36 miles
Distance
3,864 ft
Climb
-3,864 ft
Descent
5,153 ft
High Point

An all-day adventure ride from Scott's Flat Reservoir to the Alpha-Omega Lookout and back. Novice-to Intermediate-skill level required, with fitness being the biggest factor for most people doing this ride.


The first half of the ride is almost entirely uphill. You will climb from 3100 ft to 5200 ft over a distance of about 16 miles. First 5 miles are tough fire road climb, followed by continuous easy grade with short, technical punches and some breaks with mild descending. The last 2 miles will be the most difficult

After the long climb you will be rewarded with a gorgeous view of the Sierras from the Alpha Omega Lookout off of Rte 20. From here you get to ride almost 19 miles back to the lake, with a couple short climbs breaking up the descent to give your hands some rest.

Most of the singletrack is smooth and with easy enough grades that gravel bikes with big tires will do just fine, but the trails are so pretty and there are enough optional features (natural and man-made) that fit riders with squishy bikes will still love the ride.

This region gets some snow during the winter, so fatbikes may be fun depending on snow levels. Watch out for, and be courteous to horses, hikers, and other trail users.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Lake and Lookout: There and Back Again mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,084 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,099 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,097 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -70.7%
  • Grade min
    44.5%
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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