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This loop out of Foresthill is one of the most scenic and challenging rides in the area. The challenges include severe climbing, long distances without available water, and extreme heat climbing out of a canyon in the afternoon. It is recommended you take all precautions to ensure you have adequate water for this venture.

The ride begins with a 10 mile drop down the canyon to the Circle Bridge. Take an extra water bottle with you and hide it somewhere nearby for the return trip. Continue riding along Mosquito Ridge Rd until you see the sign to Oxbow Reservoir where another long descent awaits. At mile 13.8, the serious climbing up the Corkscrew begins for 4.5 miles. At mile 33.7, a spring (pipe with water flowing out) on the left side of the road is available to refill your bottles. When you arrive at French Meadows Dam, you can optionally ride along the right side of the lake to a campground for water and restrooms. This is an additional three mile out and back to the loop. On the ride back to the Circle Bridge, enjoy a scenic 18 mile stretch of downhill. The Big Trees Grove Park may have water available. At Circle Bridge, pick up your stashed water for the long nine mile climb back up. A detour on Soap St. provides an alternative route through Foresthill back to the parking lot at the ride start.

 

Miles Type Notes
0 START Foresthill Elementary School - head downhill on Main St
0.6 STRAIGHT STOP SIGN - merge with Foresthill Rd
0.7 LEFT Left onto MOSQUITO RIDGE ROAD
10.2 WATER CIRCLE BRIDGE - leave extra water for return climb to Foresthill
11.7 RIGHT Right onto BLACKSMITH FLAT RD - start decent to Oxbow Reservoir
12.5 LEFT Stay left at "T" intersection
13.1 VALLEY RESTROOMS at Ralston Picnic Area
13.8 Hors category OXBOW POWERHOUSE - start climb of Ralston Ridge - AKA: Corkscrew
18.3 SUMMIT Top of Ralston Ridge Climb - 4.5 miles/2600'
23.6 RIGHT Stay right at paved fork in road
29.5 LEFT Stay left (right is Ramsey's Crossing Rd -which leads to Georgetown)  
32.5 STRAIGHT merges with ELEVEN PINES RD
33.7 WATER H2O - Spring is on the left side
34.2 LEFT junction with Hell Hole Rd
40.6 LEFT FRENCH MEADOWS DAM - left onto MOSQUITO RIDGE RD 
40.6 Optional 3 mile out & back to campground for water/rest rooms
42.2 SUMMIT Red Star Ridge
44 VALLEY Duncan Creek
47.8 SUMMIT junction with Robinson Flat Rd(dirt)- elevation 5988' - start 18 mile descent
51.3 STRAIGHT Big Trees Grove Park - (one miles distance from Mosquito Rd)
55.2 STRAIGHT junction with Interbay Rd
58.8 STRAIGHT viewpoint - Mile 17 overlook
62 STRAIGHT The Mosquito Narrows - cliff area
66.1 WATER CIRCLE BRIDGE -pick-up stashed water for return climb to Foresthill
74.8 RIGHT Slight right at SOAP ST. - gear down
75.1 RIGHT turn right on MAIN ST
75.3 END  sprint to school parking lot

 





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