Bushwacker For Mountain Biking

The 74th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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North of Eureka and east of Arcata, the Bushwacker is a serious cross country mountain bike ride over 22 miles. From Horse Linto Campground ascend 1/10 of a mile and take the road to the right (FS 7N30) that says Groves Prairie. Cross the cement bridge (and pass Horse Linto Interpretive Trails) and continue to climb. After a 34 mile steep grunt the trail begins to level off and will turn into broken pavement. Mile markers will be present in the form of spray-painted numbers on the road. Shortly after mile marker 8 you will come to a fork in the road. Take the broken asphalt road that is on the left and downhill. After a mile or so you will pass a Sign that reads Dead End/Horse Linto Creek. Dont panic, that sign is for four wheel drive vehicles, you are on the right track. Now you will find out how this one got its name. In 3 miles you will cross 3-4 creeks (plan on getting wet) and have to work your way through some brush. Most of the trail is ridable. Watch out for poison oak growing by the sides of the creeks. After your 3rd or 4th crossing (depending on the time of year you do the mountain bike ride), you will come out on an old logging road. Stay on the most worn trail for a 2-3 mile gradual climb. This will top out on FS 8NO3. Turn to the left for the reward, a 10+ mile downhill into Horse Linto Campground. If you like, you can hook up with FS 10NOK (7 miles downhill and a right turn) and do the downhill pan of the Tish Tang Loop to finish this great mountain bike ride.

To reach the trailhead, follow US101 north to Arcata. Head east on SR299 and follow signs toward Big Foot Country Club but do not turn into Big Foot Avenue. Continue straight following main road put all dwellings, cross Cedar Creek and continue on main road to brown Forest Service sign indicating direction to Horse Linto Campground. Go straight onto FS 8NO3 and continue to Horse Linto Campground.

Overall, Bushwacker is the 74th most popular mountain bike trail of all 133 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Bushwacker including Carter Meadows, Forks Blue-Ridge-Sawyers Bar Loop, Gunsight Peak Loop Trail, Whitefish Divide / Blue Sky Loop, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


Local Contact(s):  Six Rivers National Forest (916) 842-6131; CA Visitors (800) GOCALIF.

Recommended Book:  "Northern California Mountain Biking" from Ann Marie Brown

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

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

Article Source:   Best Bushwacker Mountain Biking Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=BIKE&id=5895

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/15/2016

ID:  5895

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