Looking for the ultimate singletrack adventure? Then the South Yuba Epic has your name all over it. Located about 20 miles north of Nevada City on the far west side of the Sierra Nevada range, the South Yuba is more than 35 miles of mountain bike bliss. A highlight of this ride is the nearly 17-mile stretch of singletrack along the South Yuba River.
Although you'll be hard pressed to find a rock or root on this trail, don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy jaunt. The tight singletrack and numerous short, steep climbs will test you.
Elevation Range: 1,500 - 3,700 feet
Terrain: Smooth, tight singletrack with many short, steep hills.
Season: Year-round, but occasionally the trails at higher elevations are closed due to snow.
Details: Bicyclists of Nevada County http://www.bonc.org, or pick up a map at Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, 457 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, 530-265-2187, http://www.tourofnevadacity.com
IMBA Club: Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), http://www.bonc.org
Highlight: Singletrack through Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park, site of California's largest hydraulic mine.
Camping: Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park, http://www.pioneermining.com/dist_malakoff.htm. Camping is primative.
Lodging: Many hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts in Nevada City and Grass Valley.
Travel & Tourism Association: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, http://www.nevadacitychamber.com
More: Go to Mekka for your morning caffeine fix and the South Pine Café for breakfast and lunch. Several small vineyards in the area give tours and wine tasting.
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