7 miles
2,230 ft
-567 ft
2 miles
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Hidden Lake Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Kirkwood, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

If you are into slow, technical, climbing this is the trail for you. It is a slug fest the whole way. Challenging terrain that will take some trials skills to navigate. Although the distance isn't very long expect this trail to take around 1 hour to climb. You will pass a few alpine lakes on the way. Once at the top, you can follow the jeep trail to the top of the Horse Canyon DH trail. There is almost no traffic once you get past the first lake. Or turn around and come back down the way you came or back down another trail into Plasse Resort.

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More Stats for Hidden Lake Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,663 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,295 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,295 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,958 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,715 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to hidden-lake-trail-111875 trailhead (38.659920, -120.109330)
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1 Review & Comments

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flag whoisadam (Nov 5, 2018 at 12:38)
 This trail has 2 personalities the beginning 2 miles are black or double black hard and the rest maybe a blue. The 1st part at the beginning has some technical rock gardens that are manageable but then the difficulty really steps up and you hike your bike pretty much until the 1st lake with some riding in between. Trail is a bit hard to follow around the lake, then it gets more distinct and the riding becomes easier. Then later on the trail becomes a fireroad. Not the most fun trail to bike up. Would be fun to try to come down it, would be hard. I think riding down that last bit of this trail would be harder than Hay Flat DH which is rated a double black. We did this as a big loop, up Hidden Lake connected to a fireraod then Upper Horse Canyon to Thunder Mtn DH. Not a fan of this loop, lots of climbing and not enough reward. I found Upper Horse Canyon not that much fun as a whole, much prefer the upper part of Thunder Mtn DH.

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