Mountain Bike Trails in Calaveras County and Ebbetts Pass Corridor

Did you know that Calaveras County is home to hundreds of miles of epic mountain bike trails?  Start your next mountain bike adventure out right by finding somewhere new to ride with our guide to Mountain Bike Trails in Calaveras County and the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway corridor below.

To demonstrate just how close each of these locations are to each other, 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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White Pines Lake Bike Life I Courtesy of Instagrammer @kotoff66

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 and the the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway corridor.

Mountain Biking near Angels Camp

1. Mountain Biking at 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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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, 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.

Mountain Biking near Arnold, CA

2. Mountain Bike Riding on 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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

Mountain Biking near Bear Valley, CA

5. 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

BONUS: Mountain Bike Resources in the Bear Valley Area

Bear Valley Adventure Company is the premiere go to spot for expert assistance on mountain biking in the Bear Valley area. Did you know that in the summertime you can enjoy mountain bike rentals, mountain bike lessons and/or mountain bike tours at Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company?

Looking for a map with a complete description of rides and activities in the area? Pick up a Bear Valley Adventure Map available for purchase when you swing by their shop before your next adventure.

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

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_

Mountain Biking near Valley Springs, CA

7. New Hogan Lake Mountain Bike Trails

Seasons: Year Round
Drivetime from Angels Camp Info Center: 34 minutes
Difficulty: See Map for details.
Mountain Bike Trail Miles Available: 30 miles of (shared use) New Hogan Lake Valley Springs tri-lake area mountain bike trails.

🌎 Mountain Bike Trail Map - New Hogan Lake
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New Hogan Lake Bike Trail Map

 

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Mountain Bike Trail at New Hogan Lake in Valley Springs tri-lake area I Courtesy of Daniel Arbuckle

New Hogan Lake is the perfect place for camping, water sports, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. Part of the Valley Springs tri-lake area, just 30 miles east of Stockton, the west side of New Hogan Lake includes mountain bike trails that can be enjoyed by beginners and advanced riders. You’ll find these near the group camping. For an easy exploration, enjoy a 3-mile trail which connects the Acorn Campground with the park office. Boat-in camping is available at Deer Flat Campground—just one of New Hogan’s three idyllic campgrounds.

Want to know where to refuel? Grab a bite at one of Valley Spring’s killer restaurants including craft beer and burgers at Brew’Gers and ice cream at Country Girl Ice Cream Parlor. Note: there is no marina or fuel service at New Hogan Lake, so come fueled and ready to go.

Happy trails!

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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