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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +1,008/ -948 ft
Total: 26 riders

Mountain Biking Manly Gulch

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#158 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#2,206 in the world

This is NOT a beginner trail.  Too much exposure for them.  It is at least intermediate.  

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 12, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: no
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: no
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
"Go to a shop called "CATCH A CANOE & BICYCLES TOO!" they will send you in the right direction.The riding is great, a thousand miles of roads and trails. Lots of single track all leagl!Ride for years and never see any one. Have a good time!";"Narrow at times .Sweeping turns.Steep at times.Big dropoffs.Three trails on one ridge.All singletrack.Redwoods and Oaks. Perfect surface.
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  • Agrostar

    Manly Gulch is a very nice single track that winds through a dense forest. The trail gets pretty thin in some places with steep edges but is a great ride nonetheless.
    As another reviewer indicated, you can purchase a trail map of the area at Catch a Canoe ($8) on the way into Mendocino (heading North). The map is invaluable (especially since satellite reception is limited) and contains detailed trail mappings of the entire area (which is the real prize). The owner/creator is considering the addition of 3D effects on the back side so that you'll be able to see the contours - which would be very helpful.
    We started in the Mendocino Woodlands campground and headed up Boiler (the park ranger was helpful getting us to that location) then stayed on 720 for a bit (since Boiler was quite a climb), then did Gas Cap and Confusion Hill (these were quite fun and we'll consider repeating them next time by heading back on 720 to the start points) on our way up to Forest History Trailhead (via 408) where we caught Manly Gulch.
    Once down Manly Gluch we completed the roughly 12 mile loop (and est. 2500' elevation) taking Staircase to Eagle's Roost, to Old Jeep Trail (another good climb) to Ridge, then down Big Tree trail back to the parking area.
    We'll definitely be returning to Mendocino (with the map)!

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  • mthielvoldt

    The Manly Gulch trail is a delightful singletrack that descends to a ravine along the side of a steep, forested grade. Tight turns, a handful of switchbacks, several places where trees and the roots add extra excitement. Altogether a beautiful ride on a well-crafted, well-maintained trail. Unfortunately, the ride back up forest history trail is currently closed because the area is being logged. I rode back up the fire road, a loop that took about 2 hours, but my endurance is not currently strong.

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