2 miles
Distance
33 ft
Climb
-557 ft
Descent
00:12:22
Avg time
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Cape Horn Details

  • Riding Area
    Bear Valley
    Bear Valley, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Summer
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #8173
  • Land Manager
    USFS

This trail requires some technical skills as you descend from Cape Horn on ONLY the first 1/4 mile (see video). After that the single track is much easier all the way to Lake Alpine, after the BVTS Trail Volunteers did a full rework on it during the summer of 2018. Although the trail is only moderately steep in most sections, it makes for a challenging climb. The return trip is the reward...fast and fun! This is probably not a trail suited for beginners, but more suited for lower intermediate and above. A fairly high level of fitness is needed for the climb but can also be shuttled via the Hwy 4 Cape Horn turnout.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Cape Horn bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -525 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,458 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,983 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,983 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,458 ft
  • Grade
    -6.559%
  • Grade max
    -35.415%
  • Grade min
    12.043%
  • Distance climb
    1,054 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    00:12:22
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:20
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Status:
on Jul 11, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to cape-horn trailhead (38.490430, -119.966650)
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Cape Horn Trail Reports

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Jul 11, 2018 @ 8:55pm
Jul 11, 2018
reporter This trail was recently re-worked from top to bottom by volunteers for BVTS (bearvalleytrails.org) organization. Deep creek ruts were bypassed,...
May 21, 2018 @ 7:27pm
May 21, 2018
reporter This trail still has enough snow in the trees that only the most adventurous cyclists would enjoy. There are approximately 5 trees down. Much of...
Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:04pm
Apr 25, 2018
reporter Mostly snow covered until early May ???
Aug 31, 2017 @ 9:05pm
Aug 31, 2017
Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:00am
Jun 30, 2017
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Jan 26, 2009 @ 4:41pm
Jan 26, 2009
| 2 comments Cape Horn, Bear Valley
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Jan 26, 2009 @ 4:39pm
Jan 26, 2009
| 4 comments Cape Horn, Bear Valley

1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag Kkindred (Aug 2, 2018 at 22:34)
 Good short trail. Technical for the first few hundred feet then a fun downhill section.
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Start of Cape Horn to Lake Alpine Trail
13 | Oct 25, 2018 , Bear Valley
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