Shell Road Rec Area - TRAIL

Shell Road Rec Area - Trail, Sonora, California

Singletrack, jeep trails and dirt road. Fun beginner to intermediate stuff.

User Reviews (4)

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Mark   Weekend Warrior [Oct 02, 2016]

Truth be told, the locked gate on the south end of the trail next to the PG&E substation has been illegally locked by an adjacent land owner (Clayton A Rosasco) for many years. I have in my possession a court document describing shell road where it begins on the south end up to the beauro of reclimation gate 2+ miles in to be a public right of way and this land owner is illegally putting a lock on this gate. I have removed/cut the chain in the past despite the outrage of this fellow. He doesn't belive the public should have access but it is not his rite to block it. Feel free to engage him at his nearby residence if you would like to ask him to open it. He has no legal grounds to keep it locked. His house is the one on the left if you're coming from the south west, right on shell just before you reach the gate.

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Whacked   Weekend Warrior [Feb 20, 2014]

Its been 20-odd years since I last rode this area. Used to ride from Shell Rd down into the lake basin and around coming out near the Rawhide Trailer Park then back to our cars. We rode it a lot during the winter months when our favorite trails was all snow/ice and New Melonies trails were just started being built.
That said, its all pretty much closed down. You are not supposed to ride on the dirt road from the starting point. The gate at the restroom at base of Table Mountain trail (closed to bikes) is closed to traffic. So the trail pretty much consists of 1 mile of singletrack leading from start to restroom. Not worth it. Good for a hike though.
I have not checked out the other side from Peoria Flat Road where the Horse Staging area is.

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His Knobs   Weekend Warrior [May 10, 2010]

Nice route on mostly dirt roads but with some pretty sweet new singletrack (maybe not new, but newly shown on Bureau of Reclamation maps). Fairly difficult climbs in some places for people with more than 1% body fat and some short places I had to hike-a-bike, but overall pretty fun for a few hours and a decent work out. Great wildflower show in the spring. Probably not much fun in the summer due to heat, dust, and horse-churned trail surface.

Customer Service

From Shell Road parking lot go south on dirt Peoria Flat Road a couple miles to gate/turnstyle described above. "New" singletrack takes off to left/south just before first pond less than a mile in, but I'd recommend taking the road all the way up to the dam overlook and take the singletrack back to avoid some sections too steep to ride.

Similar Products Used: Haven't seen them yet but several new miles of trail at Tuttletown Rec Area.
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Justin   [Apr 20, 2003]

We got a flat early on and ended up hiking most the trail pushing our bikes. I had extra tubes but didn't feel like changing the bad for the good, so we enjoyed a beautiful hike... The area is great wi stellar views of the lake with many meadows full of wild flowers. about half way up the trail was being plowed for some reason- BLR doing some work I imagine.. Great Beginner trail for sure - some fun little down hill spots.

Customer Service

We stayed on the main trail, however there appeared to be single tracks branching off that I saw hikers on, no postings about legality of riding on singles so it must be allowed.

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