Squaw Leap - Trail, Fresno, California

Squaw Leap - Trail, Fresno, California

DESCRIPTION

Awesome ride. Great climbs and descents with an occasional glimpse of some rare wildlife. Beware of ruts after big rains.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 21, 2013]
TonyInderbitzin
Weekend Warrior

Really fun & very beautiful. I ride it CW. That climb is challenging enough (much tougher climb CCW). More challenging downhill CW too. The climb is about 3.8 miles after the 1.0 mile decent at the start into the Gorge. The downhill is 3 miles of fun. Techy ST with plenty of rocks & tight turns. The decent ito the Gorge & about a mile out of it in the other side is filled with man made water bars, so plentiful that they're more like stairs. All these water bars make the climb tougher. As an intermediate/advanced rider of 25 years, this climb took me about 40 minutes. The entire ride I measured at 7.7 & took about 1:10 mins.

Customer Service

Hwy 168 to Auberry Rd, Turn LT. After driving thru Auberry you'll bare LT onto Powerhouse Rd at the fork (LT is to North Fork, RT is up to Mono Wind casino). At about 3.5 miles turn LT @ Smalley Rd (& sign "San Joaquin River Gotge"). Drive about another 3.5 to the parking lot named "Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh". Park there. Trailhead is next to bathrooms. ReSet your computer. Bike 1.0 down to Gorge to bridge & across. Cross bridge & climb (or portage) to mile 1.2 & turn LT (for CW). Follow this up. At about 2.0 you'll hit an intersection of trails, continue straight. In about 200 yards, bare left on the moreestablished trail. Cont climbing to the saddle @ about 3.5 mi & go RT & cont climbing to summit at 3.8 miles. Enjoy the downhill. It will feed you back down to the bridge. Cross it & climb/ride 1.0 back to parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Goat Mountain, 007, San Joaquin River Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 02, 2010]
dtegtmeier
Weekend Warrior

I love this trail. It not to far from Fresno. Only about 30 minutes depending on what route you take. I have ridden it 5 times in the last 6 months. And i have loved it every time. I usually take the trail Counter clockwise. I like the technical climb and the fast open downhill. Good trail length at about 7 miles total. Some rocky technical spots. And plenty of cliffs to fall off of if you aren't careful, so try and stay on your bike!

Customer Service

Counter clockwise if you want a nice fast but seemingly always to short downhill.

Similar Products Used:

San joaquine river trail. Buck ridge at Hensley.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 04, 2009]
cloudsurfer14
Weekend Warrior

This was a fun and challenging ride. The view from the bridge was spectacular as you crossed the rocky river! My high for the trail was the fast technical downhill with some steep ledges off to the side of the trail. My low was the 100' rocky uphill section that seemed impossible to ride.
Overall, great ride! The uphill challenges your aerobic conditioning and the downhill challenges your nerves (depending on how fast you go).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 07, 2006]
Dbjacks
Cross Country Rider

Squaw Leap is my trail of choice when visiting relatives in Fresno. Every time I have come out to this trail I've only come across a couple of riders and hikers. The second time I rode this trail I met a just retired Fish & Game Warden, his name eludes me, I think his first name was Richard. He was part of organizing the trail maintenance. He also rode a sweet Klein Mantra with a custom paint job of purple flames which would iridesce when angled in the light. The bike isn't the performer like the vp's of nowadays, but I would still own one just because of the unique frame geometry. Onto the ride-I've only ever ridden Squaw Leap CW. It's quite a climb, however the surrounding Oak woodland is fantastic. CCW clockwise as the previous review contends like it would be a great ride but only in spring to early summer when the ground is still firmed up from the winter precipitation. When it gets hot in Fresno it gets cookin' at Squaw Leap. And it definitely gets sandy, however I still found that even the downhill was still quite challenging and fun even with a little sand...nothing like the sand on Mr. Toads in S. Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Watch out for the cows!

Customer Service

From the parking lot, pass through two gates (rember to latch them behind yourself), Easy on the braking down the light switchbacks, then cross the bridge and climb @ 100ft. and turn left, keep heading west following the trail and it will start to break back north to northeast (this is all climbing. One section on the climb is sandy, rocky, and steep- I had to shoulder the bike for about 50ft or so up this hill. Eventually you will reach a saddle, were you want to keep on the single track trail (still not the top) A little more climbing to do here. Once the top is reached the view is fantastic. Next grab the bars to your roller coaster because that's how this ride is going down! From this point you really have to screw up to get lost of the main trail. Just follow it back to the bridge and head back to the lot! It's only 7.5 miles but it's good fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 03, 2006]
robnfl
Cross Country Rider

Why hasn’t this trail been reviewed since November 2003? I rode this for the first time last weekend. I rode it CCW on the advice of this forum, so I could blast down the descent. Well, the descent was pretty fun with a few technical areas thrown in but the climb up was HEINOUS. It was very steep and rocky in spots, but the worst part was the thick sand. Sand sucks, but it sucks BAD when you’re climbing a rocky technical trail. Of course it hasn’t rained around here since May, so that is probably why it was so dry and loose. I think the next time I ride this trail I’ll ride up CW and then turn around and head back the same way.

Customer Service

CCW for a heinous, rocky, technical climb and a fun descent. CW for an easier climb, but a very technical descent.

Similar Products Used:

There's some good trails around Three Rivers. If you're camping at Millerton Lake SRA, theres a fun short roller-coaster trail there.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 08, 2003]
skieratpsu
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail today for the first time. Went counterclockwise just for the heck of it. Started out with a short downhill to the river and then uphill for about 2 miles. You'll be out of breath, but it isn't too bad. I tried to do it without any pushing and only stopped for a break once. Once you get to the top, you can see a bunch of trails all over the canyon. I stayed on the main trail for about 3 miles of downhill. Got going pretty fast and it was great. Couple rocky areas to make it interesting. Don't slip off the trail or you're pretty much dead. (Wonder if anyone has done that yet.) There was a section of the trail that was dug out... looked like they just straightened a curve or something, who knows. I'm from Pennsylvania where can't ride in November due to the snow. Glad to be able to bike year round here.

Customer Service

Either way. Clockwise gives you a more technical downhill. Counterclockwise gives you a longer downhill.

Similar Products Used:

007, Hit the granite up by Dinkey Creek!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 07, 2003]
rick
Cross Country Rider

The bridge trail is ok,Ran into a bear last year at the top,But i prefer the rivertrail (approximately 17 miles) to milerton lake.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 16, 2000]
Jeff

I have ridden it 2 or 3 times. I really don't recommend it for beginners. There is alot of climbing and alot of technical stuff. The downhill action rocks!

Customer Service

See tri-sport's map.

Similar Products Used:

Millerton Lake Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 18, 2000]
B17

This entire ride rocks! I would recommend camping at the trailhead, there is some really cool trails here that go to some awesome places. I heard there is a trail that takes you to a cave that is supposed to attract cave explorers from around the world. There is so much to ride here that a weekend probably is required to ride it all.
Just remember to take care of this place, it was once home to the local native americans and they are still in charge here, and they can also stop us from riding here and that would be a huge loss!

Customer Service

Clockwise to get the best downhill action.
Also check out Bad Dreams Hotel, its worth the ride,
just stay to the left at trail junctions, its an in & out ride!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 16, 2000]
adrian

This is an awesome trail with lots of climbing and killer down hilling. Not recommended for beginners, but give it a shot if you dare just take it slow on the way down. This is a beautiful trail and we do need to take care of it , so please take out what you take in.
If you come across junk that hikers leave behind please pick up, we bikers always have to take rap. Most important. THis trail has a lot of horse back riders, so please get off your bike and let them pass. I'am also a horse back riders and this is deeply appreciated , because it can be very dangerous for every one if you are careless and ignore the horses.

Customer Service

Same as others.

Similar Products Used:

San Joaquin trail, starts at south side of road at parking lot. You will see green gate. Once on trail go south east on trail. This trail will take you all the way to Sky Harbor if you dare.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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