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General Information: Armstrong Pass is a ride for those who love to climb! In under 7 miles, you climb 2500 feet. The first part of the ride climbs up a gravel road for 4 miles then turns onto a nice single track for the last three miles. It is possible to combine this ride with other rides in the area to create a loop ride. The pass offers fine views to the south across Hope Valley. It is also possible to drive the gravel road and ride just the single track cutting the climb by more than half.

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Where To Start: Park at the Forest Service gate located at the end of Oneidas Rd. off Pioneer. Head up the paved/gravel Forest Service road. Alternatively, drive up the gravel road and park off the road near the closed gate. The single track heads right off this road thirty feet before the gate.

Trail Description: For the first part of the ride, there's not much to say except keep climbing. The paved Forest Service road crosses Trout Creek then begins to climb, sometimes steeply for the next four miles. Along the way you will pass the start of the Coral Loop Ride which we prefer over the road on the way down. Just before a locked gate, a single track trail heads off the road to the right. Follow this trail. It crosses Trout Creek then begins to climb to the south. The trail is obvious and offers fine riding. There are some steep sections but all can be ridden. The final section just before the trail meets the Tahoe Rim Trail is challenging as it comes at the end of the long climb and gets quite steep. Armstrong Pass proper is a few hundred yards to the east of the trail junction. From the pass, a trail heads south into Hope Valley while another trail heads east towards Freel Peek. At the Rim Trail junction, if you turn west (right) you can ride back to Tucker Flat and Mr. Toads Wild Ride or you can continue past Tucker Flat and end up at either Luther Pass or the parking area for Big Meadow. Lots of options!

Environmental Concerns: Ride it, don't slide it!

Advisory: None

 

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