Bullards Bar Reservoir - Trail, Nevada City, California

Bullards Bar Reservoir - Trail, Nevada City, California

DESCRIPTION

This is the best ride I know of. You start with a downhill of about 8-10 miles, through a dense forest single track, with scattered jumps. At the bottom the trail is carved into the side of the hill around the edge of the water. This goes for about 12-15 miles, with roller coaster single track, and whoop-de-doos. If for some strange reason you tire of the single track the veiw of the water, and the moss covered trees will tide you over. At the end you can take a paved road back with a very easy, gradual climb. This ride takes about 3-4 hours to complete, but with doc Willy's beer prices as low as they are, there is a great place to rest before you head home.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 30, 2012]
eric elliott
Weekend Warrior

Here is a big fat red flag for those of you looking to do this loop. On 4-28-12, I started at Vista Point and took 8 Ball up towards old camptonville rd. this part was easy enough finding the trail and riding. Keep in mind from Vista to Bullards Bar trail (on the north end) is pretty much all up hill. Nothing to bad though. Once you pass the Rebel Ridge Store (this store is no longer there, it was shut down), you have to take Old Camptonville Rd. Once you make it to the very top of this road, there is a downhill. Once going downhill for about 1/8 mile you'll see clear ATV paths that just lead into the forest. Turn left onto any of these ATV trails. There is no sign that says "Bullards Bar Trail". These ATV trails made the trip for me. It was about 800+ feet of downhill switchbacks. Awesome!! Then you'll dead end into the Bullards Bar Trail which acts like a frontage road to the Lake.

RED FLAG. my last 5 miles were cut short because of falling trees. From around Dark Day to Vista it's closed. I have no idea how long until they open this part of the trail.

Bottom Line. great work out, awesome views. be careful though, very steep and narrow trails at times.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 01, 2011]
fill the void
Cross Country Rider

This is just an update, when starting at the Vista Point just above the dam, at approx. mile 4 there is a big wash-out that is nearly impassible. You can try and walk up and around, but depending on time of year there is poison oak. All the other fingers like 8 ball were in good shape however, trail maintenance needs to be done.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 31, 2009]
jesmith09
Racer

I started this ride from the little dirt parking area on Old Toll Road with the intent of doing as big a loop as possible. I began down a narrow fire road that ha been marked off limits ot OHVs...a sign which had clearly been ignored. Anyhow, that decent was OK...fast, not technical in any way. The trail become single track after a couple miles of that. The section between that point and dark day is reasonably fun, winding around the steep bank of the lake. The trail is covered with leaves, which makes the traction iff in some places. I like the ride fine until that point. On the way back, after ride up Marrysville road, and connecting with eight ball trail, I rode down 7 Ball, which was a coll, if very short semi tech trail, and then up some switchbacks (after going to opposite of my original direction on a section of Bullard's Bar Trail)...maybe called Ridge Trail? Can't remember. Anyhow, this trail, given the reviews, was a bit disappointing For me. Save the first 6 miles or so section trail between my start point and dark day, and the 7 Ball trail and the switchback climb, this trail was pretty boring. When I'm riding 22 miles, and 13 to 14 miles of it is a sleeper, I think "why am I not just training on the road?" Anyhow, anyone who races, and is a techncally skilled expert or above may have the same experience as I did. I live in Nevada City now, and I would not bother to return to this trail again unless I happened to be camping along it.

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Hole in the Ground. South Yuba for scenery. Ash Canyon over in Carson City...I like the Forresthill/ Forresthill Connector/ Clementine Loop. Good flow on Clementine, good for training. Decent bone rattling descent (on my XC hardtail). If you are on a full suss rig, I recommend Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, or Downieville anything. the others I mentioned are hardtail only rides (you have to make it interesting).

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 21, 2007]
Adeis
Downhiller

This trail is awsome! I rode it in Oct. after a week of rain and it wasn't muddy and very few puddles (5 or 6 in 15 miles). There are several options, and sence the trail follows the shoreline of the resevoir the elevation gain and loss is equal in both direction. Of course there is a climb involved in ridding from the resevoir to all of the five trial heads. At the Dark Day access you can drive down to the res. level. The best downhill section is the top, From Old camptown road down to the resevoir 6-7 miles of brakeless-prerfect-gradiant-singletrack, water burms, banked corners, and a smile from ear-to-ear. Thank You Guys who have worked on this trail, it is great shape!

Customer Service

Don't Start in Camptown, unless you enjoy ending a loop ride with a 8 mile climb on the road. I like to get the dirty work out of the way. If you want to do the whole thing, do yourself a favor and park at the Vista Point Parking area at the western end of the trail. Then ride back up Marysville road to Old Camptown road, go about 1.5 miles to the trail head. This trail head is not well marked, there is wide spot in the road where people spin donuts with trucks in the dirt on both sides of the road. Look around to the north where the road frist widens. This is where your euphoria will begin!

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Not from the area first ride other than the Downiedown

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Aug 12, 2007]
foot hill
Weekend Warrior

FUN FUN FUN! just got back and cant wate to go again.the bullard bar trail takes you along the resavor and just rolls along with nice banked curves and roller coaster ups and downs that favor down. Ferns,moss coverd oaks,emerald colored lake huge pines that hide the suns heat and yes POISION OAK make this ride great.

Customer Service

for a nice 13.6 mi. ride start at rebal ridge trail head (next to rebal ridge market) and head towards the lake, then take the bullards bar trail to the vista look out point near the dam where your ride (car,truck) back to the market should be waiting.
only real climbing will be at the very end on a old gravel road, not bad at all. this 13 mi. ride feels more like 6mi. even in the summer heat.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 03, 2006]
dhouston
Cross Country Rider

Nice trail, last 15 miles lots of fun. Beautiful scenery along lakes shores but don't be too seducted by views. New trail construction, along with an occasional fallen tree and soft soils can be hazardous. Not too aerobic but does have some short technical sections. Good trail to take beginners as you take your time and enjoy. I knocked it off in about 2:20 but with occasional stop to get my bearings, I was pushing it pretty hard.

Customer Service

Not sure I took recommended route as I've been told that there are better. I drove on 49 North to Marysville Road. AFter 6 miles I turned into Vista Camping area and parked. as for the ride I returned to Marysville for 1.5 miles to Schoolhouse Campground. Single track is immediately off of this road and paralells Marysville Road. Proceed to paved road and after a short distance you are back on Marysville Road. THere is a trail on the right of the road but I would not recommend it as it is not well maintained. I would simply continue on Marysville to Old Camptonville. Go left and as road Ts take a quick left and a qucik right back onto Old Captonville. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Bullards Bar trailhead on left and have fun. Tsay on trail, proceed through boat launch back onto trail until you hit a older paved road. Go left and after a .7 mile uphill you are back where you started.

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South Yuba/Missouri Flat, Pioneer Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 1999]
Scott

This trail definitely rocks! Since you have to drive right by the beginning of this trail to get to Downieville, you may want to work it into a Downieville trip! The trail along the lake is twisty, turny, fun riding-- all middle chain ring with a few short steep pitches you have to climb followed by short fast descents. The trail seemed very well maintained and there was only one fallen tree that hadn't been cleared from the trail.

Customer Service

Doc Willy's is no more-- burned down! Start your ride at the Forest Service Ranger Station right off Hwy 49 before you get to Camptonville. Proceed as Chris exlains. Look on the left for the purple hardtail frame hanging on the tree stump about six feet off the ground to mark the trail's beginning as you are going down the fireroad..

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Continue on to Downieville and there are tons of trails to explore. For a "lung buster" do the Halls Ranch Trail to Fiddle Creek and then back up the other side of the river on the "North Yuba Trail". Halls Ranch Trail climbs something like 2000 feet in the first mile-- eat your wheaties first!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 22, 1999]
Fred

See the recommended route

Customer Service

Start at the Camp ground, take the 7 or 8 ball (can't recall the name) which is a mile of sweet downhill. Good practice on switchbacks. The trail has short ups and downs, mainly middle ring the whole way. on of my favorite trails. not a bad place to fish either if you have a boat.

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Pioneer Trail along hw 20 out of nevada city about 10 miles. And of course Downeyville

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 20, 1999]
MartyLane

This trail is smooth and for the most part not technical. It is very well maintained, and not crowded and worn like the Pioneer Trail. You ride in the shade almost the entire route. It is a good intro trail for beginners. An experience rider in good form will still have fun, but will need more once the route is completed. You're in luck, though, because Downieville is nearby, as is the Pioneer trail. A weekend road trip to the area is a good idea for you urban worker bees. Good food, good camping, lots of isolated space, fabulous views, friendly natives, trails for all levels. Load up the truck!

Customer Service

There's a picnic area with paved parking lot not far from the Nevada City side of the dam that is a good place to start.

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The Perfect Cycling Trail. You can find it on any forest service map -- marked PCT ;)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 27, 2000]
YOUR EAST COAST DADDY

I came from the 'right' coast to visit and get a little riding in. All of you posers out there need to get together and get that"sweet nevada city single trac" mapped out!! Hell man! You guys don't even know where your going. I rode with one of the local posers and he got lost. I would have enjoyed it more, but he kept havin' to get off and walk the stuff ya'll call technical!

Customer Service

Just the way I rode it!!

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You tell me!!

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3
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