Mountain biking is a favorite pursuit for many visitors to Plumas County. The surrounding forest land provides many miles of biking opportunities, including abandoned logging roads, trails and some backcountry roads, offering a good cross-section of terrain and topography.
a free copy of the Plumas County
Mountain Bike Trail Guide, which details
some of the area's best forest routes and
other trails - Click on image to the left.
The guide is also available at visitor information centers throughout the county. Maps of these trails also can be obtained at the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050. For the trails listed in the Almanor area, contact Bodfish Bicycles in Chester (530) 258-2338.
Mountain biking is not permitted in designated wilderness areas of the forest, or on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club hosts rides
throughout the county on both paved and unpaved
roads. Visitors are welcome! Be sure to
check out their
In the Eastern Plumas area, mountain bikers can find plenty of challenging terrain in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including a trail that leads to a tremendous view from a lookout tower at 7,340 feet on Mills Peak. Starting in Portola, mountain bikers have a choice of a rugged mountain or a rolling meadow trail. Lake Davis near Portola has a flat trail with good bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. There are two trails near Frenchman Lake in the Sierra Valley, both of which are rated most difficult.
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship group is a volunteer driven non-profit whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of the trail systems in Plumas and Sierra Counties. Their excellent map highlighting the varied terrain and world-class trails of the Lakes Basin trail system is available for $15.00. To see what a mountain bike ride in the Lakes Basin area looks like, go to this video. Wow!
The Central Plumas area boasts a newly rehabilitated single track
loop just over Bucks Summit on the way to Bucks Lake, west of Quincy. Snake
Lake, also off Bucks Lake Road, is home to a scenic, moderate loop on dirt
roads. A number of moderate loop options are available just outside of Quincy
off Chandler Road in an area known locally as "South Park." Here, the Cascade
Trail follows the banks of a creek.
More difficult routes are located outside of Greenville, near Antelope Lake, where the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is working to restore an 18-mile trail system destroyed by wildfires.
The 13-mile single track trail around Little Grass Valley Reservoir, near La Porte, is a popular route.
The Almanor Basin area in the north end of the county features a paved route that follows the west shore of Lake Almanor. Another flat loop trail suited for families that follows the upper reaches of Lake Almanor as well as a creek. West of Highway 89, a forest service road leading to Humboldt Summit and Humbug Valley also is a popular ride.
Mile High Century Bike Ride - Chester - June 16
Tour De Manure - Sierraville - June 16
Bear Growl Grinder - Sept. 15