Jeep Trail - TRAIL

Jeep Trail - Trail, Three Rivers, California

steep fire road climb @3.5 miles to corral turn right on single track over to next ridge go right and have fun. Awesome downhill!!

User Reviews (7)

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ArthurOgawa   Downhiller [Dec 22, 2004]

The network of trails on the Three Rivers Public Lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management offer unlimited opportunities for pleasurable technical singletrack at the intermediate and advanced level. Please do not cut barbwire fences separating the BLM land from private land. Please also avoid skidding when riding downhill: if you are unable to ride without skidding, you should be walking your bike. Bear, bobcat, puma, etc. may be encountered. Map available upon request.

Customer Service

Beginning riders can get a great deal of training by riding the Case Mountain road from the entrance at 1200' altitude to the Corral (2800'), the Powder Shack (3600'), Cinnamon Gap (4300'), or the summit (ca. 6400'). Maximum grade is 20%. None of the singletrack is less than intermediate difficulty, and many trails present problems for even the advanced rider. A favorite choice descends from the Powder Shack to Bear Junction (via poor 4WD), then (technical singletrack) Creek Trail, Squiddy, Octopus, Serpent, Chutes and Ladders, Bridge, One Headlight, and Barbwire Fence.

Similar Products Used: Holland Mountain with descent to SCE flume, followed by Mud Room, Screen Door, Back Porch, and Biff: http://content.mtbr.com/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-all-other-areas/PRD_291918_4518crx.aspx Intermediate riders will enjoy Old No. 1 and Bridge, followed by Sunnyside.
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5
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4
Sager   Weekend Warrior [Nov 24, 2003]

I have ridden this trail 8 times now. 7 of these rides were on an old Rock hopper w/o suspension. I just rode it on my new Enduro Pro and discovered why people love to ride down hill! There are 8 picnic tables along the big lop. These make great rest areas. Tables 2 and 3 are a welcomed site after climbing the road. You will climb 700 feet in the first 3 miles, then another 700 in the last half mile. Table 2 is on the right over looking the canyon right before the road gets steep. Once you get to the top, veer to the right and follow the jeep trail down. It will turn into single track along the ridge and back down to the fire road. There are times when the trail gets over grown or confused with cow paths. If you find yourself at a dead end, just work your way west and you will find a path down. I highly recommend a full suspension bike for the ride down. The trail is fast and bumpy. The cows walk up and down the path and cause it to be quite harsh. I have gone over the handle bars a few times when it gets steep and rocky.

Similar Products Used: I enjoy riding down at the lake when it is low.(Lake Kaweah)
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5
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5
tonman   [Nov 01, 2002]

This trail has everything. It is a new area, being private property until just a few years ago. It is hot and dusty in the doldrums of summer, but fall, winter and spring are awesome. Above the winter fog in the San-Joaquin- gotta love it! I enjoy the big E-ticket loop, but playing around on the low rollies is just as rewarding. Night_rides are awesome!!

Customer Service

From the top of Skyline, go left to the gate. Enter and stay on the road until the second gate. You are now entering a BLM-managed area that encompasses a Giant Sequoia grove 5000 ft. above you on top of Case Mt. If you are man enough..... But first, turn up to the right and find the cow trail above the road and take it east. It will parallel the fire road you were on, until it reaches Salt Creek. (can be bone-dry in late summer , or roaring muddy in winter.) Cross the creek and either climb towards the redwoods or at least the corral, or stay low and enjoy the rolling cow trails that lace the lower slope of the ridge to the left (north). The upper loop that Pepe described as being intermediate-level is more than it seems. First there is some fast swoopy down, followed by a very technical ( but not threatening ) Creek Trail section that is VERY hard to ride without dabs. I led Mr. Pepe through this and the Senor was very reluctant ,declining to sample our rocky wares. Out of Samstag Creek and on to a ripping ridge descent that steepens radically into the Jeep Trail section, a twisty, rutted brake-pumping slide. FUN!! You are now back down in the lower area- look around- follow some tracks.

Similar Products Used: Shepards Saddle- Boring fire road if you don't poach the single-track in the park above Dineley Dr. (illegal as my experience can attest)
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4
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A-BOMB   [Nov 14, 2002]

This place is locally unequaled in its variety of terrain and can suit any riding style. Whether you prefer scenic XC rides or fast/technical DH, you will most likely be pleased here. The elevation ranges from 1200'(trailhead) to over 6400' (Case Mt.) in about 13 miles. The uphill is grueling but the reward of a scenic and energy packed DH are well worth the haul up. The corral (3.5 miles up from the trailhead) is a great place to relax and shake out the burn in your legs. Great views abound. From the corral you can go left and up to visit a pond (1 mile), straight and up will take you to Cinnamon Gap (5 miles), and right and down (Creek trail) will lead you to the fast and rocky DH. Enjoy!!

Customer Service

Tonman knows the way....

Similar Products Used: Old Colony Mill road going DH and in mid spring. The veiw of the Great Western Divide from the cabin can't be beat!
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4
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wildbill   [Nov 25, 2002]

Just follow the Salt Creek route up to your choice of singletrack back down.
This place is definetly the new style...It's legal and fast with new routes being discovered on every ride.
This area is known as The Case Mountain ACEC(Area Crtitical to Environemental Concern) and encompasses 18,530 acres of public land!
So if you go there, respect it and tell a friend.

Customer Service

Same as above.

Similar Products Used: Crystal Cave "the DH version"
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5
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Daniel   [Apr 16, 2003]

I was mostly off the bike for the last 3 years after we had twins. Tonman showed me this area a few months back and the MTB Bug bit me again...BIG TIME!!! There is a lot of trail in a relatively small area. It's more like a playground of trails with more trails being connected every few months. In some areas you can't ride for more than 50 yds. without some kind of technical challenge to ride around, jump over or ride through without dabbing a foot,leg or forearm. We ride sunday at about 7 a.m and Wed.nights (times change for nights). I only gave it 4 stars because there is no topo map of the area with the trails on it for new people to follow.

Customer Service

Trisport in Visalia has a good trail map of the area.
Tonman knows it like his back yard. E-mail him or me and we'll show you.

Similar Products Used: I'm new to the area and still have not ridden all of the trails in this area.
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4
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Moose   [May 05, 2003]

To call the climb to the corral "grueling" is quite accurate. You will earn every grin you may have on the way down by sweating your way up the fire road. I went the day after a rain storm, so the cowpath was pretty cut up from their hooves, but it was a lot of fun all the same. If you go on a wet day, I definitely recommend disc brakes. If your rims aren't wet from the stream crossings or the mud, then the they will be from the cowpies. Watch for rocks in the grass if you stray off the path. DO stop to enjoy the views of the waterfalls on the way up (at least use that as an excuse while you are coughing up a lung). DON'T descend so fast you couldn't stop for hikers and equestrians. Mutual respect, even if we don't leave road apples...
This area is a great resource, and I can easily give the ride four flamin' cowpies. Why not five? The mechanics of the climb are similar to the Flume Trail in Tahoe, but without the view, and the DH portion just goes by too fast. Hard life, eh?
I can't wait to find some new trails in this area. Enjoy it.

Customer Service

Same as above, but I highly recommend getting the map from Tri-Sport in Visalia. The people there are friendly, helpful, and the map is free. Keep right at the fork 2/3 of the way up to the corral, and the entrance to the single track is actually a jeep trail that forks to the right from the road just past the corral. The only other place you can go wrong is the intersection after the second creek crossing. Go right, but stay on the jeep track (it climbs slightly). If you take a HARD right between two rocks you will hit a cowpath that runs right along the top of the cliff -- not particularly rideable.

Similar Products Used: Crystal Cave DH, .007
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4
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