Nevada City, California
Looking for the ultimate singletrack adventure? Then the South Yuba Epic has your name all over it. Located about 20 miles north of Nevada City on the far west side of the Sierra Nevada range, the South Yuba is more than 35 miles of mountain bike bliss. A highlight of this ride is the nearly 17-mile stretch of singletrack along the South Yuba River.
Although you'll be hard pressed to find a rock or root on this trail, don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy jaunt. The tight singletrack and numerous short, steep climbs will test you.
Location: The South Yuba Epic is located approximately 20 miles north of Nevada City off Highway 49.
Directions: Start this ride from Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park. To get there from Nevada City, go north on Highway 49 toward Downieville for 11 miles. Turn right on Tyler Foote Road, stay on pavement and follow yellow line to the park. The road changes names a number of times. The last mile into North Bloomfield/Malakoff Diggins is dirt and gravel.
Epic Ride Length: 34 miles
Elevation Range: 1,500 - 3,700 feet
Terrain: Smooth, tight singletrack with many short, steep hills.
Season: Year-round, but occasionally the trails at higher elevations are closed due to snow.
IMBA Club: Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), http://www.bonc.org
Highlight: Singletrack through Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park, site of California's largest hydraulic mine.
Camping: Malakoff/Diggins Historic State Park, http://www.pioneermining.com/dist_malakoff.htm. Camping is primative.
Lodging: Many hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts in Nevada City and Grass Valley.
Travel & Tourism Association: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, http://www.nevadacitychamber.com
More: Go to Mekka for your morning caffeine fix and the South Pine Café for breakfast and lunch. Several small vineyards in the area give tours and wine tasting.