32.7 miles
Distance
4,899 ft
Climb
-4,739 ft
Descent
2,313 ft
High Point

Nice loop connecting Big Basin and Butano State Parks. Can go either way -- but going up Middle Ridge is not as fun as going down. :-)

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Big-Basin_Olmo-Butano_Loop is a 33 mile less popular intermediate route located near Big Basin State Park California. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 4,899 ft with a max elevation of 2,313 ft then descends -4,739 ft.
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6 Reviews & Comments

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bos31337 (Apr 30, 2022 at 12:14)
The first section of this road has reopened, so you can ride part of it as an out-and-back. The road surface is currently very pleasant for gravel riding.
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bos31337 (Apr 30, 2022 at 12:14)
The first section of this road has reopened, so you can ride part of it as an out-and-back. The road surface is currently very pleasant for gravel riding.
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naba (Jun 30, 2019 at 21:11)
Descending this fire road is easy if you go fast: it turns into a roller coaster when you are bombing it. If you do not go that fast or you're not that strong, you may have to hike a few steep hills (a couple of meters), but any black diamond rating is over-statement both technical and effort-wise. Going downhill is an easy to moderate ride (green-blue).
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naba (Jun 30, 2019 at 21:11)
Descending this fire road is easy if you go fast: it turns into a roller coaster when you are bombing it. If you do not go that fast or you're not that strong, you may have to hike a few steep hills (a couple of meters), but any black diamond rating is over-statement both technical and effort-wise. Going downhill is an easy to moderate ride (green-blue).
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jessicakeenum (Apr 14, 2019 at 17:20)
Bring your climbing legs, sunscreen, and snacks! Endurance and cardio 100%! Some sketchy gravel areas but mostly dirt. I paired with the other fire road to come back into the state park where we were camping. Gotta leg cramp 3/4 way into the ride, so I'd bring GU's if you have any!
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jessicakeenum (Apr 14, 2019 at 17:20)
Bring your climbing legs, sunscreen, and snacks! Endurance and cardio 100%! Some sketchy gravel areas but mostly dirt. I paired with the other fire road to come back into the state park where we were camping. Gotta leg cramp 3/4 way into the ride, so I'd bring GU's if you have any!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Big-Basin_Olmo-Butano_Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    155 ft
  • Altitude start
    984 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,145 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -82%
  • Grade min
    101%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Butano Fire Road
Aug 7, 2020 @ 7:37am
Aug 7, 2020
Dry except beneath canopy up high where recent fog dropped moisture; all-road bike with knobby 33c tires
Olmo Fire Road
Jun 24, 2020 @ 5:49am
Jun 24, 2020
Steep parts of descent have loose pea gravel ruts which are idea for cyclocross practice
Gazos Creek Road
Mar 8, 2019 @ 9:36am
Mar 8, 2019
Wet but rideable. A few down trees require a dismount
Johansen Road
Jul 15, 2017 @ 11:07am
Jul 15, 2017
Fire road as bikes aren't allowed on trails within the park. Get ready to climb!! Steep and short climbs with lose dirt, almost sand. Beautiful scenery though! ! Bring lots of water if riding in the Summer. Enjoy!!
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