3.1 miles
Distance
658 ft
Climb
-124 ft
Descent
00:19:56
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Scotts Flat Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Scotts Flat Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Harmony/Washington Ridge
    Nevada City, California
  • Ref Number
    #09E18
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    all season
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump, Gap Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #1876 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #84536 in Trail Running
    • #12452 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

Pretty fun trail. Primarily ridden downhill, but open to uphill traffic (who have the right of way). Best way up is on the road, though. And best karma.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Scotts Flat Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    533 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,197 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,774 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,197 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,730 ft
  • Grade
    3.2%
  • Grade max
    -29.7%
  • Grade min
    30.7%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,029 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,690 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:56
  • Avg reverse time
    00:21:47
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Status:
on Jan 19, 2022
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Avg: 4.25 (22 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Scotts Flat Trail Trail Reports

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      Jan 19, 2022 @ 2:57pm
      10 hours
      reporter All logged out. Still needs some swamping and raking in spots but it's now rideable. Pitch in with the final clearing if you can.
      Jan 13, 2022 @ 10:25am
      Jan 13, 2022
      reporter Large snow patches remain at the top and there are numerous blowdowns to be cleared. We'll get it cleared soon but it will be muddy and not very...
      Dec 11, 2021 @ 12:09pm
      Dec 11, 2021
      Dec 9, 2021 @ 7:14am
      Dec 9, 2021
      reporter
      Dec 5, 2021 @ 2:58pm
      Dec 5, 2021
      reporter Please don't ride again until after the rain expected later this week (Thursday). Some awesome dirt work was done but there wasn't quite enough...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 409 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 2,117 rides
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      Dec 3, 2020 @ 5:17pm
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      Apr 20, 2019 @ 9:16pm
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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      canhedrive (Dec 1, 2015 at 13:41)
       Look out for first couple of berms they get very powdery in the summer.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      DrHog (Jul 26, 2016 at 1:26)
       I ride a lot of miles, and this was as much fun as I've had on a trail in a long time, reminiscent of some of the great trails in South Tahoe. Well built and maintained with great flow. Thanks, Forest Trails Alliance!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Jgerbaud (Jan 23, 2019 at 15:39)
       Scott's has been newly rebuilt in December 2018.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      bl858 (Apr 28, 2019 at 23:21)
       This trail is one of my favorites anywhere, since being rebuilt this winter. The features that make this trail so much fun also require a lot of speed and some air time though. As a result, there are some places where a downhill rider will not be able to stop in time for an uphill rider. Please, if you're going to ride it uphill, be especially careful to listen/look for riders coming down, and try to get completely off the trail if possible. I know this goes against the old rule of the downhill rider yielding, but that may just not be physically possible on this one.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      gasman1 (Mar 9, 2020 at 21:50)
       Dear me! What a trail. Solidly built. Crazy flow. I need more speed next time to clear a good few features. I came back up Casci road. Quite a slog for a middle aged fat guy. I wouldn't want to pedal back up Scott's flat trail and get in the way of someone flying down, having the time of their lives, as i pounded out the cranks round those berms!
      Is there another way up apart from Scott's flat road?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Scottyd17485 (Jun 9, 2020 at 18:02)
       Crazy awesome trail full of giant berms and pumps that can be doubled. Got a fun gap to stump jump double. Reminds me of a mini Flow Trail a La Soquel Demonstration Forest of Santa Cruz. A must hit if you are in the area.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      hopupuponabike (Jul 26, 2021 at 6:25)
       Such a fun and flowy downhill trail. This trail should not be ridden uphill. It’s a narrow single track and if you ride uphill you are a flow killer for those trying to enjoy this trail. Take the road up (it’s faster anyways), and the dirt down.
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      Videos

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