2020-2021_Nevada County Gold

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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

RECREATION

8. EMIGRANT TRAIL

7. HOOT TRAIL

6. PIONEER TRAIL

9. HOLE IN THE GROUND

4. LEGACY TRAIL

3. OLD DONNER PASS

2. INDIAN SPRINGS

MCCOURTNEY LOOP

1. LEMOND LOOP

5. EMPIRE MINE TRAILS

A Passion For Pedaling

Long known as a cycling destination, Nevada County is a popular choice for

excellent mountain biking as well as road biking for all skill levels. With an

abundance of moderate to technically challenging options, casual bikers

and enthusiasts alike will find a route to suit.

Road/Paved Rides

Sierra Express Bicycle Club provides a list

of rides including directions and maps,

and a calendar of recreational rides

including a section on Lite rides, from 12

to 20 miles. sierraexpress.org

1. LEMOND LOOP

14.2-MILES. EASY TO MODERATE, ONE SHORT STEEP HILL.

Favorite training ride for Greg LeMond with

rolling hills with pastoral views. Start at Tour of

Nevada City Bicycle Shop, 457 Sacramento St.,

Nevada City.

2. INDIAN SPRINGS-MCCOURTNEY LOOP

46-MILES. MODERATE TO DIFFICULT, SOME HILLS.

Mostly rural, vineyards, farmland, horse

ranches. Start at Pleasant Valley Rd. & Hwy 20

Park & Ride.

3. OLD DONNER PASS ROAD

44-MILES. MODERATE TO DIFFICULT

One long climb and descent. Mountains, Yuba

River, Donner Lake, historic Truckee. Start at

Cisco Grove Exit, across I-80 to Hampshire

Rocks Rd.

4. TRUCKEE LEGACY TRAIL

9.1-MILES. EASY CLASS I BIKE PATH.

Paved path winding along the Truckee River.

Mountain Biking

Check out Bicyclists of Nevada County for

complete list of local mountain biking

trails. bonc.org

5. EMPIRE MINE TRAILS

VARIETY OF OPTIONS.

A variety of trails wind around the historic

mine. Good forested area for families and less

experienced hill climbers.

6. PIONEER TRAIL

24.4-MILE TOTAL, BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Many options available. 500+ feet estimated

climb. Trail parking at Harmony Ridge Market,

White Cloud, Equestrian Overlook, Skillman,

and the Alpha Omega Vista. Can be snowbound

in winter.

7. HOOT TRAIL

1.4-MILE MULTI-USE TRAIL FOR ALL ABILITY LEVELS

438 feet of curves and banked turns. Trailhead

is 5 miles east of Nevada City off Highway 20.

Connects with other trail networks including

the 3-mile downhill Scott’s Flat Trail and the

Pioneer Trail for longer rides. .

8. COMMEMORATIVE EMIGRANT TRAIL

15-MILE ROUND TRIP SINGLE TRACK TRAIL.

One of Truckee’s most popular mountain biking

trails for all ability levels. Rolling hills with

small changes in elevation. Begin at the

Donner Party Camp Picnic Area.

9. HOLE IN THE GROUND LOOP

APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES.

Strong intermediate to difficult with total estimated

climb of 2,500 feet.

The following event information may be

out of date due to (COVID-19). Check

websites or call for verification.

Area Cycling Events

2020 CALIFORNIA DIRT MTB SERIES

Dates TBD. Grass Valley/Nevada City. Check

website for race dates and for potential new

late summer/fall dates.

bonc.org

BIKE TOUR OF ROYAL GORGE RIM TRAIL

TBD

truckeedonnerlandtrust.org

AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE RIDE

September 13, 2020. bikethewest.com

TOUR DE TAHOE

September 13, 2020. bikethewest.com

GOLD COUNTRY CYCLING CHALLENGE

June 12, 2021

RotaryGoldCountryChallenge.com

TOUR DE MANURE

June 19, 2021. Sierraville. tourdemanure.org

AGONY RIDE

July, 2021. agonyride.org

MAP PHOTOS : (6) BEN FISH, (5) TRAVIS WARD (8) SJR

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