Shakota - TRAIL

Shakota - Trail, Ukiah, California

The trail was newly rebuilt in August of 2004 Because of washouts, I have only ridden the new trail once or twice but it is really nice. The dirt is fairly soft so it slows you down a bit.

User Reviews (2)

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NorCalMTBiker   Cross Country Rider [Jul 16, 2009]

This is a relatively mellow trail. I was on this trail when it was about 105 degrees and it wasn't too bad. Some steep ups and downs where you've got to get over some rubber water run offs. It can get a little confusing with some of the foot paths that go down to the lake. But really it's a quick 3 mile jaunt.

Similar Products Used: If you're looking for something a little more challenging you may want to look on the other side of the dam. The trail isn't quite as well marked but there's some pretty gnarly climbs with a few quick downhill sections. You can go around the lake in about 3 hrs. You'll need to hook up with HW 20 to cross the Russian River but other than that if you're on fire road for more than 5 minutes you've missed the trail.
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leolaux   Weekend Warrior [Aug 15, 2008]

I rode this trail last weekend and found it to be a real blast. It's mostly single track. Intermediate to expert. Not too many signs so watch out for the dead ends. Some super nice isolated beaches along the way. Much better than the trail on the other side of the lake.

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murf   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2007]

During the weekend you’ll share the trail with some hikers, runners and dog walkers on this short but sweet single-track. However, if you ride it on a weekday especially in the AM the trail will be almost exclusively yours, except for the occasional deer, squirrel or lizard. It’s three miles each way with a lot of short steep hills that are both fun and challenging. This is an intermediate trail. I have taken novice riders, who find it to challenging. Nevertheless, it’s a lot of fun and a great workout no matter what you skill level is. There are restrooms at both ends of the trail. It's about 30 to 40 minutes each way.
For a longer ride....
It is possible to ride all the way around the lake if you go over the dam then down the hill on the left. Take the trail on the right and follow the markers. You’ll need good breaks and plenty of water.

If you go all the way around the lake you’ll have to ride on highway 20 for about one mile. There is no bike lane and the traffic’s speed is 55 Mph plus. I would recommend shuttling you’re bikes across the Highway rather than risk being struck by a fast moving semi truck. However, I have done it many times, but it’s scary. Especially when crossing the bridge. There is no place to go to get out of their way. Any how… Expect two and a half to three hours all the way around the lake.

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39°14'2.56"N 123°11'1.95"W
Take HWY 101 to HWY 20 east about 3 miles to Lake Mendocino. Take Lake Mendocino drive to the museum. The trailhead starts at the south end of the museum’s parking lot just below it by a park bench.

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