Hole In The Ground - TRAIL

Hole In The Ground - Trail, Truckee, California

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G   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2016]

If you are in the Lake Tahoe or Truckee area, this is a must ride trail. It has everything. Very tough uphills that can beat you up, Smooth flowing downhills, Rocky flat section, a very technical downhill in the end. Some of uphills and downhills brick blocks have been laid on the trails. If these weren't there it might be even more difficult.

You have to be in shape to ride this trail.

I rode in mid July, there was still snow patches at the top, but the weather is 70-80 deg. Kind of crazy. So, good riding time is between Late June to August end (summer end).

Couple of lakes to relax during the ride.

One of the best trail I have ridden in my riding career.

Intermediate technical skill riders can ride; but might have to walk few sections here and there. But if you ride this trial often then you can do 90-95%. Just a couple of places are difficult for this level.


Similar Products Used: Just so many trials in this area, Lake tahoe is surrounded by trails. Just look at fatrac.org and click on the trails link. you fill trails all over.
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4
rsduron   Cross Country Rider [Jun 17, 2014]

hole in the ground was a complete waste of my time! I don't mind riding any technical trail as long as I am rewarded with more than a ten minute downhill! I would rather drive another hour to Downieville and do a ride like the big boulder trail and have way more fun! The signage sucks the trail is in dire need of maintenance!

Customer Service

none! the trails on the south shore blow this p.o.s. away!

Similar Products Used: any trail other than hole in the ground
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1
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4
Hoolie   Cross Country Rider [Jul 16, 2013]

First time. Really a great trail. I recommend park at fire station at bottom, ride road for half hour to trail. Once you are on single track climbing it is nice, easy grade. Others here said 800 ft climb once on trail, seems about right. Great views. A few hikers, a few bikers, everyone very nice out there. Then the downhill for about an hour is sweeeeet! Up down up down, lots of rocks, a few big boulders to ride over. I was thinking this trail is more fun than Downieville? It is pretty fun, and challenging if you are really going fast. 2.5 hours at a fast pace, I am sure people are way faster, intermediates slower, and make sure to walk anything that is uncomfortable so it remains FUN! There is a lake near the end to swim in if you want a break. Stairs at end start off easy, the last 10 or so are hairy with baseball size boulders. Climb out on gravel road for 10 or 15 min?

Customer Service

Frequent riders can correct me, and give better route? Only did it once, it is AWESOME! If you hit it fast it is a bit dangerous. Otherwise I would rate difficulty at 3, if riding in control. Not really the way I rode it. Is there better way out than the gravel road?

Similar Products Used: I give it overall rating of 4.5, but had to put 5 in system. Great trail.
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5
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3
bruce   Cross Country Rider [Jul 01, 2013]

Better trails out there!

I haven't ridden this trail in a few years and now I remember why - trail is not that much fun as it doesn't flow that well!

If you like slow and technical go for it - if you like fast and flowing, ride forest hill!!!

Rode this weekend and trail is still pretty wet - no snow, but lots of little creek crossings making for slippery conditions if you don't have the right tires.

Similar Products Used: Flume for the view - ride up from bottom for a good workout or take the shuttle from Mt. Rose for mostly downhill.
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3
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3
Eric   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2013]

Rode this trail for the first time and it's by far the best trail I have ever been on. I won't lie and tell you that it's easy because it's not. I am a flat lander with good but not great cardio fitness and consider myself a technically strong intermediate. That being said the climbs dominated me. The elevation is something I really didn't consider having never been on a ride over 7000ft and in my opinion that's a game changer at least it was for me, but all of the initial butt kicking I took was soon forgotten with the first technical single track down hill portion. The flow of the trail is ever changing and also demanding from smooth single track to rock gardens and technical climbs this trail has it all, but the best is saved for last when you bomb down the stair case section which is an absolute blast with a little bit of pucker factor thrown in. The ride ends with an uneventful slog up a gravel road back to where you started from if you didn't shuttle to the trail head. All in all a great ride that I will definitely do again.

Customer Service

I won't be repetitive with there already being plenty of good directions on here already.

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5
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5
sivilized   Weekend Warrior [Jun 27, 2012]

This is the best trail I've ridden in California. Really amazing singletrack that you can go really go fast and still feel comfortable on. The initial climb is killer up to 8,000 feet elevation.

Rode this on Tuesday June 26, 2012 with my brother and didn't see a single mountain biker. Saw about 6 hikers in the last 3 miles.

I found this trail to be a perfect challenge for my skills as an advanced intermediate rider. There is one section near the end that turns into weird stairs and jarring drops, I did most of it but it kind of shook me - especially after being worn out and ready to finish. This section is not a deal breaker, you can easily walk this stuff and save your great memories of the trail.

The trail is not well marked. You just have to feel it out sometimes. Especially the last few miles. I was using BikeMapDude's Gold Country book and it got me through, but I wasn't too comfortable. Thankfully I read these previous reviews and people mentioning the various quirks.

If you are really scared about getting lost, download Cyclemeter for your smartphone. Then, go to http://cosmocatalano.com/strava-gpx-export/ and enter http://app.strava.com/rides/11829839

This will make a GPX file of my ride. To get this into your phone you need to email it to yourself as an attachment. Then open the email on your phone and click on the attachment inside the email and import the route into Cyclemeter.

This way you can get out your phone and check the route when you're not sure.

Customer Service

We parked in the gravel area just off of I-80 exit 174, the south side of the freeway. We rode counter-clockwise like is always recommended.

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5
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4
TwoHeadsBrewing   Cross Country Rider [Sep 19, 2011]

Great trail with a little bit of everything! It can be a lung buster if you're not in good shape or aren't used to the altitude. But don't let that deter you from riding, just take your time and frequent breaks and of course enjoy the awesome views. After the first climb of 700 feet or so of switchbacks you get to a great vista point where you can even see a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. After this initial climb there are only a few short 100-200 feet climbs, for a total of about 2000 feet of climbing.

This trail has it all; technical rocky and rooty sections, smooth buffed single track, banked corners, exposed granite "bike parks", and riding on everything from shady forest to meadows and open rock faces. The technical can be daunting if you don't have the experience or have a short travel hardtail. On a good 4-6" trail bike you'll be comfortable as there are LOTS of bowling ball sized rocks, big roots, and other obstacles to ride through. But it isn't all rocky and technical, and the smooth forest floor runs remind me quite a bit of the second and third divide trails in Downieville.

All in all a great ride. About 16 miles, 2000 feet of climbing, and plan on taking 2 hours if in great shape, 3 hours in average shape, 4+ hours and lots of breaks, food and water if you don't ride much. If you're not in good shape the climb at the beginning on the switchbacks is going to hurt, as will the gravel road climb at the end. But in the middle it's just all sorts of heaven!

Customer Service

Park at the trailhead by the Soda Springs exit on I-80. Ride across the freeway overpass for about 1/2 mile, take a left onto a dirt road after the snow lab and ride another 1/2 mile. This will take you through the Boreal parking lot, and take a left under the highway and continue until you see the dirt road heading north. You'll ride another mile or so on the dirt road until you reach the trail head on the left side.

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5
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4
moneekking   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2011]

Some background to give our review some perspective: We are a group of 5 women, all intermediate to advanced riders, racing XC, CX and Road. We consider ourselves to have pretty strong cardio and a range of technical skills.

After reading many of the review touting horrendous long climbs and hella technical, we honestly were freaked out and almost skipped this ride – thank heavens we didn’t!

We all said at the top of the “painful long climb” to Andesite peak, “Was that it?” The climb was challenging but far shorter than we had been led to expect.

The downhill was challenging but fun – had parts that challenged even the most technically adept riders of the group and some of our group had no issue walking parts we were not comfortable with. We all felt that there were way more sections that not at we could all ride. For our group the longest section of walking were the stairs at the end and even then our most experienced rider cleared the first full section of stairs!

We agree with the other female trail reviewer, this is the sort of trail that makes you a better rider when you are done! We are clamoring to go back and can’t wait to test ourselves on these trails again.

Similar Products Used: Donner Lake Rim Trail
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5
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4
Sandee Sheldon   Weekend Warrior [Aug 28, 2011]

This is one very rocky road. And I think some of the reviews I read online about this route are desperately in need of an update. First--the trail is NOT well marked right now. Many signs at critical junctions are missing. The fact that there is still snow on the ground in several places (in late August) and many downed trees across the path also add to some difficulty staying on the trail. And some posters mis-explain how the route goes or given inadequate directions. The upshot is you should read/print SEVERAL reviews of the route and then take them all with you. (Internet service is not available out there.)

Second, it seems that everyone that reviews this route is an expert mountain biker. I am a strong intermediate, and the technicality of this trail kicked my behind big time. There was no "bombing down the last set of stairs" at the end for me. It was slogging my bike down steps that were almost too big to walk down. And there are NO easy sections on this trail unless you are an expert biker. There is loose gravel, slick rock, roots everywhere. Throughout the whole 20 miles, there is not one second when you can take your eyes off of where you're going. It's hard work all the way, including the descents.

Not to be too negative here, but just to add a little perspective. If you are even slightly out of shape, the ascents will seem much harder than they are described. If you are not a very strong intermediate, you will feel fear on portions of the trail. This is not for the faint of heart.

It is a beautiful trail, and if you are in top condition with top skills, I bet it's the best trail ever. But it's a long and unforgiving trail, and once you're on it, there's no way out but to keep going.

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5
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5
Jeff Jacskon   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2010]

Lots of climbing and epic views. Great trail for intermediate to advanced riders. Single track at the end of the loop has great stairs. Just went this weekend, still lots of snow and hard to navigate, needs 4 more weeks then it will be a blast.

Customer Service

Start at the Soda Springs exit, ride over the overpass, under I80 and up the dirt road to boreal.

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5
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4
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