Granite Bay Trail - TRAIL

Granite Bay Trail - Trail, Granite Bay, California

This is trail very suitable for beginners and stronger riders can ride it fast for a great workout. The trail starts with some fireroad riding with rolling hills with a few climbs but nothing too difficult. Once you reach the end of the fire road, look for the single track marker on your left. From here on out it's mostly smooth single track. Look for the marker marking "Center Trail" and turn right. There are some great views at the top of this trail overlooking Folsom Lake. From here, take the trail leading down off the hill. Stay straight on this trail, and you will end up back where you started at the sign for Center Trail. Follow the same trail and fire road back to your car. Stronger riders - ride this trail fast for great workout. This is an excellent local trail created by the great folks at FATRAC.

User Reviews (12)

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Thyman   Cross Country Rider [May 08, 2011]

I ride this trail quite often because it is close. I recommend buying the $99 annual park pass and part at Beale's Point Folsom lake. Then you can drop in near the entrance of beale's point and ride a full 17mi round trip. There are a lot of short climbs that will keep you on your toes. I recommend riding the water tower climb on the way out and taking the single track to the left rite at the top of the climb before you reach the building. Stay to the left at the beginning or you will be in for a 6ft launch over the road, which is fine if you like that. The left trail goes across the road and drops you back on the lower fire road then you can make the left and shortly another right on a short single track that takes you to the parking lot. If you do this then you will have to ride a short road up to the back to the end of fire road which starts the series of single track. FATRAC has done a wonderful job up keeping the trail, do everyone a favor and ride the trail they have directed so we can preserve our trail system. There are some technical areas however most can be ridden around for beginners. Keep your eyes open for the Rattle Snakes!!! I ride beale's point to the end and back under 2hrs. It is a fun fast ride.

Customer Service

see above

Similar Products Used: Auburn trails, Salmon falls
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4
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3
Tom F.   Weekend Warrior [Feb 27, 2011]

Actually, we did not get a chance to ride this trail. The map showing the trail starting at Terminous, CA is wrong. The trail is actually in Folsom, CA. We were coming from Tracy, CA and the two cities are VERY far apart when looking for a afternoon ride.

Customer Service

Fix the map associated with the Granite Bay Trail. If you are looking to ride this trail, look for it in Folsom, CA.

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3
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3
suvacrew   Racer [Feb 24, 2009]

This is where TBF Racing runs several MTB race series and Duathlons throughout the year. It's a fast network with a little bit of everything..single track, semi-tech obstacles, fast s-turns to pump, switchbacks galore and then spots of open for all out sprinting. A few sand pits and a couple of valley crossings that will accumulate water and turn into mud bogs .
For a slow leisure ride, it's pretty easy. If your going all out on race day and popping for 18+ miles of multi-loops it becomes a challenge, with repercussions for not paying attention.
Even in torrential rain, the dg trails drain off, but the grit just chows your drivetrain.

Customer Service

Whatever the race director plotted, never done anything but that.

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4
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4
wilputman   Weekend Warrior [Sep 30, 2007]

Good single track, a little something for every one, no major steep climbs, a nice rolling hills type trail with a few tech sections thats are not bad at all, bottom line its a fun fast 12 miles that I enjoyed a lot. I get tired of going to a new trail and climbing the entire time that sucks!!, if you need that much of and arobic work out try to peddle harder and faster or go to the gym and take a step class with a bunch of FAT chicks. This trail you climb a little and strole down the rest, at no time in the ride did I burn out from climbing, thats what makes this trail so refreshing compared to the others I have ridden in the area.

Customer Service

Got lost so cant recommend a specific route

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5
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3
David   Weekend Warrior [Sep 29, 2007]

Rolling hills, nothing to steep or tech, the single track has sand here and there but you glide right over it. I read others opinion about this trail and some gripe about not getting a arobic work out, if this is you then you are not trying hard enough any trail can be a challenge, you want an arobic challenge? climb up Mammoth mtn or go shake it in a step class with a bunch of FAT chicks at the gym. This trail is fast and fun, and climbing up hills most of the time sucks, it ruins the hole ride if you are constantly climbing these incredibly steep mtns all the time.

Customer Service

Was lost so I cant remember which way I went, but I was on that trail over 2 hours so I am sure I saw most of it.

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5
VALUE
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3
typaramedico   Weekend Warrior [Oct 21, 2005]

Favorite trail. It's great for a really fun/little of everything/quick work out that's not too far out of Sacramento. It has some good climbs, is mostly single track, has rocks, sand and smooth s-turns never too far from water to take a dip.

Customer Service

From the granite bay day use parking lot, the trail head is on the east side, follow that out across the open area, cross the paved road and take the 2nd right. (1st is the exit). just follow that up and through the woods. there's few forks and splits...after riding the trail a few times you'll figure out which route takes you where. work your way out to the end of the peninsula and back. there's lots of variety and is a blast. When you get done if you sill have energy, try it backwards. -watch out for horses-

Similar Products Used: Salmon falls Sly park (up the hill a ways) Forest hill (also up the other hill a ways)
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5
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3
dhouston   Weekend Warrior [Oct 12, 2005]

Enjoyed trail but was mislead by rating. Some fun, technical stuff but not very aerobic. Take the time to drive 20 miles up Auburn Folson to hit Foresthill Divide. Much greater challenge,

Customer Service

Backside of Cavitt JH.

Similar Products Used: Foresthill Divide
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3
VALUE
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2
Thor_Cornelius   Cross Country Rider [Oct 31, 2004]

Good trail for beginners- the hills are short but there is a alot of single track. There are a few alternate trails that add spice for more experienced riders. The trail is ideal for a single speed.

Customer Service

Start at the high school - it adds a a couple of miles to the ride.

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4
VALUE
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3
Stan   [Feb 07, 2002]

This is a fast trail, not too technical, but with a good dose of variety. Ok for beginners building some condifence, and great for intermediates building speed and strength. There are some decent climbs. I ride it two or three times a week. If you want to increase your miles after you've made the loop you can go on North from Granite Bay on the single track and add another 6 - 8 miles one way.

Customer Service

From the just before entrance shack to Granite Bay SRA (at end of Douglas Blvd.) take the cutout in the stone wall to the right - it divides - left to single track - right to a fire road. The fire road is also known as the Moony Ridge trail. It's about 2.4 miles to the end of the fast up and down fire road then another 1.25 miles along gravel levy road to Beale's Point. Continue downhill past Auburn Dam Road on the American River Bike Trail. About 1/2 mile past Auburn Dam Road a single track leads off to the left of a curve of the paved trail. It connects to paved trail a couple of times, but always stay left (as you go downhill) and you'll keep finding the dirt trails. Last drop through a 6% grade ravine brings you out about 1/4 mile above Rainbow Bridge in Folsom. Take it back to Granite Bay for a 13 mile loop.

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4
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Ben   [May 16, 2002]

the first review was alittle bad on directions take a left from cavitt ride all the way down the trail untill you get to some boat ramps theres a trail right before the main road and ride that until theres a intersection with one end gated off and there are 4 trails choose your flavor!

Customer Service

like the above said the middle trail is good but all three are fun i uaually take em all in a ride

Similar Products Used: anything
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5
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