11 miles
1,777 ft
-2,616 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Hole in the Ground Trail

Hole in the Ground Details

  • Riding area
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Hole in the Ground mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -839 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,450 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,064 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,520 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,681 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,050 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Sep 8, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.75 (8 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

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.
Jun 23, 2018 @ 3:18pm
Jun 23, 2018
A few patches of snow and a few trees across the trail but very doable. Trail in great shape for the most part.
Jun 10, 2018 @ 6:18pm
Jun 10, 2018
Not rideable. Easy to get lost due to lots of snow on trail. Wait at least 2-3 more weeks. Trail up to ridge is not bad but has a couple trees...
May 28, 2018 @ 12:42pm
May 28, 2018
Lots of snow and mud, near impassible. Recommend waiting until mid-June at least to ride it.
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Sep 10, 2018 @ 5:59pm
Sep 10, 2018
Hole in the Ground, My City
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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
Oct 31, 2017
Hole in the Ground, Auburn
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Oct 31, 2017 @ 5:35pm
Oct 31, 2017
Hole in the Ground, Auburn

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
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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