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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,555/ -2,281 ft
Total: 32 riders

Mountain Biking Top Of The World

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#112 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
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The Western Interface Recreation Trails known locally as Top of the World are located just west of Highway 4, between Avery and Arnold, California. The area is managed by the Calaveras Ranger District of the US Forest Service. *There exists a Northern area of this trail system, north of White Pines Lake, which allows motorized access throughout. This area is separate from this listing;details are not included.

Overall Description: This trail system is for me what MTB is all about. It's got a little something for everyone through some absolutely gorgeous terrain. Want a smooth jaunt with the family? Check. Want some heavy climbing? Check. Want smooth flowing singletrack? It's there. Want some black diamond technical stuff? Yup. Want a ~3 mile downhill run? Got that too. (several, though not necessarily all in one piece.) Want some scenery that'll make you go 'ooh?' It's there everywhere... Elevations range from ~3350' to almost 4400.'

Suggested Route: Depends on what you want, but for starters, stop at the ranger station linked above and grab a paper map. Document# 'MAP ROD-1' titled 'Interface Decision Map - Interface Recreation Trails Project Area Map.' Start at the southern end, off Avery Sheep Ranch Road, approx 1.5 miles west of hwy4. The ranger overseeing the new trail construction has hilit a 'blue route' on the map, with matching blue arrows on the trail signs at every intersection. This route will carry you through the entire length of the network, grabbing a ton of great singletrack and most of the peaks including Cougar Rock and Top of the World. At the time of this writing, a new track is in the planning/early construction stages which will connect Top of the World with Manuel Peak and the Waterfall Overlook. The route was designed to not exceed intermediate skill, however numerous diamond runs are available either directly connected, or near to the blue route. In general, the trails & roads on the east side of the network are flatter and avoid heavy climbs, while the further west you proceed, the more abrubt the climbs. This can be handy on the return trip if you find yourself out of energy, as you can return via the fire roads on the east side without any significant climbing (if you started at the south end.)

First added by Juan_Gear on Jun 25, 2005. Last updated May 11, 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

Top of the World aka Avery/Arnold Interface is located just west of Hwy 4 between Avery and Arnold California, about 70 (road) miles east of Stockton.

Access Options:
  • Avery: From Hwy 4 in Avery, turn West on Avery Sheep Ranch Road. Proceed West approx 1.5 miles to an unmarked (except for park info signs slighly off the road) dirt road on the right. (County Rd 323) Several parking areas are available at varying distances up this road on the left side.
  • Lake Mont Pines (Arnold): From Hwy 4, turn West on Lake Mont Drive. Turn left (SW) on Valley View Drive. Turn right (E) on Pine Lake Drive. Trailhead is at the end of the road at the residential circle. Alternatively, stay on LakeMont Drive. Follow to the northernmost end. Gated trailhead spurs north of LakeMont drive, just as it bends to return South.
  • Meadowmont (Arnold): From Hwy 4, turn West on Country Club Dr. Rt on Black Oak. Rt on Venado. Lt on Chapparal. Rt on Placer. Lt on Fairway Drive. Trailhead is west of intersection of Fairway and Nugget Ct.
  • White Pines (Arnold): From Hwy 4, turn NE on Blagen Rd. Trailhead and parking are near the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum at 1605 Blagen Rd, near the southern end of White Pines Lake.
Ranger Station: USDA Forest Service:
Calaveras Ranger District
5519 Highway 4, P.O. Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233

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