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    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> This article will describe the top ten mountain biking trails in all of California. If you are looking for a trail to ride, this is the right article for you.</span>

    1. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Downieville Downhill- this trail takes you through the scenic forests of Downieville. The trail is mostly downhill, losing 5500 feet in elevation and only gaining 1100 feet. The view is amazing as well, the trail taking you through beautiful waterfalls and creeks. I love this trail, and I would consider it one of the best in the entire Western United States. Please note that this trail is not for beginners. Difficulty: advanced Length: 16 miles Trail Type: singletrack</span>
    2. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Northstar Bike Park- this bike park in Truckee, North Lake Tahoe is one of the finest in all of California. The park contains 33 trails, ranging from beginner to expert difficulty, as well as a skills development area and jump park. For a list of the trails, please refer to below.</span>

    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Beginner Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Easy Rider</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Reservoir Road</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Tryumph</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>6%</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Snake</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Fibreboard Freeway</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>To Carnelian Bay (not downhill)</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Intermediate Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Kickback</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Mineshaft</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Woods</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Upper Woods</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Deerpath</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sawmill</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Whitefir</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Knicknack</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Paddywack</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Frolick</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Coaster</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Booster</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>HMT</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Big Trees</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Tahoe Rim Trail (not downhill)</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Advanced Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Liftline</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Woods Technical</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Manure Pile</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Livewire</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Gypsy</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Little Trees</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Flameout</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Haugs</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sinuous</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Over-Under</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Playground</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Pho Dogg</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Speed Control</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Expert Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Boondocks</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sticks and Stones</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Dog Bone</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Karpiel</span></p>
    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Difficulty: beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert Trail Type: fire road, singletrack</span>

    1. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Forest of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest- this scenic trail takes you through forests in Santa Cruz, California. 4900 feet in elevation are lost, whereas only 3200 feet are gained. Besides the elevation changes, there are obstacles to test your technical skill on. This trail is one of my favorites, one of the best in California. Difficulty: advanced Length: 20 miles Trail Type: fire road</span>
    2. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride really is a “wild ride,” as the title says. Taking you through meadows and forests, if you love the outdoors, you are sure to love this trail. 3300 feet in elevation are gained. However, the uphill section really pays off: once you reach the top, it’s all downhill from there. Difficulty: advanced Length: 20 miles Trail Type: singletrack</span>
    3. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Kirkwood Bike Park- this bike park is second-best to Northstar. Everything is the same, more or less, except that there are less trails (only 22 instead of 33), and some of the trails do not use lifts. For the list of trails, please refer to below.</span>

    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Lift-accessed Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Beginner Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Snowkirk</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Girl Scouts</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Intermediate Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Caples Crest</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Whiskey Shots</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Iron Horse </span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Red Cliffs</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Scout’s Route</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Lower Corral</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Advanced Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Vista</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Upper Corral</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Red Cliffs</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Whiskey</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Whiskey Alt</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Non-Lift-Accessed Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Beginner Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>West Meadow</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>East Meadow</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Intermediate Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Danburg Trail</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Robey Wolfe</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Funny Bunny</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Cut Back</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Hole ‘N Wall</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Solitude</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><b>Advanced Trails</b></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Solitude</span></p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Sentinel Trail</span></p>
    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Difficulty: beginner, intermediate, advanced Trail Type: fire road, singletrack</span>

    1. <span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Tahoe Rim Trail- the Tahoe Rim Trail runs through six countries and two states. Spanning 165 miles in total, there is plenty to ride on this intermediate trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail is divided into sections such as Watson Lake to Tahoe City, Brockway to Watson Lake, and Kingsbury South to Armstrong Pass. If you are more of a beginning to intermediate mountain biker, this trail is for you. Difficulty: intermediate Length: 165 miles Trail Type: singletrack</span>
    2. Culvert Trail- the Culvert Trail is a mountain biking trail in beautiful Auburn, California. There is not much to say about the trail since it is only two miles, but it is a more difficult trail, being mostly downhill. Difficulty: advanced Length: 2 miles Trail Type: singletrack
    3. Salmon Falls- the Salmon Falls mountain bike trail is located near Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Right next to the American River, the views are amazing and the ride tough, especially since there are 3600 feet in climbing. I love this trail, and if you ride it, you are sure to love it too. How to access trail: drive Highway 50 until El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Exit the freeway and continue for 8 miles until the road turns to Salmon Falls Road. Two miles down the road, you will see the trailhead on the left side of the road. If you ride the full trail, after you exit the trail, you will see another trail entitled the Darrington Trail. This is another great trail and you can ride it if you like.
    4. <li style=”text-align: center;”>Squaw Valley Bike Park- To access the bike park in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe:┬áRide the access road up to high camp. This is very difficult as there is 2000 feet of elevation climb in the 3.5 miles. Note: please bear in mind that you cannot ride up the access road Monday-Thursday until 5 pm. Once you reach the top of the access road, you have a wide variety of trails to choose from. For a list of the trails, please refer to below.

    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Beginner Trails</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>High Camp XC Loop</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Ridge Road</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Intermediate Trails</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Gold Coast XC Loop</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Emigrant</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Siberia Ridge Road</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Advanced Trails</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Thunder Mountain</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Solitude Trail</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Siberia Bowl</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Nico’s World Cup</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Connector</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>G.O.A.T. Trail</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Western States</p>
    Difficulty: beginner, intermediate, advanced, though mostly advanced Trail Type: fire road, singletrack

    10. El Dorado Trail- this trail winds through the train tracks connecting Placerville to Folsom. The trail begins near Main Street in Placerville and ends up on Placerville Road in Folsom. The views are great (you have views of a creek along the way) and the trail is easy.

    Difficulty: beginner Length: at least 32.2 miles Trail Type: singletrack

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