There are limitless trails and terrain for biking enthusiasts in the Coloma Lotus Valley. Miles of rolling hills offer seasonal views of the river, wildlife and nature. On a clear day you can see the snow capped Sierra Mountains. Whether novice or expert, young or old, the mountain biking trails in the Coloma Lotus Valley will appease all skill levels. Some offer more even beginner gradients, while others offer more challenging steep, single-tracks. Some trails are shared with hikers, dogs, horseback riders and critters, so be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to pack sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water, and plan on a great day with breathtaking views!
Here are a few very popular Mountain Biking trails that are sure to please:
Cronan Ranch Trail System – 25 miles of single and double track trails with outstanding views of the South Fork American River. Great for riders of all ability levels. Park at Pilot Hill and Hwy 49 entrance.
Magnolia Loop – 2+ mile loop. Shaded and even gradient. Great for children. Park at Magnolia parking across from Everhart Winery on Hwy 49.
Salmon Falls – 8.5 miles of scenic lakeside single track to the Peninsula Campground. Ride is an out and back. Intermediate/advance biking skills make the ride more enjoyable. Park at Salmon Falls Bridge lot.
Foresthill Divide Loop – 13 mile loop along the ridges of the Foresthill/Auburn Divide. Stunning views of both the Middle Fork American River Canyon and North Fork American River Canyon. Beginner thru Advanced riders enjoy this ride. Park at trail head (on right) on Foresthill Road, approximately 6 miles past the Foresthill Bridge.
Looking for some road biking routes? The Motherlode Century Routes page provides route details for their 35, 65.7, 81, and 94.7-mile loops, all of which start in the Coloma valley. They also detail four local rides under 10 miles in length.