Hole-In-The-Ground For Mountain Biking

The 116th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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Near Truckee, the Hole-In-The-Ground route is a 17 mile loop with roughly 2,100 feet of climbing.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from US80, use either the Soda Springs Exit or the Boreal Ridge Road Exit. Soda Springs: there will be parking on either the north side of the freeway just past the firestation or on the south side of the freeway at the Summit restaurant

Boreal Ridge Road: Exit I-80 and go north (under freeway) up Boreal Ridge Road. At the end of the road, park and look for the fireroad to begin your mountain bike ride.

From the Boreal Ridge Road Exit, follow the road to the end of the pavement and take the left heading up the hill. Keep riding this road for 1.7 miles until you come to the well signed singletrack trailhead on the left. After cresting the ridge you pass the trail to Andesite peak. After taking in the view you drop down the ridge and into the hole. The trail is easy to follow and has a lot of ups and downs and switchbacks. After a creek crossing {dry in the late summer}, there is a intersection with a PCT cutover trail. Continue on towards Sand Ridge Lake which is another mile of ups and downs through the granite. When you come to the intersection of Sand Ridge Lake you will have climbed about 1050 ft. in about 6 miles. After another dry creek section there is a short right to Lower Lola Montez Lake. Its a 1/10 mile mountain bike ride to the lake and well worth the view and possibly a refreshing swim in the summer. Its 3.5 miles to Hwy 80 at this point. After .75 miles or so you will see a private property sign and then the trail turns into a two track dirt road. The road turns to gravel and after a mile or so you will see a trail junction sign and then the trail sign at the left turn. There are some stone steps before you drop onto a heavily graveled road. Take a left here {signs pointing the way}. You will see some power lines then after a small bit of downhill the trail exits to the left. This left is signed too. There is a small climb then you end up on Sherritt Rd. Take a right onto Sherritt Rd. and head towards the freeway overpass. Turn left onto Donner Pass Rd and cross the HWY 80 overpass. Pass the 76 Station and the Summit Restaurant and Bar on the left. There is a good paved shoulder to mountain bike ride on as you continue east on Donner Pass Rd. until you see a small poorly marked dirt road on the left hand side. This is "Bunny Hill Road" and takes you to the Boreal Ski Resort parking lot. Cross the lot and go under the freeway and up the road and back to the starting point.

Overall, Hole-In-The-Ground is the 116th most popular mountain bike trail of all 133 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Hole-In-The-Ground including Flume Trail, Coldstream Canyon Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail, Verdi Peak Trail and Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake.


Local Contact(s):  Tahoe National Forest (530) 587-3558; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Best Season:  Jul - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Squeeze, Truckee

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/

Article Source:   Best Hole-In-The-Ground Mountain Biking Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=BIKE&id=19537

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  19537

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