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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,321/2 ft
Total: 73 riders

Mountain Biking Pioneer Trail

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#26 of 997 mountain bike trails in California
#478 in the world

Trail starts between market and the hwy. Small signs on the trees show the way. Cross the road at about seven miles and leave it behind now it gets even better. A roller coaster that has everything, rocks, roots, root drops, baby heads, hard pack, soft dirt, humose, short climbs, G-outs, walls, berms, jumps. We have only been 16 miles out passed where it crosses the road again. We have been told trail goes to Nevada. The back is faster but the rollers have a different feel ( like a different trail ). Bring the Single speed!

First added by Juan_Gear on Jun 11, 2005. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Above Nevada City at the hwy 49 hwy 20 split head east on hwy 20 about 5 miles and park small market on the left side of road.
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  • lhogue
    Reviewing Hoot Trail:

    Aptly named trail for sure. Great little flow trail that is well maintained and easy to read and ride. A few little jumps thrown in the mix, which make it a blast. Ride in late June and not crowded at all. Easy area to loop and repeat, or can be tied with other trails in the Network to add up some miles. Starting across to way on Scott's Flat and doing a CCR thru the loop got me nearly 20 miles. Scott's was a great start and Hoot was an excellent way to wrap it up.

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  • vrindavan forest

    Love this trail starting at white cloud is all down hill to nevada city , starting at overloook much more technical

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  • Eric Foltz

    This is a really good XC trail that can be lengthed or shortened depending on how you feel. The trail goes all the way from the store up to the Grouse Ridge area so you can do some really long rides if you want. Not too technical. Just a lot of fun.

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  • cgreen5150

    This trail has a little bit of everything. For the most part the climbs are pretty easy but there are a few that require some grunt and some skills. The dirt for most of the trail is very thick but not enough to slow you down too much. Great scenery and some good rolling sections as well. I've only taken it about 15 miles out. Not sure about the last 17 and what that's like, but 30 miles for the day was enough for me! Ride it....you'll like it.

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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Good trail to "take a break" from other tougher trails. Long gradual climb if you leave from Harmony Ridge convenience store. Note, the portapotty use requires a purchase from the store.
    We rode up to the campground, and had a nice lunch overlooking the valley to the SW.
    Fun downhill; the local bikers have added some nice features for your enjoyment.

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  • FgiantP

    If you park at the White Cloud Tahoe National Forest entrance off of 20 and start there it is a sweet downhill fast singletrack towards Nevada City. I ride with a beginner and he is able to enjoy this trail just as much as I do. You ride roughly 7 miles to the 5 mile house off of 20. Once you reach the 5 mile house you will cross the road and ride for a couple miles until the trail ends. When the trail ends you must cross the road again. This section is more difficult and requires a certain level of confidence in riding capabilities compared to the first 2 sections of the trail. This section of the trail will end at the ranger station near 49. Overall this is a really fun ride. We shuttle, parking at White Cloud and the ranger station. Road the trail yesterday and it is in good condition. Have fun!

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  • Doug_Houston

    Not the most technical trail, nor the best for a cardio workout. However, there is great scerenry along the way once you take trails off hwy 20.

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  • Juan_Gear

    Thik I found a way to get to Bear Valley about 18 miles out and some new single track dropping into the valley

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