Boggs Mountain - Trail, Cobb/Clear Lake, California

Boggs Mountain - Trail, Cobb/Clear Lake, California

DESCRIPTION

Tight, twisty, rolling, semi-technical, sweeeet singletrack. Very, very fun.

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[Jul 31, 2013]
Cimeron
Weekend Warrior

If you like empty, rolly polly single track trails in pine forests and fast descents, heaven awaits you at Boggs Mountain. It's a fun little mountain with lots of trail options - definitely worth a trip to explore it. The trails are all extremely well marked, and the map (available at the ranger station and online) rates each route with a ski-mountain-like system from super easy green dot rides to technical double-black diamonds. The majority of the trails are intermediate but there's a bit of technical thrown in here and there. My husband and I rode there yesterday and we had a great time!

We sampled the front side, backside and the ridge during our 14.7 mile ride, which had a moving time of 2 hrs 23 minutes and 2,178 ft. in elevation. Here's the route we took and what we thought of the segments:

Interpretive Trail and Creek Trail to Gails (some roly poly, some climbing):
Paralleling the lush banks of one of the few creeks in the park, the climb was really beautiful - I half expected little forest sprites to fly out from behind enchanted trillium leaves. It's mostly roly poly here, but there are a few challenging roots and rock outcroppings to get up and over. One of the things I noticed most though was the absolute absence of poison oak, which made me jump for joy and strip off my long socks and sleeves. Anyway, this was a fun little climb and would definitely be a super fun descent. (Tip #1: bring lots of water – it can get hot in here and we didn’t see anywhere to refill the camelbacks).

Gails (rolly polly):
This was pretty “m’eh” to us. It's just easy, kinda boring roly poly riding through the pine forest. Nothing really remarkable about this section except for the fact that we saw no one on it at all (which was the same story with all the trails we rode in the park).

540 to Boggs Peak Trail to High Point (climb):
Easy rolling climb.

Bear Bones to 400, then Crew Trail, 220 and High Chair (rolling, then descent):
The single track sections were pretty fun and fast, albeit a bit short. Not too challenging and not too remarkable, but still fun.

200 to Berry to Jethro's (descent):
Jethro’s was a very fun section of downhill! It starts pretty steep with a sharp turn, then you can haul it, and then there's a surprise rocky section at the end for a bit of a technical challenge. I loved this section.

300 to Game Trail (rolling):
It's a rolling, easy fire road - not much else to say about it.

Game Trail (descent):
Now this was a super fun 9-minute descent! There are occasional rocky sections for a bit of technical challenge, there are fast, smooth sections, a few tight trees and no one around for miles - yay! This was our favorite trail of the whole ride.

100, Boggs Enduro Hill Climb (fire road climb of death):
This is where you pay for the fun you had on the Game Trail, and you will pay dearly. On the map, this fire road parallels the Game Trail but it shares none of the GT’s joy. It’s a long, hot grind with about 1000 ft in elevation gain. Every time you think you see the top, WRONG – you get another hill to climb! Our legs were fried from a tough ride the previous day, so that made this fire road all the more fun. And bonus, I was going so slowly that the buffalo gnats figured out I couldn’t outpace them so they decided to take the opportunity to try to mate with my eyeballs. Either that, or lay their eggs in my corneas. Don’t worry - you will have plenty of time to decide which is a more repellant thought as you slug your way up this hateful fire road. (Which brings me to Tip #2: wear wrap-around glasses, lest you want amorous gnats to make sweet love to your eyeballs).

200, Bogg’s Ridge Trail (more fire road climbing – joy!):
Just a little more climbing to get to Scout Trail.

Scout Trail and Karen’s (descent):
If you like to bomb it on smooth carpet-like single track, this is awesome fun! It’s a nice reward (and really nice to air out) after the doomed fire road climb.

Hoberg’s Loop and Mac’s (descent):
This is another really fun, smooth and super fast section. We took the long way around the Hoberg loop, which was like riding on berber carpet. Mac’s is a nice, fast descent, so when you hear the Cal Fire helicopter coming in for a landing at the nearby helipad, you will probably think it’s you who is making that whooshing noise as you bomb it down the hill. It’s a great way to end the ride!

Customer Service

Start at the ranger's station, go up the Interpretive Trail and Creek Trail. If you want a longer ride, do the Gail's/Boggs Peak loop. Definitely do Jethro's and Game Trail, and if you like fast riding, do Scout's to Karen's, Hoberg's Loop and Mac's down - very fun!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 23, 2011]
macleodofskye
Cross Country Rider

Nice rolling single-track. I'll be back soon to check out the other side (Jethro's, Game, Grizzly, etc.).

Customer Service

Shaker-Gails-Shaker-Scout-210-High Chair-Ridge-Crew-400-?-Bear Bones-High Point-Boggs Peak-Fireroad-Gails (down)-Shaker-Scout-Karen's-Boggs Ridge-Hoberg's-Mac's.

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Creek trail was a fun add-on.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 01, 2009]
shakka
Weekend Warrior

Tons of singletrack, 50% climbing, 50% haul ass. Fun, easy to medium trails. Awesome links of trails, like a freaking spider-web of quality trails. Gotta spend more than a day there to be able to hit it right. I will be back.

Customer Service

Big springs, charlies, and game, amazing!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2007]
localshreddar
Weekend Warrior

It's one of the best single trac riding I've been on in northern california. The two female rangers are very helpfull if you ask them for a good rout. The male ranger is kind of an old fart who thinks boggs is his own back yard. I ride this place a few times a week and still don't have a favorite trail. Watch out for the pine needles, and bring some snacks in case you get lost. Big springs is a great place to fill up the camelback. Take the creak trail!! It is the best cooldown for any ride, and ends at the helipad.

Customer Service

It has everything. If you want some easy riding, take the short hobers lupe. If you want some technical downhill and a great workout, big springs and grizzzlys will make you feel alive. The female rangers are a lot of help if you knock on the door of that little modular next to the road. RIDE THE CREEK TRAIL!!

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2007]
LocalShreddar
Weekend Warrior

Thank the jail guys for keeping up the trails. They do a great job. Most the single trac is soft fast dirt. (easy on the bike) Watch out for the pine needles. If you make it to big springs, there's a place to fill up the camelback. Both of the female rangers are very helpfull about cool places to check out. The old male ranger thinks it's is own backyard and won't be very helpfull.

Customer Service

The rangers can give you a great route. I like to go up max to hobergs lupe. Take a break at the top of hobers lupe cuz you have a massive downhill. Ram down scout, a short hill full of switchbacks. keep going down jethros, and enjoy the views. then to big springs, watch out on big springs or you'll end up flying off the trail and rolling down the hill. Griszzly is a great hill to clime back to the top. Once your at the top, ride down the road to the lower campground and take the creek trail back to the helipad (keep your speed up). Then head down to the brick oven for a few pitchers of hef.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 21, 2006]
Hagen
Cross Country Rider

I like places where you can ride in a maze of trails and actually get lost. Boggs is this kind of place and if you do not have a map, you could find yourself wandering around all day (Thank goodness there are maps at the ranger station, although). I do not understand the people who give these trails such a low rating. They must have been in a bad mood that day or they were just pissed off that they had to drive such a long distance to get there, which is a drawback. If you are an avid mtn biker, such as I,then you like riding in different areas and terrain and do not mind driving to get there.
Boggs has a plethera of trails to get lost in. The ones I went on were not too, too technical. Not nearly as technical as say Upper Bidwell Park or Downieville. The trails were well groomed and very fun. Not too grueling except for a climb on John's Trail and a couple of steep fire road climbs, but you have to take some of the fire roads to hook up with the singletrack. May favorites were Jethro's, Grizzly, Scout, and Gail's, although I did not go on all of them. I've heard Houghton Creek is pretty fun. I would recommend it if you do not mind the driving.


Customer Service

I took Mac's-Hoberg's-Karen's-Scout, Jethro's, Grizzly-100 to 300 to 600-John's-Thinner's- and ended up with Gail's which was very fun and slightly technical in places coming down.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 01, 2005]
rottenmilk
Weekend Warrior

This place is da bomb! Skip the fire roads and hit-up the single tracks - limitless possibilities! For the most part, nothing too steep nor technical (although a one inch clearing on Gail's was fairly interesting). It is essentially a mtn biker's paradise: all single track and there is nobody else out there! Crazy! I only ran into one other person on a Saturday afternoon, basically a playground! Be warned - there are hunters. Not only did I see a fair amount of deer, I also found quite a few shotgun shells on the trail. Just wear bright colors. I have read previous criticisms that the trails are poorly marked. Not so! I found the trails well indicated - just keep your eye out and grab a trail map near the Ranger's office. Also, more experienced riders may want to make two loops. Have fun!

Customer Service

Mac's - Hoberg's Loop - Karen's - Scout - Jethro's - Grizzly - Big Spring's - Crew - High Chair - Fireroad 200 - Hardtail - Gail's.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 01, 2005]
jesster
Weekend Warrior

I was reluctant to write about Bogg's, because after I rode it I purchased a piece of land on the mountain to build a weekend place, and I'd like to keep it secret. Ignore any review by anyone who mentions "fireroad." There is no need to ride fireroad at Boggs if you know the route. It is simply the best singletrack riding in California, and perhaps the least-ridden as well. You cannot ride Berry's, Crew or John's Trails without whooping out loud. Toothpick trails roller-coastering through the trees. To anyone who gave this less than a 5, you didn't know the route or didn't ride it fast enough. And none of the reviews I saw even mentioned the piece de resistance, the dessert morsel following the great loop ... Houghton Creek. I've ridden all over California, Colorado, even Nepal -- Houghton Creek is my favorite trail anywhere. Most people neglect it because it's not part of the loop and it was never included in the annual race, but it's simply awesome. Toothpick track rolling through the ferns, quick up and overs with brief technical challenges, and it finishes -- are you ready? -- with a jump into (or over) a shallow creek. But forget it. Listen to the guys who grumbled along the fireroad and dis the place. Stay at Annandale and China Camp. I like it fresh and empty anyway.

Customer Service

From the office below the fire station go left and up Mac's Trail (singletrack, NOT any of the fireroads). Then Hoberg's Loop to Scout Trail to the top. When you get to the overlook at the mountain's top, The path gets wider and looks like a fireroad, but it isn't. Stay with it and it becomes singletrack again, down a little hill to a junction with Road 200. Go across and choose Jethro's or Berry's. I think Berry's works better for the loop. Berry's, then Crew Trail, then go 1/4 mile down the fireroad to John's Trail. After John's, take a breather and ride the adrenalin buzz. It's about 1/2 mile of fireroad climbing to BallCap, which finishes the loop. Go down Road 400, right on Road 500. But wait!!!! On your way back to your car you hit the entrance to Houghton Creek Trail on the left just before the campsites. Rock and roll to the bottom. After you cross the creek turn right and ascend the singletrack, all the way back to Road 500 and home.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 15, 2005]
itsmeallan
Weekend Warrior

So far the place seems awesome, compared to annadel the a lot of the place seems untouched. i got lost a couple of times because there are a couple of psuedo/unmarked trails all over the place, but the fireroad areas (road 300) and grizzly trail are awesome. i learned to never take road 200 from the north unless you want a really good workout. no one really goes there (probably because it's really out of the way) i saw one guy hunting on the whole trip and only came across one other biker in the parking lot but i never saw him again (during the whole ride) some parts of boggs mountain are difficult, but compared to other nearby places, bogg's mountain is a good place to either 1) make a friend interested in riding the first time 2) enjoy a lot of easy untouched singletrack 3) if youre taking your gf along because a lot of the views are awesome 4) youre in town for some random reason. i think the next time i go there i'm bringing a whole squad of people, i think it would be better that way

Customer Service

i wouldn't know yet, only been there once see http://home.comcast.net/~a_gojilde/boggs_lost.jpg for my route this time

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2004]
geoffss
Cross Country Rider

we rode this the other daywhen the local temp was hovering near high 90's. we have never been there before, so we followed the route from Steve's mtb page. it was hot as sin driving over there, but once on the trail it wasnt so bad because of a nice breeze through the trees. after we parked at the helipad, we watched the CDF helo take off and land again when called out on a fire alarm. then we topped off on water and headed out on the first loop to test the waters. we headed up shaker-scout-hobergs loop(ccw)-macs trail and then back to the car. it was about a 1 hour loop or so. trail signs are there sometimes, so you have to use a good map and use your boy scout skills to find the trails. back at the car we topped off on agua and fruit, then headed off on the longer loop. shaker-berrys-jethro's-300-game-b trail-grizzly-100-big springs-john's-400-crew-berrys-shaker. we got lost looking for game trail, there were no signs, and we rode past the trail entrance about 3-4 times before i saw it. it was about a 20 minute delay which sucked, so we made our own little entrance sign out of branches and rocks. just before getting onto big springs trail, theres a pipe shooting out creek water from farther up the hill. it comes out at about 50 degrees so it feels really f-ing good to wash up and splash the cold water on your skin. halfway through john's trail theres a left turn into a super steep fireroad that goes straight up the hill. it kinda kills the flow you have had for the last few hours, so we werent sure what the cdf guys had in mind when building this trail. so, the trail is mostly single track and through the trees. the dirt was much like dirt found around Santa Cruz and the trails had smooth flow to them. its dry and dusty so bring lots of water. the map we had was very good, but be aware that it was not exactly to scale. the trail signs are sometines there, so you have to search a little if its your first time there. we didnt see a single person out there, and the trails were very fresh, not alot of traffic. rocky, but not too technical, but youre not supposed to shuttle a DH bike on these trails. if you do you are not too smart. this is an XC wonderland for going fast and long. its was a long a$$ drive out there, so i would reccomend camping and riding over two days. eat pizza at Brick House, they have good service and Boont beer is real good.

Customer Service

http://arnica.csustan.edu/mtbike/Boggs_1/Boggs_Nov23.jpg

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trails closer to your own house, or trails that allow you to camp.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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