Norcal - Calaveras County - Valley Springs NickNames: #TheNewHoganReservoirMountainBikeTrail area 51
Take Highways 12 or 26 out of Stockton to Valley Springs. At the four way stop, continue on 12 another 1/4 mile to Lime Creek/S. Petersburg. Turn right, then turn right again on S. Petersburg. Follow this for approx. 2 miles to the Oak Knoll campground. They'll let you park for free if you're riding the trail. The advanced trail starts right where you park in the dirt, just past the tarmac.
Call Delta Cyclery in Stockton if you need more details on this trail, at 209-951-5665. Ask for Amy.
P.S. There is a rim trail that can be ridden (or hiked) by beginner/intermediate riders while you hammer on the advanced trail. The Rim Trail is closer to the lake, while Area 51 is above it. The camping at Oak Knoll (or Acorn East, just down the road) is pretty cool, if you get a shaded spot in the summer. Great lake for fishing & boating, too (cheap boat launching fees).
Please wear your helmet!
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 10 miles (out & back) Elevation change: 100 feet
Finch Platte a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Cannonale CAAD 3 hardtail (ouch) from Stockton URL: SCAAB