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Level: Advanced
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +478/ -465 ft
Total: 24 riders

Mountain Biking Red Hills

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#235 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
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There are quite a few loops in this trail system (17 mi total). The trails consist of: flat to mild grades or gnarly (rocky) downhill action. Restrooms at the parking area. In addition to biking, trails are open to hiking and Horse riding. Around 1000' elevation gain (parking area to top of the ridges)

First added by Edewaa Foster on Apr 18, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 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
Parking area 1mile off J59 (east on Chinese Camp Rd). J59 is off of HWY 108 (Oakdale to Sonora) or HWY 132 (Cut across Bonds Flat RD) from Modesto/Merced area. You can see the area maps (Red Hills Ca, via internet).
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  • Bubba.hustead

    The trails themselves aren't that technical, there's just rocks everywhere! Spent 3 hours finding and riding trails. Will come back again for sure!

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  • Skewedchisel

    Very technical, loose rocks, creek crossings, lots of fun.

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  • Jamey Gouin

    A lot of trail. Not well marked. Lots of hikers and horses so the trails are a little rough. The Waterfall Downhill segment is pretty technical and the best part of the trail system.

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  • 2ndwindKen

    I continue to rid Red Hills and seem to enjoy it everytime!! Bring lots of water, it can get real warm! Parking is no problem and there are trails on either side of the main road. I have found that the trails across the road away from the bathrooms/parking tend to be a little more bike friendly. But keep in mind, lots of rocks and tons of leg scratching brush, but I keep going back cuz it presents a new challenge everytime. Bring extra tubes and pumps cuz its almost a guarantee you will get a flat! Get out and ride!!

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  • sammmmmmmmmy

    Amazing trail, 90% of the trails are very technical rock gardens. Being only 14 and not have been riding in a while, it can be pretty imtemedating. The dirt is purely red dirt and gets on everything. The trail is positioned in a way where you have to hike out almost so I wouldn't go to far in to the trail. Bring tubes and a good pump because me and my dad both got flats and our pump didn't work so we drove to oakdale to get air. All and all it's fun trail the really challenges your riding skills.

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  • Dave Wilson

    Parking lot is easy to find I started on the marked trail which followed the road for a short time then headed south. a lot of single track most not marked very rocky in places loose and the sharp sticking up out of the ground trials type as well, with rolling hills, scenery was OK a few trees and a lot of paint scratching type brush but it`s a great place to practice your riding skills, used all 6 inches of my suspension. I saw a lot of horse trailers in the parking lot but did not run into any on the trail, I took the shorter loop I`ll be going back to sharpen my skills again soon a good winter spot to ride.

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  • ***

    Very rocky lots of wrk but fun worth it

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  • mister

    We went July 7 and the temp was a little over 100 degrees which made it almost unbearable. We rode the trails on the parking lot side and there is a lot of dry brush that will scratch the heck out of your arms and legs if you don't have protection. Also there is hardly any shade so the sun is beating on you the whole time. I'd recommend going anytime other than summer. But the trail itself was awesome! There is some gnarly, rocky descents that will really test your riding ability. It will definitely give you a rush if you hit it fast enough but do not try if you're a beginner. I'd say bring a full suspension bike but one of the guys in our group rode a hardtail and got 3 flats, so bring extra tubes and tools, also. I didn't have armor except for cloth shin pads one of the guys was nice enough to let me use but if you're thinking about getting it, then get it before this ride. One fall on those descents will hurt you. Overall a fun ride except for the heat. Expect to do some hike-a-bike. I will definitely come back.* Review edited 7/8/2012* Review edited 7/8/2012* Review edited 7/8/2012* Review edited 7/8/2012

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  • 2ndwindKen

    A good ride overall, however very rocky most of the way, could discourage a beginner. Really enjoyed the scenery, views were great. Lots of brush. Due to time, didn't hit all the trails but saw many in the distance. Bring lots of water! Tough climbs due to the rocky terrain and down hill was lots of fun, challenging!

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  • ccb200

    Red Hills was an epic ride. Lots and lots of rocks, good amount of different trails. Fun rocky descents, steep uphills (be ready to do some hiking). There is a map at the parking lot so you can pick your trails. Bring water and a buddy. Overall, the trails a rocky but lots of fun.

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