7.9 miles
Distance
984 ft
Climb
-1,358 ft
Descent
01:51:57
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Hole in the Ground Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Castle Peak
    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
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    July - November
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #4698 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1827 in E-Biking
    • #16804 in Trail Running
    • #37773 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 35 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner
    USFS Tahoe National Forest

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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Hole in the Ground mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -376 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,150 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,045 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,528 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,152 ft
  • Grade
    -0.9%
  • Grade max
    -36.9%
  • Grade min
    37.3%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,373 ft
  • Avg time
    01:51:57
  • Avg reverse time
    01:51:39
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on Jan 1, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.45 (23 votes)
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      Hole in the Ground Trail Reports

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      Jan 1, 2024 @ 9:09pm
      Jan 1, 2024
      No more snow. 4 trees down, couple ride arounds and couple walk around. Not bad. Perfect conditions after the rain yesterday.
      Aug 20, 2023 @ 3:50pm
      Aug 20, 2023
      Most trees are cleared from the trail. There is one walkaround on the downhill after Andesite. Overall, good to go!
      Aug 9, 2023 @ 7:18pm
      Aug 9, 2023
      Any updates on HITG? Still downed trees?
      Jul 30, 2023 @ 1:47am
      Jul 30, 2023
      Still one big patch of snow by Sand Ridge Lake that requires trail finding, otherwise just the normal "early" season downed trees and small...
      Jul 21, 2023 @ 9:20pm
      Jul 21, 2023
      Significant portions of the trail non existent / 3-4ft beneath the snow. Too many downed trees to count. Do not attempt to ride.
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