Road and Mountain biking is a favorite past time in Eastern Plumas County. Seemingly endless scenic roads will amaze and delight you as you ride along on your road bike. For the mountain bikes there are numerous trails throughout Eastern Plumas County.
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Plumas Sierra Bike Club hosts rides throughout the county. Visitors are welcome. See their web page www.psbicycleclub.org for more information.
Area Bike Trails:
- Mills Peak Lookout. 6 miles one way. Moderate. Average ride time 1.5 hours This trail along dirt roads in the Lakes Basin Recreation Are climbs from 6500 feet to 7340 feet to a lookout that looks over Eastern Plumas County. To get to the trail head take hwy 89 south from Graeagle, take the Gold Lake Hwy to the junction of Mills Peak Road (Cty Rd 721/822) Park at the turnout across from the intersection. Bike 1.5 miles on Cty Rd 721, the north on Cty Rd 822 for 4.5 miles to the lookout.
- Lake Davis Loop. 20 miles. Easy. Average ride time 2 hours. A flat, easy loop around Lake Davis. Elevation is 5,800 Feet. The route is a mix of paved and dirt/gravel road. There are picnic areas along the way, lake views, bird and wildlife viewing, Jenkins Sheep Camp, artesian spring along the Beckworth Trail. From Portola take West St/Lake Davis Rd about 7 miles to the Lake Davis Dam parking area. Bike aprox 2 miles Southwest to the Old Camp 5 turnoff on the right (Forest Service Rd 24N10) travel on that road for about 8.1 miles to County Rd 112. Turn right (east) and continue around the lake, to Lake Davis Rd (County Rd 126) and continue back to the dam. Stop in at J & J's Grizzly Store (1/4 mile south of the dam) for more information about additional biking trails in the Lake Davis area.
- Dixie Mountain. 15.6 miles. Difficult. Average time 2 hours. A loop ride to one of the Frenchman Lake lookouts. Elevation range 5630 to 7840 feet. Dirt/gravel roads and a short area of single track. From Chilcoot, go north on Hwy 284 for 8 miles to Frenchman Dam. Proceed on 25N11 for xic miles to 24N02Y. Signage will say Dixie Mountain Lookout. Bike west from the junction to mile post 6.4 at Dixie Trail, then northeast on 25N03 to 25N11. Take 25N11 back to starting point. For spectacular view from the Dixie Mountain Lookout take a side trip (about 1/3 mile) to the end of 24N02Y.
- Crystal Peak. 10 miles. Moderate. Ride Time 2 hours. Near Frenchman Lake, excellent views and goes through an area with old mines and abandoned cabins. Dirt road climbs from 5075 to 7780 feet. From Chilcoot, go north on Highway 284 approximately 5 miles. Beyond Chilcoot Campground is a one lane bridge. Park at the Choke Cherry Day Use Area on the right. Start the ride at Forest Service Road 24N44 junction at Hwy 284.
When biking remember to respect other trail users by slowing down before approaching hikers or horses, and staying on the trails.
Biking is not allowed in the Bucks Lake Wilderness and Caribou Wilderness areas, nor on the Pacific Crest Trail. For Maps and more details on the trails listed, contact the Plumas National Forest (530) 836-2575.