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For the ultimate downhill blast, ride to the top of Hickory Mountain Loop, take a minute to catch your breath and prepare to smile all the way to the parking lot, barely needing to pedal. Starts pretty mellow, then gets steeper and has a few drops.
Out here you will find the most legal features including log rides, jumps and rock rolls in South Tahoe including the new jumps, berms, rollers and hips TAMBA and SBTS built in 2014. Built specifically for mountain bikes, a flow trail emphasizes speed and rhythm, featuring berms, rollers, jumps and other features that are designed in a way that uses the rider’s momentum to minimize pedaling and braking (think downhill pump track). Tree down near southern trail head.
Plan on this ride taking all day, it probably won't, but plan on it anyways by starting early. Awesome trail. Stay straight when the trail intersects with a doubletrack and then bear left at an intersection with the winter/horse route. Other features include rock garden (that is rutted on the outer edges because XC peeps avoid it), skinny with twists and some other short elevated bridges. Small tree down between bottom of trail and bridge crossing.
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Normally most of the hikers don't make it to Otero Upper so that section is a little more clear and you can let it hang out a little more. It can be accessed from the base at Old Fort Picnic Grounds or the base of the upper climb. Jewel of the Amasa Back area, relatively new to the other trails. Some wet/muddy creek crossings, but otherwise dry. Even though it is a short trail it is extremely fun to ride.
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Fast and flowing with big jump options and some pretty crazy gap jumps. Great conditions today. The objectives of this project are to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and ability level, and to increase the diversity of riding opportunities, demonstrate innovative and sustainable trail building design and techniques, and provide a model for other land managers for similar types of projects. One of the best downhills in the area. Rose meadows and finishing with this trail.