Mountain Biking and Competitions
Pedal through the Mountain Turns
Trinity County is a mecca for mountain bikers with the Weaverville Basin Trail System offering an epic combination of single tracks. These community-managed trails follow the gold mining ditch lines as they traverse the mountain sides surrounding Weaverville, making for multiple easy access points from town. You won’t find a terrain park here, but there is plenty of technical single-track to keep you focused and in the zone.
Countywide trails afford experiences for the novice and experienced biker. Some trails are moderately strenuous and the scenic vistas of Trinity Alps, Trinity Divide and Trinity Lake are worth the effort.
A great mountain bike ride for people of all experience levels is along the Trinity Lake Shoreline Trail/Minersville Trail that parallels the shoreline of Trinity Lake. The trail runs from Pinewood Cove to Clark Springs. Either as an out and back or as a short shuttle, this trail skirts through the trees along a section of the Trinity Lake shoreline. On a hot summer ride, take a break and jump in the lake to cool off.
Of course, if you don’t mind putting on some larger tires and getting a little dusty, a whole new world of riding opens up when the Forest Service roads are included. Within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are numerous trails that will keep you entertained for days. Two areas of particular interest to mountain bikers are the Bowerman Ridge area near Trinity Lake and the Indian Valley-Butter Creek area near Hayfork. A few biking resources:
- Mountain Biking Opportunities: USFS
- Weaver Basin Trail System map: RCD
- Video: Biking in Trinity County, 24 Hours of Weaverville Mountain Bike Course
- Video: The Trinity Lake Lakeshore Trail
Get started biking:
- Video: Cross Country vs Trail Mountain Bikes
- Video: An inspiring Richie Schley video that will make you want to start biking tomorrow
Weaverville 24: WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championship
October 3 and 4, 2015, the World is coming to Weaverville for an international completion. Please see our special Weaverville 24 page, the race website, and the race Facebook page for more information.
Annual Mountain Bike Competitions
October: “Weaverville Nine to Five” and “4 Hours of Weaverville”
This is a fun ride with a unicycle and team categories. The course 11.7 miles long with about 1900′ of climbing. The first 3 miles is a fireroad climb, followed by a mile of mostly level and then the rest is fun, flowy, mostly downhill singletrack…you’ll love it! Website: Team Bigfoot
November: La Grange Fall Classic
There are three courses: Expert, Sport, and Beginner. The long course for Expert/Pros includes the new “McKenzie Loop” 4-mile singletrack section (300′ of climbing), plus the rest of the course that has been used for years for a total of 28 miles. Sport riders get the same great 24 miles of fun that has made this race legendary: about 2800′ of climbing and some of the flowy-est single-track you’ve ever seen. Beginners get a 15-mile route that got a major update a couple of years ago. Website: Team Bigfoot