Crystal Cave Downhill - Trail, Three Rivers, California

Crystal Cave Downhill - Trail, Three Rivers, California

DESCRIPTION

It's All Downhill! It's 24 Miles and Drops 4000 ft. Incredible Views!! Plan A Whole Day for it! I'm NOT Completely Sure if Bikes Are Allowed on the Trail Because it's within the Park boundries (I Never Got a Straight Answer from Anyone) FOR NOW, RIDE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 22, 2004]
ArthurOgawa
Downhiller

This trail follows the old Colony Mill Road through Sequoia National Park. Park regulations do not permit bicycling off paved roads. I have written to IMBA.com to ask MTBR to revise their trail list to indicate that this trail is illegal for mountain bikes.

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Ride the Three Rivers Public Lands instead: http://content.mtbr.com/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-all-other-areas/PRD_165100_4518crx.aspx or http://content.mtbr.com/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-all-other-areas/PRD_291918_4518crx.aspx. Or ride Shepherd Saddle.

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4
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4
[Nov 01, 1999]

a kick butt trail when you want to have some serious fun!

Customer Service


just do it like he syays...

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5
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[Nov 11, 1999]
Dick

It sucked

Customer Service

Down the path

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1
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[Dec 05, 1999]
matt smith

it's not 24 miles. more like 20 from generals hwy. back to north fork road. the trail used to be a road but is grown over/weathered and is wide singletrack now. it's not advanced or technical just REAL fast and fun (double check the brakes!)

Customer Service

the directions above, that's how it's done.

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4
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[Dec 06, 1999]
hart

Very cool ride...very secluded, awesome views of the
valley.I think we (mountain bikers)need to adopt this trail because its almost overgrown in some places and
rock slides in others. It appears that nothing else but
the local wildlife uses it.

Customer Service

same

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5
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[Dec 07, 1999]
josh

easy uphill, easy downhill, nothing technical about it,

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[Jan 10, 2001]
-al's fatty-

what makes this ride nice are the views of deer ridge, castle rocks, mineral king and marble fork canyon. you can't get views this nice on many trails. as for the ride, it's a fast, easy, and long downhill with some easy uphill in the begining. be sure to stop and look around often as there is much to see!

Customer Service

same as above.

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skyline, shepard's saddle, horse creek.

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4
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[May 28, 2001]
Jesse Hilliker

DO plan on taking a while to do this trail. It is an hour drive from the bottom of the trail to the top by car, so make sure you think about the logistics before you do this ride.
DO NOT expect to get any help if you break down. I rode this on Memorial Day weekend and did not see another soul other than the ones in my group. Bring everything you need in case you break down. It's a long walk, and you will get no cell phone reception to bail you out.
DO make sure your brakes work. I probably did 50 turns on my pedals in the 12 miles that I rode. None of it is steep, but make sure you have plenty of pads left.
DO NOT do this ride if you are deathly afraid of poison oak or snakes.
DO know the legalities involved. According to the flyer at the gate, biking is allowed on the paved roads in Sequoia. Upon arrival at the top of this trail we were greeted by a sign that says, "Pets, Firearms, and Wheeled Vehicles Prohibited". I did not take the time to run down a park ranger and ask whether a bike was technically a "vehicle" or not. You will have no trouble getting bikes into Sequoia and will most likely not run into ANYONE while riding this trail, but do know that it may or may not be in keeping with the rules of the park.

Customer Service

Only change from above- at about 2.5 miles from the top there is a fork- one up and right and one down and left. The description says stay right and go downhill so I was a little confused. I went down and left at that fork and came out where I expected, so recommend that route.
This ride consists of 2 parts- the inside-Sequoia part and the outside-Sequoia part. Inside Sequoia it is mainly dirt road with a few places where the trail narrows to wide singletrack. The initial climb is about 1.5 mi and the whole ride (uphill and down) is very gradual. You will get the best views inside Sequoia but you will also start to see a ton of poison oak (it is everywhere) and may see a few rattlers (only one good sized one for us). You will pass a few dried up stream beds which abound with ticks. As you pass the fence that marks the Sequoia boundary (about 10 mi. from the start) it becomes dirt road (North Fork Drive) and then will soon turn into paved road. You can drive up from Three Rivers as far as the lower Sequoia fence, so this is the shortest ride you can do (10 mi). Or you can park in Three Rivers at the bottom and bike all of North Fork Drive, which will be another 10 mi of pavement along the big (and cold) creek. North Fork Drive is a nice ride as far as pavement goes, and there's a place to eat where North Fork hits 198.

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[Jun 26, 2002]
Moose

This is a great ride; enough of a climb to keep you from feeling TOO guilty about the long, long descent. A little overgrown in parts, but never so much you can't see the "singletrack" of bare dirt among the grass/bushes covering the old jeep track that this route follows. Most of it is high enough to have wildflower blooms even in late June, and the views are incredible. Take the time to look. LOTS of poison oak, but you can dodge it all pretty effectively. Only saw one snake, but it was non-poisonous. I think the biggest hazard are the drop-offs on either side of the trail -- the thought of falling a couple thousand feet to your young death may be the only thing that slows you down on this ride, because there is nothing really technical to do that otherwise. Watch for a couple of big washouts, but these will only slow you down briefly. Tell your shuttle driver to give you two hours to meet them at the HWY 198 intersection, which will give you a decent amount of time to relax and grab a beer up at the Shell station after you're done.
I finished the ride with blisters on my braking fingers and big grin -- enjoy it.

Customer Service

Directions as written are accurate to w/n .01 miles. Couldn't be better.

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5
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[Sep 28, 2002]
Samson Simpson

old park entrance road

Customer Service

FYI - Bicycles are prohibited on this trail, they unfortunately are only allowed on paved roads within the park boudaries.

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3
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