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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,047/ -1,038 ft
Total: 53 riders

Mountain Biking Sly Park

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#54 of 1,004 mountain bike trails in California
#1,032 in the world

From the trail head, the trail starts on single track through the woods, and frequently borders the lake. This single track session lasts for about 5 miles, and criss-crosses a horse trail. The horse trails are not open to bikes, and are clearly marked, so there should be no problem there.

After about four miles, right after a bridge spanning Park Creek, you will come to a cross roads. If you go right, you will come to a nice waterfall, and pool. This is a good place to take a cool dip on hot days, the pool is MUCH cooler than the lake! If you go straight at the cross roads, you will find a half mile fire road climb, rewarded by a fast fire road downhill with a couple of fun jumps. If a left is taken at the cross roads, you will take a rolling single track trail, which meets up with the fire road after about a mile.

Once trails meet up, you enter into the main park area, at the Hazel Creek campground. At this point, the trail goes in and out of the various campgrounds, and is in part single track, double track, and occasionally on the paved road. Keep an eye open for trail signs, as you go in and out of these sections. They are all marked, but it is easy to miss a turn, and have to retrace your route a little bit.

I usually camp here several times a year, and stay at the Hazel Creek campground. This allows me to start at the single track, and ride the trail backwards, and make it an out-and-back, with single track the whole way, instead of a loop.

First added by gar29 on Aug 24, 2005. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
To get to this trail, take Hwy 50 East, from Sacramento, about 60 miles. At the second Pollack Pines exit, take a right, and follow the road until you reach the Sly Park entrance. At this point, if you have non-bikers with you, or are camping at the park, enter, and find a place to park, or your campsite. If you are just hear to bike, and don't want to pay the entrance fee, continue past the park entrance, and take a left onto the Morman Emmigrant Trail. Follow this road about a mile until you come to a hard right hand turn by the lake. There is free parking to your right, and along the lake. From this point, park your car, and ride along the lake frontage until you see the trail head immediately on your left.
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