Freeman Memorial Trail - Trail, Oroville, California

Freeman Memorial Trail - Trail, Oroville, California

DESCRIPTION

Mostly single track through the woods. Some gravel road next to the Feather River. It goes though some old gold rush sites and a gold rush grave yard. It's also the site of the Oroville DH course. Good DH some rockey spots.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 09, 2011]
evan1395
Downhiller

Excellent from start to finish. tons of tight switchbacks, loose rock, deep ruts and tons of rock gardens.

Customer Service

Park at the end of the Dam Rd. Dont turn right into the boat launch area keep going until it dead ends into a small turn around. Park there and go left DOWN the FREEMAN MEMORIAL Trail. It goes all the way down to the river and is Excellent Downhilling

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CrossCut Trails and Potters Ravine

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 28, 2004]
jack rawlins
Cross Country Rider

I find the other reviews on this area incomprehensible, and I ride these trails 15 times a year. Let me try to bring some order to the chaos. The Freeman Trail is a 50-mile loop that includes lots of different kinds of riding. Much of it is dead boring flatland dirt road. You can get a map at Greenline Cycles in downtown Oroville. Some of the Freeman (the part most of the other reviews are talking about) is to the north of the dam forming Oroville Lake. It's largely informal and unmapped. Park at the north end of the dam in the little turn-out and explore--go left for downhill,for cross country go right up the short ST to the gravel road and go through the gate on the right about a quarter mile up the road, then just wander. By far the best part of the FT is the trail system between the dam and the Loafer Creek Campground to the south. This trail system is beautifully mapped and consists entirely of gorgeous, smooth, rolling ST. To get a map, get off Hi 70 at Oro-Dam Blvd (Oroville's main artery), drive 2-3 miles to Olive Highway, take it to the right, drive 5-6 miles to the Miner's Ranch intersection and go L onto Kelly Ridge Road, then follow the signs to the lake Visitor Center--buy a map. This trail system is about 20 mi if you rode every alternative. This is one of the most pristine ST systems in California--no kidding. The drawback is that the trails are shared with horses, and the horse people have been working to keep riders off the trails. The status of the trails seems to change from week to week. For many years bikes were forbidden. Then bikes were allowed on some trails every day and on other trails every other day. Then bikes were banned again. Then they were allowed again. Then the word went out that they would be banned. I was there last week (12/04) and to my amazement bikes were allowed everywhere and horses were banned from about half the trails. LOBO, the Lake Oroville riders' group, might have up-to-date info.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 29, 2001]
Anonymous

Starting at the top, there is only about one section on the downhill that I would rate over a 3 for technical difficulty.
This is a very nice, intermediate and smooth singletrack. I thought the downhill section was pretty short....but there are tons of singletrack in this wooded area that I didn't have time to check out. I did do the loop after the downhill. The downhill ends on an unimproved, gravel road that takes you along the Feather River. In about a half mile, you reach a wooden foot bridge and take a right before going over it. There is a rocky section (dried out creek) followed by a pretty technical (but short) uphill section. After that, you follow along to the right and take a counter-clockwise loop back to the unimproved road. Instead of taking the downhill race course back up, I followed the unimproved road to the top.....back at the dam.

I saw a lot of singletrack shooting off of the loop at the bottom of the downhill course. Because it was getting dark, I didn't get to explore...but it looks like a lot of fun and all pretty intermediate stuff.

I think the downhill section is a great place to practice getting your speed up because it has few rocks and not too many crazy switchbacks. Because I'm an intermiate rider, it is perfect for me.

Customer Service

I started at the top of the hill by the spillway...as Steve describes in his directions. I won't do this again because I need to have something to look forward to when climbing over 1,000 feet with no breaks.
I heard if you take the Montgomery exit in Oroville off of Hwy 70 and head East, you take a left on a dirt road after the first stop sign and then park by the singletrack....this will take you up toward the Dam where you start the downhill.

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Bidwell Park in Chico (Upper section) has it all. But it also has a LOT of rocks. So, I was very happy to find some singletrack that was smooth in Oroville.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 15, 2002]
Anonymous

ride around the lake near the visitor center.
go down to feather falls and do that trail, sweet.
otherwise, heather is with it, bidwell is the place

Customer Service

ride from top to bottom, ride back around and up on the gravel road and do it agian, then repeat that...
really though folks, a DH course? do they put any ramps or something on it? it beginner strolling down
material, nothing more....not worth a trip from anywhere lugging a M-1 or something, ride it on the XC
rig when fishing or camping at lake oroville...

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TAHOE, AUBURN, NEVADA CITY, YUBA RIVER, DOWNIEVILLE!!

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1
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[Jan 18, 2002]
Anonymous

There are several trails that start here. You can take the one closest to the parking place and it will take you down to the river. There is another trail a few yards to the north of that. It will take you back into the woods more. It's all single track. If you take the one that goes to the river, go west when you get to the gravel road. You'll come to the Long Bar monument and there is a trail head just to the north of that. It's all single track and after about 7 miles it will take you back to the top of the dam. I like the trail and I think that it's fun. I'm obviously not in Picasso's league but Heather, I'll ride with you any day.

Customer Service

Park at the North end of the Dam at the cul-de-sac.

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Feather Falls, Chico

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 22, 2002]
Anonymous

Times when I'm looking for a fast and curvey single track, with ups and downs, this is where I go. Smooth for the most part with some rocky sections and traversals. Recommended for XC riders and not so much for downhillers. If you hammer the trail is a dam good work out and much fun. Stay right. Bring lots-o-water on hot days. Bring a friend, or two.

Customer Service

You know how to get there.OK. Park at the Cul-de-sac, and ride the fire trail to the right for a warm up. Head down the single track until you see the car again. Take the single track next to the road. Stop ,take a break at the picnic bench under the tree. Breath. The trick to this ride is to stay to the right on most trail heads. You see a intersection. go right, stay in the hills, away from the river. Big key, half way through the trail you will be next to the river, and there are several parallel trails, ok, make sure you go right. This ride can take you down all the way to Highway 70. Ride back up Brad's trail (fire road). Did I say stay right?

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Bidwell is always fun, challenging and rocky! Rocks hurt to fall onto.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 30, 2003]
Anonymous

If you decide to drop off from the culde-sac. Downhill can bebe a little hairy in spots. Once you've reached the end of the downhill, don't cross the fancy foot bridge, stay to the right and cross the creek and head up the hill, this will take you to some really good cross country single track. Eventually the trail bottoms out near the river and onto the gravel access road, if you turn around now the free flowing downhill becomes a pretty good uphill workout.

Customer Service

There's more here than meets the eye!!

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If you want to avoid the trail demolishing horses stay North of the river, if you want a different route up to the Dam continue South on the access road to the bridge that crosses the river(You'll have to huff it up to the bridge on foot) After you cross the bridge turn to the North and head through the old train tunnel.(there is a light switch to the right!!) After riding along the river hit the second trail up and just keep headin forward. You'll end up near just below the Dam and can head back up there on the road.

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5
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