7.7 miles
Distance
30 ft
Climb
-1,934 ft
Descent
01:06:07
Avg time
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Lower Rock Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Bishop
    , California
  • Ref Number
    #3008
  • AKA
    Rock Creek
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    April-November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #15751 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57104 in Trail Running
    • #30197 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

One of the area's best singletrack trails with a few ride options from a longer out and back, shuttle, or a lap or two on the upper sections for a quick fix. The trail is in somewhat sandy substrate so running a lower tire pressure is nice but its super easy to pinch flat in the rocks. The lower "gorge" section is a "Intermediate/Difficult" rocky commitment so plan accordingly.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lower Rock Creek mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,904 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,976 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,893 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,880 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,977 ft
  • Grade
    -4.7%
  • Grade max
    -28.6%
  • Grade min
    10.7%
  • Distance climb
    1,194 ft
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,424 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:07
  • Avg reverse time
    01:21:39
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on Mar 14, 2022
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Avg: 4.4 (13 votes)
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Lower Rock Creek Trail Reports

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      Mar 14, 2022 @ 11:36am
      Mar 14, 2022
      Top part: snow still on trail in the shaded areas throughout. Lower part (after road crossing): A very small amount of snow on the side of the trail.
      May 20, 2021 @ 12:10pm
      May 20, 2021
      May 20, 2021 @ 12:10pm
      May 20, 2021
      Apr 18, 2021 @ 10:03pm
      Apr 18, 2021
      Dry as can be. Top is in good shape. Skip the bottom.
      Feb 22, 2021 @ 8:42am
      Feb 22, 2021
      Upper part is snowy and unrideable. The middle and lower sections were in great shape.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 39 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 580 rides
      • Last: Nov 5, 2022

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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • - 1
      bLGVArHd (Jul 19, 2022 at 16:50)
      Upper two section offer a fast and flowy ride. Really beautiful in the fall. Please ride up the road and descend the trail. There are many blind corners and with the speed acheived on sections of this trail I've had several close call head on collisions with uphill traffic.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      ebnelson (Nov 6, 2022 at 7:42)
      although this IS open to hikers, which there are indeed lots of on this beautiful trail, and you should certainly NOT be going full gas on the downhill with this in mind
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      K2pooh (Sep 2, 2021 at 21:53)
      The upper section is National Forest, hence closed until further notice. The Lower section is BLM. Thank you for respecting the NF closure. It sucks but it’s what’s best for our current situation.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      pinnacle10 (Sep 1, 2021 at 11:10)
      Is Lower Rock Creek included in the current Forest Closure or is it open?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      gafoto (Apr 18, 2021 at 22:08)
      Top section is fun and flowy with some techy sections. Bottom is trash with numerous hike a bike sections and a lot of black to double black features. Sure you can walk them to keep it a “blue” trail but you can say that about any double black. Skip the bottom and enjoy the top.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      drewboxold (Oct 2, 2020 at 10:30)
      Closed for fire danger October 2, 2020
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      MikeSD (May 30, 2020 at 16:02)
      Super fun, easy flow to some technical sections that were above my intermediate level. Nothing scary just tricky AF esp with high creek flow washing out a few small sections. Def can test your builder hopping single track skills. Highly recommend!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      mdnadon112 (Jul 7, 2019 at 20:16)
      Super flowy up top with a choppy bottom half. Super fun you can be on the pedals almost the entire way and pick up speed. Super challenging to see if you can maintain speed while going down some of the most technical Trail. This Trail is about as fast as you want to pedal.
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      • + 2
      DPoole166 (Jul 5, 2018 at 16:27)
      A tight technical trail that is a constant climb. There is a lot of loose rock and the trail is next to a creek with fast moving water. The water is ice cold so it makes for a good break to cool off in the water. Lots of weed over growth and lots of thorny plants. My legs were quite scratched up.
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