12 miles
2,006 ft
-2,836 ft
Avg time
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Hole in the Ground Details

  • Riding area
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Alpine Trail
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

HITG is a tough ride. The recorded mileage here does not account for connecting from the Fire Station to the actual trail head (which bumps the mileage and elevation gain up).

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. The double black diamond stairs at the end of the trail may want to be walked by some, since by the time you get to them you're already pretty spent and they are rutted, rocky and spaced awkwardly as well as steep. 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
    -831 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,447 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,064 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,520 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,689 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,808 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 24, 2017
Avg: 4.85 (7 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to hole-in-the-ground trailhead (39.350710, -120.359400)
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Hole in the Ground Trail Reports

Oct 24, 2017 @ 8:57pm
Oct 24, 2017
Two small trees down across trail, can ride over or around. Duck under one tree. Trail very clear with tiny patches of snow, melting out.
Oct 17, 2017 @ 4:19pm
Oct 17, 2017
Came back after it was unrideable in July. This time no issues - largely dry. No snow, though might get some sections that are slightly frozen in...
Sep 23, 2017 @ 8:59pm
Sep 23, 2017
Not a lot of extra Hike a Bike but some. The snow and ice just adds to the difficulty, hero dirt in many places.
Sep 18, 2017 @ 9:19pm
Sep 18, 2017
Awesome trail, I got it in a showery day which made for some good tacky single track but also some puddles after a while. Lots of very technical...
Aug 22, 2017 @ 3:55pm
Aug 22, 2017
Last of the fallen trees was gone by 8/19. So is that last 3-foot-wide patch of snow. All clear! There was a crew working a downed tree way toward...
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Oct 31, 2017 @ 5:37pm
Oct 31, 2017
Hole in the Ground, Auburn
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Oct 31, 2017 @ 5:36pm
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Hole in the Ground, Auburn
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Oct 31, 2017 @ 5:35pm
Oct 31, 2017
Hole in the Ground, Auburn
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Oct 31, 2017 @ 5:34pm
Oct 31, 2017
Hole in the Ground, Auburn

2 Reviews & Comments

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flag CaMtb06 (Sep 10, 2017 at 16:01)
 Awesome trail.
  • + 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!

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