8.7 miles
1,362 ft
-1,359 ft
1 mile
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Caples Creek Loop is a 9 mile moderately popular expert route located near Kirkwood California. This hike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,362 ft with a max elevation of 6,817 ft then descends -1,359 ft.
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More Stats for Caples Creek Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    5,591 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,591 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,594 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,657 ft


  1. Walk east on Caples Spur Road.
  2. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  3. Bear left onto Caples Creek Trail (Middle).
  4. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  5. Bear right onto Government Meadow Trail.
  6. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  7. Turn left onto Old Silver Lake Trail.
  8. Continue for 900 meters.
  9. Bear right onto Silver Fork Trail.
  10. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  11. Turn left onto Caples Creek Trail (Lower).
  12. Continue for 2 kilometers.
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Jul 25, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Government Meadow Trail
May 7, 2021 @ 7:28am
May 7, 2021
Couldn't even make it to the river there were so many trees down. Lots of snags still standing too.
Caples Creek Trail (Middle)
May 7, 2021 @ 7:26am
May 7, 2021
Numerous trees down on the lower and middle sections
Silver Fork Trail
Jun 30, 2020 @ 1:35pm
Jun 30, 2020
Riding good, I would say 3 to 4 downed trees, the fire did some damage to some of the rock garden sections but all rideable just got to choose a line. The top sections is a very wide fire road now looks like either from the fire or logging, still fun. Link this in with Thunder Mtn for a long descent.
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  • By chuktA TRAILFORKS NFTA & contributors
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