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Biking hikes

Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere outside Yosemite National Park

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Biking hikes

Postby dm15430@gmail.com » Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:58 pm

Wanted to know more on trails where biking is possible, even 3/4th of the trail allows for biking then I am good. Please do reply

(Say for example, north dome, I have visited that and is good for biking also)
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Postby AlmostThere » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:12 pm

You can't bike on trails in Yosemite at all, period. Nor any other National Park. Against the rules. You can bike on roads, even on ones that are gated and no cars allowed.

Some of the state parks have great biking trails - lots of the parks in the Santa Cruz mountains, for example. Henry Coe State Park has all kinds of bike trails.
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Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:03 pm

True--but I will recommend one great bike ride in Yosemite. Start at the Big Oak Flat entrance station, and bike through Hodgdon Meadow campground, follow that road through the staff housing, and keep going. It will drop a bit, and then give you a nice and pretty darn steep six mile climb into the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias. And once you ride back out of there, you can hit Tioga road, turn right, and follow it about 10-12 miles back the entrance station.

I did it a few years ago on a road bike ( at the suggestion of the ranger) but I have to say that it was nuts. Much better for a mountain bike. I had to get off at a couple of places and carry my road bike over some short but very rough stretches of rocks.

A great ride---but don't expect any help if you break down. I didn't see another soul.
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Postby bill-e-g » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:43 am

Cmon. This guy PM'd me and asked this.
Here's my reponses:
(to which I will add DO NOT TAKE your bike on North Dome Trail!)

Here's my response:

Bikes aren't allowed on any trails in Yosemite.
They're not allowed in ANY wilderness area.

You CAN bike Foresta Rd. from Foresta down or up to/from El Portal.
Other than that biking is very limited in Yosemite.
I wouldn't see too much of an issue biking Old Coulterville to
Little Nellie.... it's a road... and def. doesn't get a huge amount of
foot traffic.
All the other trails... including North Dome... def. no bikes.


There is absolutely no doubt that you would receive a fine
if you were caught on a trail by a backcountry ranger.
I wouldn't doubt that it would also require a mandatory
meeting with the magistrate in Yosemite Valley. In other
words, you would have to somehow get your butt back into
Yosemite Valley on the exact day they impose on you
to meet the magistrate and get reemed a new one.
I would highly recommend that you don't try biking on many
of the trails, it's just not worth it imo. Believe me you
are taking a big risk because I know I frequently see
backcountry rangers on the trail and get asked to see
During the summer the trails are teeming with people too
and they won't appreciate it. It only takes one person to
complain and then you are screwed.
After the trails are dried up I'd contend that horses do far
more damage than a bike would... but rules are rules...
I'd suggest you follow them.
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