21.7 miles
2,959 ft
-2,975 ft
1 mile
High Point

This is a collection of my favorite trails in Grouse Ridge North that link together well and involve no road. Start is at the Lonely Meadows trail head, easiest to get a car to. Turn off Bowman Rd shortly after pavement ends, mostly stay left on the dirt road for about 5-8 min. From the trailhead take the right or East side of Lonely Meadows trail, stay left past the bridge. Take a right on Bowman Mountain trail, don't get fooled by following a cow trail off the actual trail, I did 2 of 4 times. At top put on pads if you are the type for the double black down hill, but make sure to enjoy the view from the top. The amount of hike-a-bike is rider dependent, but there is going to be some here and later. Take a left on Lyndsay Lake trail and stay left or straight at the intersection for Crooked Lakes or Penn Lake, stay on Lyndsay Lake trail. Enjoy the flowing downhill it's AMAZING. Take a right on Grouse Ridge and climb to the next intersection taking a left on Glacier Lake trail. There's going to be some hike-a-bike, but the trail and views are amazing. Once at GL, turn around and enjoy the opposite of what you just did, it's totally different.... Don't take Bowman Mountain trail back but rather continue straight on Lindsay Lake taking a right on Bull Pen at a huge sign. Watch for hidden bowling balls, but enjoy the downhill. At Lonely Meadows, take a left and enjoy the flowing trail back to the parking lot.

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Grouse Ridge North TC favs is a 22 mile popular expert route located near Nevada City California. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,959 ft with a max elevation of 7,581 ft then descends -2,975 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
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More Stats for Grouse Ridge North TC favs mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    7 hr 39 min
  • Altitude change
    -14 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,981 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,997 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,984 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Grouse Ridge Trail: Sand Ridge to Lindsay Lake
Sep 16, 2023 @ 8:34pm
Sep 16, 2023
So many trees down across the trail that I stopped counting and stop photographing them all!
Lindsay Lake Trail
Sep 16, 2023 @ 6:26pm
Sep 16, 2023
At least one tree down. I only rode between Grouse Ridge and Crooked Lakes Trails
Glacier Lake Trail
Jun 12, 2021 @ 8:36pm
Jun 12, 2021
Bowman Mountain Trail
Aug 25, 2019 @ 5:19pm
Aug 25, 2019
Bull Pen Trail
Aug 8, 2019 @ 3:53pm
Aug 8, 2019
Very dry and dusty.
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