18.1 miles
Distance
2,608 ft
Climb
-2,611 ft
Descent
1,012 ft
High Point

This is a fun loop, one of the local's favorite. Not to difficult.

Detailed Description
Chuck Hench/Sweetpea loop is a 18 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Mendocino California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 2,608 ft with a max elevation of 1,012 ft then descends -2,611 ft.
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22 Reviews & Comments

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LaMichi (Sep 15, 2022 at 7:41)
Trail Blue Gum
This ride was super fun and flowy! It winds through tight trees with small burms and built wood bridges. Definitely best to ride downhill if at all possible- think forests of Endor. This trail also does connect with a road at the bottom for loop/connection possibilities (not shown on trailforks at this time).
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Tastybite (Aug 9, 2022 at 10:29)
Took my 8-year old on his first "real" mountain bike ride here. This is a great place for an intro to riding singletrack - a few roots to maneuver, but mostly smooth redwood dirt and and nothing too steep.
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Tastybite (Aug 9, 2022 at 10:29)
Took my 8-year old on his first "real" mountain bike ride here. This is a great place for an intro to riding singletrack - a few roots to maneuver, but mostly smooth redwood dirt and and nothing too steep.
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MtbSince84 (May 19, 2022 at 18:45)
Trail Sweetpea
Time to update the description on this. It's no longer the newest trail in the area; that honor belongs to Observatory Trail.
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Chasebeck734 (Oct 3, 2021 at 21:59)
Trail Rd 508
Detour from the road below it, little more elevation change id say than the road. More fun I’d say, adds time whichever direction you’re going. Old road that just had singletrack worn in now
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Chasebeck734 (Sep 25, 2021 at 22:12)
Trail Blue Gum
Very fun on the way down, real steep climbing up. Would only recommend going up if you want to say you did it
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Chasebeck734 (Sep 25, 2021 at 22:07)
Can go either direction, kinda steep going up but you can do it, I believe in you. More fun coming down of course. And there’s a stump you can ride through and get cool pictures!
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Chasebeck734 (Sep 25, 2021 at 22:05)
Trail Sweetpea
Really fun when going down, not too steep for most of it, just a gradual decline with little pedaly sections. Going up isn’t too bad, it’s pretty at least. Except closer to the top it’s more road than anything and gets steeper. Great trail tho
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Chasebeck734 (Sep 25, 2021 at 21:53)
Trail Rd 552
Going north to south it starts off with a steep drop with some little lips build in the trail to jump down. Then goes fairly flat down an old road that now has just one line through it. More fun that just taking the road above it
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Kyleponga (May 24, 2021 at 21:30)
Trail Sweetpea
Rode this up. Very doable, with a visible undulating flow, and is a nice warmup if you're into focused singletrack before you go down. As the description mentions, rideable both and down.
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yooperjb RCMBA (Aug 26, 2019 at 22:10)
Great little trail right out of the gate. Great little pump features, rooty sections, and some fun little punchy steep sections through the trees.
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yooperjb RCMBA (Aug 26, 2019 at 22:10)
Great little trail right out of the gate. Great little pump features, rooty sections, and some fun little punchy steep sections through the trees.
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TallSkinnyGuy (Aug 17, 2019 at 22:23)
Very nice ride in either direction, although a little more fun towards parking area since that direction has more downhill sections. Lush ferns and other foliage line trail and redwoods surround trail. Some sections have a bunch of roots adding a technical challenge but overall a fairly easy trail that can be ridden faster than many other trails in this forest that have much tighter trees.
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TallSkinnyGuy (Aug 17, 2019 at 22:23)
Very nice ride in either direction, although a little more fun towards parking area since that direction has more downhill sections. Lush ferns and other foliage line trail and redwoods surround trail. Some sections have a bunch of roots adding a technical challenge but overall a fairly easy trail that can be ridden faster than many other trails in this forest that have much tighter trees.
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TallSkinnyGuy (Aug 17, 2019 at 22:16)
Trail Jackaroo
Very pretty trail with thick ferns and redwood trees. Some rooty sections add a bit of technical challenge, but trees are mostly spaced away from trail allowing it to be ridden faster than some other trails in this forest.
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aguynamedjoe SCMTS Staff (Aug 6, 2019 at 7:30)
Trail Blue Gum
Ended the ride with a climb up EZN. Definitely steep but a nice technical challenge to clear as well.
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MudLust (Jun 8, 2019 at 11:39)
super fun trail
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MudLust (Jun 8, 2019 at 11:39)
there is a hard right turn that’s easy to miss, if you come out on an old dirt road, you missed it. the exit has some boulders and comes out on a well used gravel road.
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Mooselectric (May 28, 2019 at 18:19)
Trail Blue Gum
After a long day of riding in JSDF, this was one of the funnest trails for sure.
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Kkindred (Oct 2, 2018 at 21:36)
Easy warm up through a beautiful enchanted Forrest.
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Kkindred (Oct 2, 2018 at 21:36)
Easy warm up through a beautiful enchanted Forrest.
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Kkindred (Oct 2, 2018 at 21:35)
Trail Blue Gum
Great trail. Definitely best ridden one way going down the descent. Flowey with some tight technical thrown in. Lots of fun.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    15
More Stats for Chuck Hench/Sweetpea loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    73 ft
  • Altitude start
    336 ft
  • Altitude end
    331 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -51.6%
  • Grade min
    54.7%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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