8 miles
Distance
1,392 ft
Climb
-1,763 ft
Descent
02:09:46
Avg time
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Hole in the Ground Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Donner Summit
    Truckee, California
  • Ref Number
    #14E25
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    July - November
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #2246 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in E-Biking
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

The rides begins with a pretty big climb which provides some great views of Castle Peak, you'll have the opportunity to go up to Andesite Peak as well for some added climbing. From the top of the first and longest climb in the beginning its game on for the rest of the ride, which is a mixture of rocky, rooty, and granite slab single track. There are a few jumps and fun granite rock wall rides etc to be had along the way You'll ride through some high sierra foliage and fauna, and work you way in a loop back toward highway 80. The middle of the ride is shaded and at high elevation and tends to hold snow late into the year...
There are some technical ascents that are tough to clear and the ride is at elevation so for the Granite Bay guys, get ready to open your lungs. Be sure to stop lake side at Lower Lola Montez Lake for a quick dip near the end of the ride.

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More Stats for Hole in the Ground mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -370 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,132 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,064 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,516 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,146 ft
  • Grade
    -0.886%
  • Grade max
    -39.979%
  • Grade min
    28.808%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,141 ft
  • Avg time
    02:09:46
  • Avg reverse time
    02:01:27
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Status:
on Jul 6, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Hole in the Ground Trail Reports

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      Jul 6, 2020 @ 9:27am
      Jul 6, 2020
      Moderate climb up to view of Castle Peak. Then nice downhill with ups and downs. No snow on trail.
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 5:56pm
      Jul 3, 2020
      Perfect condition
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 8:16am
      Jul 3, 2020
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 1:35pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      Couldn't make it to Andesite
      Jun 10, 2020 @ 7:34pm
      Jun 10, 2020
      Rode up to the start of the singletrack on the Castle Peak side today, mostly just to document the snow that remains on the trail for those who do...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 21 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 169 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 304 rides
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      Jul 6, 2020 @ 7:28pm
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      Routes with this trail

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      Hole in the Ground Loop
      16 miles

      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag CaMtb06 (Sep 10, 2017 at 16:01)
       Awesome trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag lisamansell (Oct 26, 2017 at 9:10)
       Awesome trail with lots of variety of terrain. We parked at the start and the ride back along the road and then bunny hill drive was not fun so consider taking two cars!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag OlekCzyz (Sep 29, 2018 at 0:28)
       This trail took us 4h to complete. First 1/4th is very smooth..the next half 2,3/4 of trail gets more technical and we walked as much as we rode our bikes. There were a few portions that were completely impossible to ride. The last portion of the trail we walked down the stairs for 10 minutes. This trail is not easy so make sure you get an early start unless your an experienced biker
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Mockg (Oct 19, 2018 at 21:32)
       The trail difficulty has been revised and the stair section added as a separate "double black diamond" trail. I wouldn't call any of it impossible since I've rode it all including the stairs. I think the original "intermediate" rating it had was misleading many riders through so I hope this helps.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag TheAngryTomato TRAILFORKS (Oct 20, 2018 at 8:03)
       It's all ride-able Wink
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Nicksand5 (Aug 21, 2019 at 14:58)
       This was a great trail. Yes it is not an introduction to mtb but certainly all rideable and lots of advanced alternative lines. The trail work was impeccable. Donated immediately. Initial climb is beautiful and smooth
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Vinnyl26 (Oct 7, 2019 at 12:23)
       The most amazing mountain bike trail in the Tahoe Area. Great technical punchy climbs amazing views. It’s a must do ride
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag eldofreeride (Oct 9, 2019 at 11:25)
       This trail sucks
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag sjlorber (Oct 20, 2019 at 20:23)
       Fantastic trail, rose counter clockwise but could easily be done in he opposite direction. beautiful lakes, some tiny patches of snow in the sides of the trail. Winter will be here soon!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag sillawydna (Jul 11, 2020 at 15:55)
       Great trail with beautiful views. Maybe it’s a regional thing, but in the NW this would be more of a blue than a black trail. Semi long, but nothing too technical about it. The stairs are rideable and not too bad.
      [Reply]

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