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Mountain Bike California

Mountain Biking
MTB New Trails, Bike Clubs, Races

single track

With a variety of terrains & scenery, California has an abundance of areas to ride bikes off road. Mountain biking was supposedly born in California between 1970-80’s (Marin County to be exact) and therefore, it is a very popular activity in the golden state.  History of Mountain Biking

California biking clubs: social, hobby or hard core! From beginner to advanced, you’ll find a new trails on here.

Many alpine snow ski centers become mountain bike havens in the summer months. They shuttle you up on their ski lifts and then you get an exhilarating downhill.


places NOT to ride:

NFSlogoCalifornia National Forests

San Bernardino
Los Padres
Six Rivers
El Dorado

California bike trails

Mountain biking near the Grandview Mine in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, overlooking the Eastern Sierra

Real Maps: the best trail maps around are HARD COPIES = Tom Harrison Maps – water & tear resistant plastic topo maps

inyo maps small towns for mountain biking:

Angels Camp
June Lake
Borrego Springs
Santa Barbara
Santa Ynez
Arroyo Grande


Moab, Utah

Outdoor recreation mecca – MOAB, UT has so many locations to ride; from secluded dirt roads, to red rock canyons, slick-rock faces, to upper elevation aspen groves in the La Sal mountains.

Moab is a very popular destination, so make your reservations early. Or just grab a good maps and pitch a tent on any dirt road (and sleep for free).


close up bike


Mountain Bike Tours / Guides

Gravity Activated Sports
Palomar Plunge
16220 Hwy 76
PO Box 683
Pauma Valley, CA 92061

Marin Mountain Bike Tours
415 387-1486

Rock Industries Unlimited, Inc.
PO Box 5081
Norco, CA 92860-5081

Santa Barbara Adventure Co.
PO Box 208
Santa Barbara CA 93102

Stoked SF
San Francisco Bay Area
519 Nevada Street
Sausalito, CA 94965


California Bicycle Coalition
– transportation & recreation

Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association
multi-use trails in Santa Monica Mountains

East Bay Bicycle Coalition – transportation & recreation

International Mountain Biking Association

Pasadena Mountain Bike Club (?)
San Gabriel Mountains

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

San Diego Bicycle Club

SHARE Mountain Bike Club
– Orange County Biking Club

Silicone Valley Mountain Bikers
– San Mateo & Santa Clara counties

Southern California Mountain Biking – mountain bike club


Big Bear Lake

Snow Summit Ski area
Open to mountain biking with chair lift

Snow Valley
909- 867-2751
Running Springs, CA 92382
Open to mountain biking from Memorial Day to Labor Day

San Bernardino National Forest
Miles of forest roads around Big Bear Lake & most all trails allow mountain bikes. “Rim of the World Drive” Fawnskin and  Holcomb Valley with a network of dirt roads.

Borrego Springs

The Palms at Indian Head
Mountain Bike Rentals @ Hotel

Gold Country

East Bullards Bar Trail, near Yuba City & Lake Oroville

Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) – group of volunteers educating riders and building trails. They maintain trails and have weekly rides in the area.

North Mojave Desert

Randsburg (Mining Camp)

Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Mountain
Alabama Hills Eastern Sierra, Lone Pine, CA
June Lake dirt back roads
Inyo National Forest

San Diego

Rancho Cuyamaca on Hwy. 79 @ S-1 jct
Cleveland National Forest

San Francisco

Bay Area Ridge Trail
multi-use trail overlooking the San Francisco Bay

Napa County Bike Trails

Half Moon Campground
Half Moon Campground, Los Padres NF

technical trails

Horseback Rides Bishop

Horse Rentals Eastern Sierra
Horseback Riding near Bishop

US Highway 395 California

Rovana Horse

Cottonwood Pack Station
Horseshow Meadow Road #16S02
Lone Pine, CA 93545
+15594782258 summer
+17608728331 all year

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit
3244 Lake Mary Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

McGee Creek Pack Station
2990 McGee Creek Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Mill Pond Equestrian Center
590 Rocking K Rd
Bishop, CA 93514


Onion Valley Pack Station
Onion Valley Rd
Independence, CA

Pine Creek Pack Station
85 Pine Creek Rd
Bishop, CA 93514

Rainbow Pack Outfitters
5845 South Lake Rd
Bishop, CA 93514

Rock Creek Pack Station
Upper Rock Creek Canyon
9001 Rock Creek Rd
Bishop, CA 93514

saddle shack

Horse Camping near Bishop, CA

Horseshow Meadow Road #16S02
Cottonwood Lakes Campground

Reds Meadow Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA


Horse Camping Areas

USFS Inyo National Forest – Horse Camping


see also
OverNight Horse Pack Trips

Yosemite BLM Camping

merced BLM sign

BLM Merced River
Cheaper Camping
West of Yosemite NP

California Highway 140 (CA State Route 140) accesses Yosemite National Park from the west side @ Mariposa, CA. This not-so-secret camp spot is set in an ideal location, off the main highway and right on the river.

river road

Merced River crosses the highway near MidPines @ Briceburg Road, with 3 small BLM campgrounds located along the river. These river camps are open all year round, are dirt cheap and only available on a first come, first serve basis. There are numerous walk-in camp sites, where you must haul your gear and park a short distance away.


Briceburg River Road

BLM Briceburg Visitors Center
OPEN ONLY Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Dirt road access w/ turn off at the Briceburg Information Center on California Highway 140. West of El Portal, CA and east of MidPines. Nearest grocery and services are 12 miles away to the west in Mariposa, California

BRING ALL YOU NEED for your overnight stay, as driving in and out on this (20 mph) dirt road can be an easy “half-day affair” with road conditions, passing traffic, potholes, stops for lunch, sightseeing and a gasoline stop. If you plan to do day-trips into Yosemite National Park – be aware that Yosemite Valley is ONE hour away from Briceburg, eastward via paved mountain roads.

Driving this non-paved route requires crossing a narrow suspension bridge, where big vehicles, RVs, trailers and rigs longer than 18′ are not recommended. The one-lane, dead-end dirt road hugs the cliff edge, above the river, is one lane in some spots, and mostly graded with a few pot holes; almost 5 miles long – ending at a locked gate with trailhead parking. Next to a vault toilet. (Not an ideal spot to be stuck at)

briceburg bridge
Briceburg Suspension Bridge
  • camping

  • fishing

  • hiking

  • kayaking

  • river rafting

  • swimming

  • wildflowers

campground full

Merced River Recreation Management Area

rare empty campsite


BLM Campgrounds @ Merced River

vault toilet, picnic table, fire ring
and an overnight fee to go with

McCabe Flat Campground

Willow Placer Campground

Railroad Flat Campground

last camp view

BLM Hiking @ Merced River

This rugged canyon was the site of the historic railway called YVRR (Yosemite Valley Railroad), which hugs the Merced River for many miles. Now numerous hiking and biking trails. Dog friendly BLM campground. Walk-in campsites.

The old Yosemite Valley Railroad Grade
wildflower merced
California milkweed

merced poppy patch

PCT Highlights

Pacific Crest Hiking Trail

Bucks Lake Wilderness – Silver Lake to Gold Lake ridge line hiking trail.



Highlights of the PCT route:

(from south to north)


elevation: high altitude

PCT maps: topographic


burney falls

Mountain Camping California

destination: outdoors

real pine forests, cedar, fir, spruce, & hardwood; higher elevation, sierra nevada, north state, streams, river & lakes, campgrounds, RV camps, tent camping, backpacking trailheads, mountain biking areas,  wilderness camps, hot springs

Hiking California
Vogelsang Pass, Yosemite Backcountry


Agua Tibia Wilderness
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine
Algoma Campground @ McCloud
Almanor Lake
Almanor Resorts
American River California
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Angeles Campgrounds
Angeles National Forest
Angeles Oaks, SoCal
Angels Camp, Gold Rush Country
Ansel Adams Wilderness
Aspendell, Bishop Creek
Armstrong State Park, NorCal
Arnold, CA, Sierra Nevada
Lake Arrowhead Camping
Aspendell, Lakes & Bishop Creek
Atwell Mill Campground, Mineral King
Auburn Camping, American River
Austin Creek SRA, Bullfrog Pond Campground

Balch Park, Sequoia Mountain Home SF
Bass Lake Camping
Bear Campground,  Angeles NF #7N23
Bear Meadow, Sequoia NF #23S64
Bear River, California
Belden Town, North Fork Feather River

Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz Redwoods
Big Bear Lake, So Cal
Big Meadow Road #14S11, Sequoia
Blackrock Reservoir, Kings River

Blue Lakes Camping
Bucks Lake Campgrounds
Bucks Lake Wilderness
Burney Falls State Park Camping

California Fire Lookouts
NFS Cabins Rentals

Calaveras Big Trees, Gold Country
Camp Nelson, Giant Sequoia
Canyon Creek Campground, Sierra Nevada
Carson River, California
Lake Castaic Camping L.A.
Castle Crag State Park, W of Shasta
Cave Campground, Hat Creek
Cleveland NF, Laguna Mtn, San Diego
Convict Lake, Eastern Sierra
Courtright Reservoir, W Sierra
Coyote Lake, 4×4 Camp, W Sierra
Lake Crowley, Eastern Sierra
Crocker Campground, Lake Davis
Lake Cuyamaca Camping, E San Diego
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego

Dardanelle, Sonora Pass
Lake Davis Loop, Plumas NF #24N10
Deanes Valley Campground, Plumas NF
Desolation Wilderness, Tahoe
Dick Smith Wilderness, Los Padres NF

Dinkey Creek Camping, Sierra NF
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

Dolomite Campground, Vegas
Dome Land Wilderness, Sequoia NF
Dome Springs Campground, Los Padres
Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee

Douglas City Campground, Trinity River

Eastern Sierra Camping

El Dorado Campgrounds, Gold Country
El Dorado Camping
El Dorado National Forest

Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass
Feather River, North Sierra
Forks of the Kern, Sequoia NF #22S82

South Yuba Campground BLM
South Yuba Campground BLM

Gold Lake California
Grant Grove, Kings Canyon NP
Green Creek Road, Eastern Sierra
Green Valley Lake, Big Bear

Grover Hot Springs State Park, S Tahoe
Gurnsey Campground, Lassen NF

Happy Camp, Klamath River
Hat Creek Campground NFS, Lassen Fishing
Huntington Lake, Sierra Nevada
Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra
Hope Valley Camping, Tahoe
Horse Meadow Campground, Eastern Sierra
Hume Lake Camping, Sequoia
Huntington Lake, W Sierra

Inyo Back Roads Camping
Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra
Isabella Lake Camp, Kern River

Jackson, Gold Country Foothills
Jennie Lakes Wilderness, Sequoia
John Muir Wilderness
Julian, San Diego Mountains
June Lake Loop Campgrounds
Juniper Lake, Lassen NP
Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia NP

Kaiser Wilderness, W Sierra
Kennedy Meadows, Kern

Kern Flats Free Camping
Kern River California
Kern River, Southern Sierra
Kern River Campgrounds
Kern River Camping
Kern River Hot Springs
Kernville, California – Southern Sierra
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings River Camping
Kirch Flat Campground, Kings
Lower Kings River Road #12S01

Kirkwood Lake, Carson Pass
Klamath National Forest
Klamath Lakes, California

Klamath River, Northern Cal


Laguna Hanson, Baja California
Sierra Juarez Mountains

Lake Hemet, Idyllwild
Lake Oroville SRA
Lake Tahoe Campgrounds
Lake Tahoe Towns

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

Lassen Forest Roads

Lassen Lakes, Fishing Camping
Lassen National Forest
Lassen Volcanic NP

Lily Pad Campground, Wishon
Little Grass Valley Reservoir
Long Valley Campground, Kern

Los Padres Camping
Los Padres Group Campgrounds
Los Padres National Forest

Lundy Lake, Eastern Sierra

Mahogany Flat Campground, DVNP
Mammoth Lakes, Eastern Sierra
Mammoth Pool Reservoir, W Sierra
Marble Mountain Wilderness
Markleeville, Sierra Nevada
McArthur-Burney Falls Campground
McCloud Camping, Shasta NF
McCloud River & Falls
McGee Creek Campground, Eastern Sierra
McKinley Sequoia Grove, Western Sierra

Meadow Valley, Plumas NF
Mendocino National Forest
Merced River California
Mineral King Canyon, Sequoia NP
Mill Creek California
Modoc National Forest
Mono Hot Springs, Sierra NF
Mono Lake California
Mt Abel, Camp-O-Alto @ Cerro Noroeste
Mount Charleston, Vegas
Mount Laguna, E San Diego

Mount Pinos Campgrounds
Mountain Home State Forest, Sequoias


National Forest Cabins
Nettle Springs Campground, Los Padres
New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Gold Country
New Melones Reservoir, Gold Country Foothills
North Bloomfield,  Gold Country
North San Juan, Gold Country

Ojai Camping, Los Padres NF
Onion Valley Campground, Eastern Sierra
Oroville Camping, Feather Rivers Recreation

PCT – Backpacking the High Sierra
Pacific Crest Trail Maps & Guide Books
PCT Highlights in California

Palomar Mountain, N San Diego
Palomar Mountain State Park

Pine Creek Wilderness, E San Diego
Pinecrest Lake Camping
Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River
Pine Mountain, Mount Pinos

Plumas Campgrounds
Plumas Fishing Camping
Plumas National Forest
Pyramid Lake, N Los Angeles
Ponderosa, Giant Sequoia

Primitive Camping California

Quatal Canyon, Los Padres Rd #9N09
Quincy Camping, Plumas NF

Red Lake, 4×4 Camp, W Sierra
Redinger Lake, Western Sierra
Remington Hot Springs, Kern
Reyes Peak, N Ojai, Los Padres NF

Rock Creek, California
Rock Creek Campgrounds
Rock Front Ranch, 4×4 Camping
Ross Camp, Jamison Creek


Saddlebag Lake Campground, Tioga
Salmon River, NorCal
San Bernardino NF, Big Bear

Sand Pond, Lakes Basin
San Diego Mountains
San Diego Group Camping

Salmon River, Northern Cal
Samuel P Taylor Campground, Redwoods SF

San Gorgonio Wilderness, Big Bear
San Joaquin River, Sierra Nevada
Mount San Jacinto Camping
San Jacinto Wilderness, Idyllwild

San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
San Rafael Wilderness, Los Padres NF

Santa Lucia Camping, Central Coast
Santa Lucia Wilderness

Sardine Lake, Lakes Basin
Sawmill Lake, Sierra Nevada
Scott River, California

Sequoia Lakes
Sequoia National Forest Camping
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia OHV Camping

Sespe Hot Springs
Sespe Wilderness
Shasta-Trinity Forest, NorCal
Lake Shasta Campgrounds

Shaver Lake Camping
Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin
San Madre Ridge, Los Padres NF
Sierra National Forest
Sierra NF Rd #9, Big Creek

Sierra Nevada Lakes
Sierra RV Parks

Silver Lake California (more than one)
Silver Peak Wilderness, Big Sur
Silverwood Lake SRA, Los Angeles
Silver City, Mineral King, Sequoia NP
Sinkyone Wilderness, Lost Coast
Siskiyou Wilderness, Klamath

Six Rivers National Forest

Smith Lake, Lakes Basin
Smith River NRA

Snag Lake Campground, Lakes Basin
Snake Lake Campground, Quincy
Snow Mountain Wilderness, Mendo NF

Snow Towns in California

South Warner Wilderness, Modoc
South Yuba River Camping
Stanislaus & Sonora Pass, Sierra Nevada
Stanislaus River California 
Stanislaus Sonora Camping

Sugarloaf Ridge, Sequoia NF 23N16
Susan River, California mtnbikeforest

Tahoe Camping
Tahoe Lake Campgrounds
Tahoe National Forest

Tent Cabins in California

Thorndike Campground, DVNP

Three Rivers, Sequoia NP
Toiyabe National Forest
Topaz Lake, Eastern Sierra
Trinity Lake Campgrounds
Trinity Alps Wilderness, NorCal
Trinity River, Northern Cal

Truckee River California
Tule River California 
Tuttle Creek Campground, Eastern Sierra
Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

Valle Vista Campground, Los Padres
Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur
Virginia Lakes Camping

Walker Lake, Inyo Rd #1S23
Weaverville Camping, Trinity River
Weed, California, Mount Shasta
Whiskeytown Reservoir, W Redding
Wishon Lake, Western Sierra

Wrightwood, Angeles Crest

Yolla Bolly Wilderness
Yosemite Lakes
Yosemite National Park
Yuba River California



see also –

All Lake Campgrounds in California
Autumn Colors Camping in California
Bear in California
Free Campgrounds in Sierra
Free RV Camping

Horse Pack Camping Trips
Primitive Camping California 

RV Parks Northern California
RV Park Klamath River
Sierra Lakes California
Sunrise at Camp
Tent Cabins in California
Walk-In Camp Sites
Yellow Post Campsites
4×4 Camping California 


Horse Pack Outfitters California

Horse Packers &
Horse Pack Stations in California

Kearsarge Pass, John Muir Wilderness @ Onion Valley

pack horses
horseback camping
horse pack trips
pack trains

high sierra packs

& wild horses in California


Overnight Guided Horse Trips into the backcountry wilderness

The most scenic spots in the California high country can only be accessed by foot. If your physical body is not up for carrying all the gear (weight) on your back (backpacking) and hiking (trekking) on foot, uphill for (many) miles, then an overnight horse camping trip (horse packing) may be an option to consider.

Get way out there – with guided professionals. Camp the real back country wilderness. No campground crowds, no RVs humming, no easy access! These experienced stock animals are well trained, familiar & dependable on the trails. Specific interests tours and custom destinations can make it worth your wild. Fishing alpine lakes, hot springs, wildflowers, high country camping (in style). Guides usually provide the camping tents, food and meal prep.

yosemite HSC packer
Yosemite High Sierra pack team delivers food & essentials to remote camps, the hard way.

Central Coast Mountains

Johnson Horse Camp
2112 Perkins Rd
New Cuyama, CA 93254

Los Padres Outfitters
Santa Barbara Mountains
P.O. Box 748
Carpinteria, CA 93104


Southern Sierra Nevada

Balch Park Pack Station
PO Box 852
Springville, CA 93265
559-539-2227 summer
559-539-3908 winter

Golden Trout Pack Station
Kern River Canyon
Quaking Aspen Pack Station
PO Box 756
Springville, CA 93265
559-542-2816 summer

Kern River Fly Fishing
Kernville, CA

Eastern Sierra Nevada

Bishop Pack Outfitters
247 Cataract RdBishop Pass
Aspendell, CA 93514

Cottonwood Pack Station
Lone Pine, CA
Horseshoe Meadows, Mt Whitney, John Muir Trail

Frontier Pack Station
PO Box 656
June Lake, CA 93529
760-648-7701 summer
760-872-4038 winter

Glacier Pack Train
5 County Rd
Big Pine, CA 93513
Big Pine Lake, Palisade Glacier

JC High Country
Little Antelope Pack Station
Mill Canyon Rd
PO Box 179
Coleville, CA 96107
backcountry fishing & hunting trips
Antelope Valley Pack Station

Wolf Creek Pack Station

Leavitt Meadows Pack
Hwy 108, Sonora Pass
Bridgeport, CA

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit
PO Box 61
Mammoth Lakes CA 93546mammoth map
800-495-2569 winter

McGee Creek Pack Station
2990 McGee Creek Road
Crowley Lake, CA 93546
760-935-4324 summer
760-878-2207 winter

Reds Meadow Pack Station
Agnew Meadow
PO Box 395, Mammoth, CA 93546

Rainbow Pack Station
PO Box 1791
Bishop, CA 93514

Rock Creek Pack Station
Mt. Whitney Pack Trains

PO Box 248
Bishop, CA 93515
760-872-8331 winter
760-935-4493 summer

Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit
US Highway 395
Bridgeport CA 93517
760-937-0326 summer
702-872-8331 winter


Mineral King Valley, South Sequoia National Park

West Central Sierra & Yosemite

Aspen Meadow Pack Station
Dodge Ridge
Pinecrest Lake, CA

Cedar Grove Pack Station
Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia Kings Canyon Map
559-565-3464 summer
559-337-2413 winter

Clyde Pack Outfitters
Dinkey Creek, Wishon, CA

D & F Pack Station
Huntington Lake
PO Box 156
Lakeshore, CA 93634

Horse Corral Packers
Sequoia National Park
PO Box 546
Woodlake, CA 93286
559-565-3404 summer
559-564-6429 winter
Mineral King Valley, Giant Sequoia National Monument

High Sierra Pack Station
Mono Hot Springs, CA 93642
559-285-7225 summer
559-299-8297 winter

Lost Valley Pack Station
Florence Lake
Lakeshore, CA 93634

Mather Pack Station
North Yosemite
35250 “A” Mather Road
Groveland, CA 95321

Minarets Pack Station
PO Box 1461
North Fork, CA 93643

Muir Trail Ranch
Blayney Meadow
PO Box 269,
Ahwahnee, CA 93601

Yosemite Trails Pack
7910 Jackson Road
Fish Camp, CA 93623


Lake Tahoe & Northern Sierra

Alpine Meadows Stables
Tahoe City
355 Alpine Meadows RdTahoe Maps
Alpine Meadows, CA 96146

Camp Richardson Corral
Emerald Bay
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

Reid Horse
Gold Lake Pack Station

7000 Gold Lake Hwy
Graeagle, CA 96103
530-836-0940 (Gold Lk)
530-836-0430 (Graeagle)
Bucks Lakes Wilderness, Lakes Basin Recreation Area

Northern California

Coffee Creek Ranch
14310 Coffee Creek Rd
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Coffee Creek, CA 96091


see also – Llama Pack Trips


Wild Horses in California


Wild Horse Sanctuary
5796 Wilson Hill Road
Shingletown, CA 96088
(overnight treks on horseback to view wild horses)

Wild Horses in Northern California near Lassen Peak, North Sierra Nevada mountains. The mission of the Wild Horse Sanctuary is to protect and preserve America’s wild horses as a living national treasure by providing range sanctuary in an ecologically balanced environment open to the public.


BLM Wild Horses & Burros
Bureau of Land Management
California Herd Management Areas

BLM California manages 21 wild horse and burro herd management areas on approximately 2.5 million acres. Adoption and sales.

onion valley horse
High elevation, Eastern Sierra @ Onion Valley Corrals
horse and baby
Baby Sierra sees a horse for the first time. Photo copyright (2005) Morgan & Lisa
Horse Meadow Campground near Big Meadow, Kern Plateau