Oat Hill Mine Road - TRAIL

Oat Hill Mine Road - Trail, Calistoga, California

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youth slayer   Cross Country Rider [Apr 12, 2010]

This trail is a good workout, i train on the road and it helps. I see alot of people with flats, and i have to tell ya i dont get flats since stans and tubless, once you get it dialed in there is no looking back except the youth i drop.

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Similar Products Used: annadale
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Bill   Cross Country Rider [Jan 06, 2010]

Mostly wanted to post the link to a new map put out by Napa County on this route.

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ffbri   Downhiller [Sep 19, 2009]

I'm not gonna beat a dead horse and say how challenging it is....everyone else already has covered that. If you are looking for a change of pace from Anadel State Park, Boggs Demonstration Forest, or Mt Tam then this is worth checking out. Even on a weekend the trail isn't terribly congested. I've been on it a few times and it get's pretty technical towards the top, which has caused tube punctures a few tubes. I'd highly recommend bringing whatever tools you need to change a flat, and a pump that works (learned that the hard way). Finally bring at least 3 liters of water and high calorie snacks cause you're gonna need it! Have fun

Similar Products Used: Annadel State Park, Boggs Demonstration Forest
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jenglish23   Weekend Warrior [Nov 18, 2008]

Oat Hill Mine Road is a old Mining road that was shut down in the late 60's. 40 years of weathering has striped the road down to the bedrock and created a very challenging mountain biking terrain. There are rock gardens galore here. Climbing the road is one of the best challenges in Northern California. It's very technical but a good rider can clean all the sections. The descent is one of the very best in California!

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Ride as an out and back. Start at the Oat Hill Mine Trail head in where the Silverado Trail intersects Highway 29. Climb up from there. The hardest part of the climb is the first 4 miles or so then the trail goes up and down and up for another 4 miles until you reach the Aetna Springs trial head. Turn around and ride it down with a big grin on your face. This part is awesome. The climb is only 8 miles but it can take 3 to 4 hours depending on your fitness level. I suggest you bring lots of water and food for this ride.

Similar Products Used: Rockville Park
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dogonfr   Weekend Warrior [Oct 23, 2005]

I hate to climb & this ride going up is definatly a tough climb even for xc riders. The begining is prety normal stuff then it gets a little rocky'r then the rocks grow larger next you get loose rock now you go up large loose rocks to a rock mountain with steep climbs & alot of loose rock & bolders. When you get to the top turn around switch to the 6+ suspension mode & head down. Stay on the big rocks it's alot easier than going into what looks easier but is very loose rock. Bring lots of water & something to eat at the top. At the bottom there is a great resturant across the road, Pesto with Baby Clam Pizza & pitcher of cold Beer to finish the day.

Similar Products Used: Downieville, Northstar, Solstice, Pacifica
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clayperez   Cross Country Rider [May 24, 2004]

Some riders have warned against visiting this trail on the weekends. But I left on a Sunday from the trailhead around 1:00pm and saw only a few riders and hikers early on. After about 5 miles I think a lot of people give up, turn around and hit the spas. This is a moderate climb, and if you aren't prepared for some technical ascents then you're in for a few dismounts because of rocky terrain and loose shale - these are nothing that should disturb the ride up too much. The best thing about this trail is that there are enough technical places that the intermediate/expert rider should be challenged every time. This is a great trail to hone your technical climbing skills. After about 8 miles of easy to moderate climbing you come to a small X-camp. I believe they call this "Miner's Camp", and there are remnants of a few concrete steps where a building of some sort appears to have been. It's not very obvious, but this seems to be the "endpoint" for a lot of hikers/riders. But if you're in for an epic, keep rolling. Immediately after passing the camp there is a brown park sign labeled with two landmarks on the left side of the main trail: Lasky Point 3.3 miles, Table Rock Trail 3.9 miles. Beyond this sign is a narrow hikeable trail that leads straight up. I did not inspect this on my first ascent but it looked impossible with wheels, so I continued on with the "main" trail which I believe is still "Oat Hill". I rode on, and on, and on... My parents have property that borders a significant portion of the state park, and even the old Lasky's place - hence the name "Lasky's point". Lasky was the last name of a man who donated a sizeable chunk of property to the state park. The entrance to the residents that still live there (I believe they are even descendents of the Lasky's) is on the Old Lawly Toll road. Anyways... I'm running out of room, so you can read the rest of the review on my own site. http://www.bikemonkey.net

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Up, up, up, up and back. You can EASILY turn this into a 30 mile ride. Bring tubes.

Similar Products Used: Mt. St. Helena, Annadel
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Bikinfool   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2003]

By the way, the Rollers is a beautiful single track down off of Oat Hill. But it is on private property and not available to the public, The distance to the top of Oat is right around 6 miles. There are poach-able trails beyond the top that connect to Middletown, Aetna Springs and Anqwin. The Girl Scout Loop is one of Mt. Bikin's greatest rides.

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B   [Jan 23, 2000]

I have ridden this trail a number of times and it is tough!!!
Here are some facts of interest:
6 mile distance to top
2100 feet elevation gain
Technical ride
no water available and it can be hot as hell up there in the summer.

And my description....
The trail starts climbing immediately from the trail head and continues for about six miles. At the base of the trail you can see the termination point of the ride. Its the biggest escarpent in the area. WAY UP!
The first 5 miles are on the old Silverado Trail that once was the same path that the stage coaches used to use. In some places you can see the grooves cut into the lava flows from the wagons(At least that's what some of the locals have told me). Anyway, the trail is not maintained very well and consequently there are alot of areas where the trail has either narowed to a fat single track or a normal fire road with the resemblance of a creek bed. There are a few locations in the first 5 miles of climbing where you will be challenged by the eroded trail's more resistant rocks which is where the ride resemble the creek bed. After getting through those 5 miles it gets even more technical and this last stretch is the most challenging. The surface of this portion consists of loose rock, smooth unlevel lava flows and nasty drop offs of about 12-18". I have ridden this trail about 30 times and have yet to get through the last leg without being stopped by a loss of momentum or having to stop to lift my bike up and over a nasty drop off. You can continue on the trail once you pass the escarpment and old camp/house foundation but I think it leads further northward and down the backside of the hill into a different valley(away from your origin). I have gone down about a mile further but its really desolate up there. I usually just turn around and head back to the car because I am totally spent by the time I get up there. It sucks having to come back down the way you went up, but it is challenging and that makes it a little more tolerable. Its a great ride and I highly recommend it!!
Feel free to email me if you need further details.
Happy trails
B

Customer Service

Because there is only one, there really isn't any choice here. Only shortcoming is the fact that you come down the same way you came up. Making it a loop would either require getting permission from a local gun club to ride on the old jeep trail seen on the USGS map or riding on trails that are off limits to MTB.

Similar Products Used: Annadel-Santa Rosa
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Brad   [Feb 24, 2000]

This is a SERIOUS climb. Near the top, it gets really rocky. But once to the top, enjoy the Miner's Campgrounds, built way back in the day. Very hard to ride the entire thing, and look out for hikers. Bring water and food. 4 stars because it is so rough. Maybe i'm just a wimp...

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Up and back, unless you have a friend that knows the other ways down....

Similar Products Used: Angwin, China Camp, Skyine, Annadale, Mt Tam, etc...
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Manny   [Apr 19, 2000]

This trial is way fun. It climbs about 5 miles to an old miners camp. You can see old wagon wheel ruts in the rock. Very technical in places, especially the last mile. The trail is mostly single and double track, lots of rock. It used to be a 4-wheel drive trail till a bunch of people got killed trying to drive it. It is not maintained so it gets more beat every year. All but the last 1/2 mile or so up to the miners camp is rideable. The last 1/2 mile is tough and if you are really good is probably rideable too.

From the miners camp the trail goes for about another 8 miles or so and will come out at the old resort town of Aetna Springs (so I am told, I have been to whipped to try it by the time I get to the top) I have ridden part of the trail though for about 3 miles from the miners camp towards Aetna Springs. It is also pretty technical, but mostly rideable. It starts out as singletrack for a few miles then widens into a fire road.

Most people turn around at the miners camp and head down. It is ALL downhill. Watch out for hikers, especially on weekends. I do this ride occasionally early AM during the week and have it pretty much to myself and can really bomb it.

This trail can be brutally hot in the summer and the surrounding area is home to lots of poison oak, rattlesnakes and the occasional mountain lion.

Customer Service

Only one way. Up! You can do this as a shuttle. The trail comes out off the back side at Aetna Springs. Most ride it as an out and back.

Similar Products Used: Skyline
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