged fire roads the rest of the east bay has to offer, its gold. GO ON A WEEKDAY IF YOU CAN!

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  • bikerboy15
    *****

    Great trails fun and semi flowy descents, gnarly rock garden, and a few features you can grab some air on. Great trails!

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  • jgellekanao
    ****

    Best trail by far in the east bay. Will definitely ride this trail again anytime...

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  • MtBen
    ****

    My favorite trail here is Palos Colorados. Most folks miss it because they zoom right past. It's behind/left of the main map and sign at the Sequoia Bayview Trail Trailhead entrance. I hope it's bike legal but it's easily the most challenging in the park, though short.

    The whole park is a combination of segments. The swirl of trails that runs the length of Skyline is quite fun. Remember to go down the stairs near the burned down boyscout cabin.

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  • CMulli23
    ****

    Cinderella and chaparral are the two best trails here. Chaparral has a fun rock garden with tons of railroad tie drops. Trails are short and over quick so you need to do many loops to get a full ride in.

    Go in the late afternoon or mid morning to avoid hikers and dogs. Avoid on the weekends if possible.

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  • talonbiker99
    ****

    Cool downhill. Steep, twisting, winding, ups and downs. It is awesome among the redwoods, with sharp corners. It keeps you focused and ready to twist the wheel.

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  • jhart94949
    ****

    Great mix of technical downhill with easy climbs, not long runs but a great place to o and get some runs in when looking for a quick fun workout.

    This is a shared trail system and there are lot of other bikers as well as hikers, pinning it while going down these trails may be fun but I don't recommend it.

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  • NorCalStinky

    go at a nonbusy time cuz lots of people hike here... chaparral is cool but too short.. cinderella is my favorite trail in california, has all u need and is fast. kinda short so do it a couple times

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  • Greg Heil
    ***

    A couple of good legal singletrack trails, which is rare for the East Bay, but this tight network is poorly signed, confusing, and the trails just aren't really that good. There are a couple of nice technical descents which can be shuttled, but even those aren't very long.

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  • huskywalnut
    ****

    i rode this trail today it was not bad i flew down cinderella an my hard tail with ease, it is a fun place though because there is a lot to explore and great views.

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  • davo1b
    ***

    I'm not sure why anyone would rate this the
    7th best trail in CA. I though it was average to
    below average in all areas (single track quality,
    technical sections, etc.)* Review edited 8/16/2010

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  • dbellinger
    ****

    The other reviews are right on. The trail mix is excellent. Winding flat and wide trails to steep and technical descents and single track. You can do quite a few different loops here. Be careful of hikers on the trails.

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  • Suvacrew
    ****

    No DOUBT it is in Oakland all the way and should be edited to reflect that.
    There is the fun DH in Cinderella, and Chaparral with some of the demons flying so fast they are barely touching the ground, plenty of nice redwood canopy and some technical single track.
    $2 hill is where we collect money for beers. I clear it 20% of the time..so the beer pool rolls over until we get success.
    JM is pretty small but has views not attainable at any urban park in America. Sequoia-Bay View trail has some of the finest views of SF and the Bay without being in a high rise building.
    The park will be cooler than the surrounding areas due to the redwood and the fog/marine layer that will sock it in during the year.
    Connect a loop with Redwood Park or even into Chabot and you'll get 30 miles and insane altitude gains.
    If you're here in the Bay Area, JM is a must.
    Hikers can be plentiful and clueless. Provide ample warning and you'll be OK. Don't bomb into a blind corner as you'll head into a pod of trail runners 4 abreast.

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  • br8kmywindo
    ****

    Joaquin Miller Park is in OAKLAND, CA. Palos Colarado, Chaparral and Cinderella have some good downhill to practice on and bigtrees, 2$ hill, and backside of Palos Colorado have some good singletrack.* Review edited 9/7/2009

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