8 miles
Distance
1,392 ft
Climb
-1,763 ft
Descent
02:28:05
Avg time
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Hole in the Ground Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain 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
    Biking Primary
  • 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 [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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 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
    02:28:05
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Status:
on Jul 2, 2019
Snow Packed
Avg: 4.65 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • White
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      Directions to hole-in-the-ground-7482 trailhead (39.350650, -120.359290)
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      Hole in the Ground Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 2, 2019 @ 9:44am
      Jul 2, 2019
      Just a PSA: In winters with comparable snowpack to this year's, Hole in the Ground hasn't been rideable until sometime in August. If you're...
      Jun 19, 2019 @ 3:33pm
      Jun 19, 2019
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 6:11pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      Rains have packed things in nicely
      Sep 8, 2018 @ 10:03am
      Sep 8, 2018
      Typical late summer dry and loose conditions
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 10:53am
      Jul 14, 2018
      Couple trees. One up to andesite and maybe two more out further with some sketchy ride arounds.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 2 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 304 rides
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      Sep 23, 2018 @ 3:59am
      Sep 23, 2018

      5 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]
      • + 1
      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]

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