5 Amazing NorCal Places to Ride on International Ride MTB Day
It’s International Ride MTB Day!
Since 2018, International Ride MTB Day has taken place on July 20, with the goal to get more people out and enjoying themselves on trails. Want to celebrate this hallowed holiday?
Get Out and Ride for International MTB Day
This one’s a no-brainer! The best way to participate is to get out and ride. Whether it’s a solo mission or getting together with a group of friends, all that matters is that you hit a trail.
Be sure to tag your trail pics with #ridemtbday
Here in Northern California, we’re extremely blessed to have some of the best mountain biking trails and parks right at our fingertips. In case you needed some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite places to #rideMTBday!
Downieville has earned its status as a “Mountain Biking Mecca.” This tiny town is home to the Downieville Classic, one of the biggest downhill races in the country.
Sure, you can hit up the Downieville Downhill, the town’s premier trail featuring 4,000 vertical feet of single-track with steep downhills, river crossings, and varied terrain. But you can also hit up the SBTS Mountain Epic Route — also known as the Second Divide Trail — that’s much more difficult, with trickier rocky sections, tighter curves, and cliff-edge sections not for the faint of heart. Or try Chimney Rock Trail, 28-miles of trail with 5,000 feet of elevation gain and great views.
Downieville is located in the Northern Sierras, Northeast of Sacramento and North of Auburn. Take I-80 to Auburn then North on Hwy 49 for 70 beautiful scenic miles along the Yuba River.
The Lake Tahoe area offers a total of 836 total MTB trails winding through the Sierra Nevadas. With a wide variety of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails, you’re sure to find one to fit your skill level. And the views just can’t be beat.
The Flume Trail is a frequently-photographed Tahoe classic with breathtaking views over Lake Tahoe’s Eastern Shore. Named for the wooden flume which transported water and logs to Virginia City, Nevada, the 22-mile Flume Trail has been labeled one of Western America’s Top 10 routes. The trail begins at Spooner Lake, ascends five miles to Marlette Lake, where the actual Flume Trail begins. A 4-1/2 mile long narrow single-track departs from the west end of the lake, following the ridge to the north nearly 2,000 feet above Lake Tahoe.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride/Saxon Creek is another Tahoe classic. This 10-mile trail gives advanced riders a satisfyingly long, plunging descent through a towering forest with rocky, challenging terrain on the upper sections giving way to smooth, fast, banked turns on the lower sections. Named for its exciting descent on the Saxon Creek Trail, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride plunges downhill at a drop of nearly 1,500 feet in less than six miles.
NorthStar Mountain Bike Park
Northstar Resort, just down the road from Truckee, is home to Northern California’s largest mountain bike park. This four-time top 5 winner in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Awards offers lift-served cross-country and downhill mountain biking trails. The Northstar Mountain Bike Park is fun for riders of all abilities.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
In the summer months, this ski resort is all about some of the most radical mountain biking terrain in the country. Filled with jumps, bumps, and drops to feast on, the area contains over 80-miles of singletrack to explore. How good is it? Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is considered by many to be the biggest, baddest, and best bike park in the U.S.
Stay Local; Ride the Auburn Bike Park
No time to take off to the Sierra but still want to celebrate MTB Day? Then head up I-80 to the Auburn Bike Park, just over 16-miles NE from our Downtown Roseville showroom. The Auburn Bike Park has quickly become a local favorite. The 9-acre bike park overlooks the scenic American River Canyon and offers fun for riders of all ages and abilities.
Be sure to tag us in your #rideMTBday pictures so we can see which amazing Northern California trail you decided to visit on July 20!