Mountain Bike Trails in Calaveras County Area – High Sierra Edition

After a long dark winter, it’s time to hit the trail! Did you know that Calaveras County is home to hundreds of miles of epic mountain bike trails?  Start your mountain bike season out right by finding somewhere new to ride with our guide to Mountain Bike Trails in Calaveras County area High Sierra below.

To demonstrate just how accessible each of these locations are, we’re including drive times from the Visitor Information Center (aka our office, the Calaveras Visitors Bureau) in Angels Camp, CA.

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Courtesy of Instagrammer @tahiraalzec

Fun fact: Did you know that each town in Calaveras County is always less than 30 minutes away from epic mountain biking terrain. Read on for the ultimate guide to mountain bike life in Calaveras County areas High Sierra in the Ebbetts Pass corridor.

High Sierra Mountain Biking near Arnold, CA

Mountain Bike the Arnold Rim Trail 

Seasons: Spring – Fall
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: < 1/2 hr
Difficulty: (depending on section) Moderate to Challenging
Mountain Bike Trail Miles Available: 17 miles of (shared use) Arnold, CA mountain bike trail available as of 2019. (More miles coming soon.)

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - Arnold Rim Trail

Arnold Rim Trail map


Explore the Arnold Rim Trail with MTB’ING Adventures. Skip to 5:47 for some epic canyon views.

Mountain Bike Routes at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Seasons: Spring – Fall, (Note: hiking available year round)
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: < 1/2 hr
Difficulty: (depending on section) Moderate to Challenging
Trail Miles Available: Dozens of miles available for (shared use) Arnold, CA mountain biking on tarmac and fire roads.

Mountain bikes are welcome on fire roads and paved tarmac in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. | Calaveras Visitors Bureau

Mountain Bike Trails at the Sourgrass Recreation Area

Seasons: Spring – Fall
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: 36 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Trail Miles Available: Dozens of miles of (shared use) Arnold, CA area mountain bike trail, tarmac, and fire roads.

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - Stanislaus National Forest
Find more detailed Stanislaus National Forest maps available for purchase or free for download here. 

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Sourgrass Recreation Area I Courtesy of Instagrammer @station.two

High Sierra Mountain Biking near Bear Valley, CA

Mountain Bike Trails in the Bear Valley Area

Seasons: June – October (depending on Spring snowmelt and late Autumn snowfall)
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: <1hr
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Trail Miles Available: 32 miles of (shared use) Bear Valley area mountain bike trails.

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - Stanislaus National Forest
Find more detailed Stanislaus National Forest maps available for purchase or free for download here. 

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Bear Valley Area Trail I Courtesy of  Mountain Bike Project Review rider Phil Jachowski

Did you know? In the summertime, you can enjoy mountain bike rentals, mountain bike lessons, and mountain bike tours at Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company?

Featuring mountain bike rentals, as well as mountain bike lessons and mountain bike guided tours, Bear Valley Adventure Company is one epic resource for mountain bike riders in the Bear Valley area. Looking for a paper map with a complete description of rides and activities in the area? Learn more by selecting “bicycle” on the Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company summer page here.

Swing by the Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company to purchase a Bear Valley Adventure Map before your next adventure.

Mountain Bike Trails in the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway – East of Bear Valley, CA

The Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass corridor runs from Murphys, CA to Markleeville, CA. This region includes mountain bike trails  near Arnold, CA (detailed above); Calaveras Big Trees State Park (detailed above); Dorrington, CA(detailed above); the Bear Valley, CA area (detailed above) and more (detailed below).
Seasons: June – October
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: Varies by trail
Difficulty: Varies by trail
Trail Miles Available: Hundreds of miles of (shared use) Stanislaus National Forest mountain bike trails and fire roads available.

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - Stanislaus National Forest
Find more detailed Stanislaus National Forest maps available for purchase or free for download here. 

 

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Stanislaus National Forest I Courtesy of Instagrammer @marinainthewoods_

Need supplies, gear, or refreshments in the Ebbetts Pass corridor? You can find mountain bike gear and mountain bike rentals at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods and Sierra Nevada Adventure Company. You can also find refreshments in Arnold area’s restaurants, and saloons here.

BONUS: Sierra Foothills Mountain Biking near Calaveras County

Enjoy this sneak peak at our upcoming Sierra Foothills Mountain Biking near Calaveras County blog coming in July 2019

Sierra Foothills Mountain Biking near Angels Camp

New Melones Lake

Seasons: Year Round
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: 5 minutes
Difficulty: See Map for details.
Mountain Bike Trail Miles Available: 30 miles of (shared use) Angels Camp mountain bike trails.

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - New Melones Lake
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Map New Melones Lake Trails

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Mountain Biking through wildflowers at New Melones Angels Creek Trail I Courtesy of Instagrammer @geopedler

At 12,500 acres, dog friendly New Melones is one of the largest reservoirs in California! Now that’s BIG! Accessible year round, Spring time in New Melones means wildflowers and poppies galore. With 19 multi-use trails to choose from, expand the map below to see trail length and skill level. Learn more about all of the activities available at New Melones Lake here.

Want to know where to refuel? Grab BBQ and more at New Melones Glory Hole Sports Deli & BBQ or other tasty eats and refreshing beverages in nearby Angels Camp.

Would you like assistance finding something in particular? We’re here to help! Feel free to give us a call 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 or contact us via email at [email protected]. Happy riding!

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