Mountain biking is a thrilling adventure that everyone in the family can enjoy together, especially when you embark on the trails in Northern California! Not only will you be exposed to incredible mountain scenery, but you will challenge your mind and body in such a way that you’ll return home looking and feeling much stronger. During your next visit with us, here are some of the best spots and events to enjoy mountain biking in Northern California. You’ll also find plenty of other local activities in our complimentary Vacation Guide.
The Best Mountain Biking in Northern California
1. Gateway Trail Loop
As one of the most popular cross-country rides in Northern California, the Gateway Loop Trail is an entirely singletrack trail that wonderfully combines smooth berms with slightly technical rock gardens, creating an ideal adventure for you and your family!
The trail is approximately 10.6-miles and rated as intermediate, so it provides just the right amount of challenge without being overwhelming to beginners. During your journey, you’ll enjoy lovely views of the Northern California mountains, slightly steep sections that contain technical turns, and a ride through Tunnel Trail! Grab your bikes and see for yourself why so many visitors claim the Gateway Trail Loop as their favorite spot for mountain biking in California.
2. Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park
While the Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park is one of the most popular places to go skiing in Northern California, many visitors would be surprised to learn that the trails are ideal for mountain biking during the summer season.
There are several exciting trails to choose from once the snow has melted away, including singletrack, irrigated trails, and dirt roads. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced mountain biker, you’ll find the perfect trail to glide down the mountain, and quite possibly get some air!
2 Mountain Bike Tours in Northern California
1. Mount Shasta Summit Century
Labeled as challenging and impossibly beautiful, the Mount Shasta Summit Century is an unforgettable is an epic ride that you won’t soon forget!
As you pedal your way through the spectacular scenery of our region, you’ll conquer relentless climbs up to 16,500 feet high and a downhill finish. The route is 135 miles long, reaches 16,500 vertical feet, and is equivalent to the Tour de France mountain stage!
The race usually takes place during the summer, so be sure to check back often for the next Mount Shasta Summit Century dates.
2. Siskiyou Century Scenic Bicycle Tour
The Siskiyou Century is a gorgeous 81-mile loop around Irongate and Copco Lakes. You’ll embark down gravel roads and paved routes, all the while taking in the awe-inspiring views of Siskiyou County. At the end of the ride, you’ll also have a delicious meal with refreshing beverages and music to recoup after a long journey.
The next Siskiyou Century is scheduled for May 4th, 2019, so be sure to reserve your spot today!
Reserve Your Stay With Railroad Park Resort in Northern California
Northern California is steeped in history, especially when it comes to train travel! Relive the glory days of locomotives and railroading and enjoy a one-of-a-kind lodging experience with Railroad Park Resort!
Since 1968, our unique resort has transported guests back in time all while delivering the modern amenities you’ve come to know and love. We provide accommodations inside authentic train cabooses, vintage cabins, and an RV and campground.
When all of your California adventures have worked up an appetite, head over to our Dining Car Restaurant for a tasty meal and cocktail inside a vintage railroad car! We serve breakfast and dinner, so you’ll never have to travel far to fill your bellies.
Book your next California getaway with us today! We look forward to seeing you soon.