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General Information: The Coral Loop is a paved ascent but the single track descent makes it a fun ride. Add to that the beautiful forested setting and this ride is more like a 3 1/2 star ride. It is also a natural extension of the Power Line Ride.

Where To Start: Park at the Forest Service gate located at the end of Oneidas Rd. off Pioneer. Head up the paved Forest Service road.

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Trail Description: Not much to say here except keep climbing. The paved Forest Service road crosses Trout Creek then begins to climb, sometimes steeply for the next two miles. You'll know you're close when you cross another creek. Continue 1/8 mile farther where you'll see the remains of an old coral on the left side of the road. The trail starts here next to the Coral fencing.

Once on the trail, it is hard to miss. The single track heads down the mountain fairly steeply and has some technical sections and sandy areas so caution is advised. You'll cross a stream or two but with the exception of a couple of small ascents, you just continue to descend. Eventually, the trail straightens and the desire to let the bike go will grow, but be mindful of rocks and deep sand (especially in mid-summer) that have proven catastrophic for some! Finally the trail "T's" into a wide trail beneath some power lines, this is actually the Power Line Ride. Turn left, head down the hill, cross the first bridge then take the dirt road that branches off left. If you don't make the turn, you'll quickly come to a second bridge, then you'll know you've gone too far. Follow this dirt road back to the paved Forest Service Road, turn right, cross a bridge, and ride back to the gate at Oneidas.

Extension 1: Connect the Power Line Ride with this ride to create an 18 mile (r/t) ride with about 2000 feet of vertical gain/loss.

Extension 2: The paved road continues past the old coral for another 1.6 miles of steep climbing adding about 800 feet of vertical ascent/descent. For a more complete description of this ride see the Armstrong Pass Ride.

Environmental Concerns: Powerline Trail crosses many seasonal creeks do not have bridges and which saturate the soil during the the spring run-off. Please avoid the tempation to go around every wet area as this increases trail width and causes erosion.

Advisory: This ride is completely on government land, but comes close to many private areas. The property owners on either side of the trail can be very protective of their property so please stay off their land.

 

 

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