Popular Bike Rides in the Foothills

Most Popular Rural Cycling Roads in Gold Country

Central Calaveras County

Angels Camp

A popular bike route from Angels Camp are the roads often used in the annual Mr Frog Bike Ride held in April. (Map below shows start in Murphy’s) Begin your ride from Mountain Pedaler Bike Store and ride through the hilly neighborhoods of Angels Camp above Greenhorn Creek golf resort. Ride through historic downtown Angels Camp before heading up Highway 4 to the small Gold Rush Camp Vallecito. Its Union Church is a California Historic Landmark. Leaving Vallecito descend down to Parrotts Ferry bridge on New Melones Lake. Return to Highway 4 and head back to Angels camp. Your ride will make a giant loop back through Angels Camp and up to Murphys via Murphys Grade Road. Ride through downtown Murphys and return up French Gulch Road, a favorite local backroad lined with oak trees and hayfields, then back down Murphys Grade Road into Angels Camp.

There are several local restaurants for post ride lunch or coffee at Starbucks.

Route Options from Angels Camp

Dogtown-Calaveritas Out and Back, 28 Miles, Rolling hills and few steep climbs

Dogtown to San Dominican to Stevenot Winery, to Murphy’s

Old Gulch to Michael and Cave City

Why it’s the best

Some of the States most scenic Gold Rush Rural Roads are a short drive from Central Valley, Sacramento and Modesto and 2 hour drive from most Bay Area communities.

How to get there

West Calaveras County offers an never-ending supply of hill climbing in the Foothills, just a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento and Bay Area.

From Stockton take CA Highway 4, for 30 miles to Angels Camp

From Highway 49 take Highway 49 to Angels Camp

Best bike shops in Motherlode

Jackson Family Sports 275 CA-88 Jackson, CA

Mountain Pedaler Bicycle 352 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA

Sonora Cyclery 13867 Mono Way Sonora CA

For more information: Call The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Co-Founder Rob Williams, 209-531-5844 or email rbwilliams72@gmail.com. Check Meetup: Valley Springs Cyclists

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is a fiscally sponsored project of the California Bicycle Education Fund and in Partnership with the Golden Chain Bike Club and Sponsored by Mountain Pedaler, Jackson, and Sonora Bike Stores.

Popular Bike Rides in Foothills

Most Popular Rural Cycling Roads in Gold Country

Pardee, Comanche and Hogan Three Lakes Loop

The Three Lakes Loop is a 35 mile, 3,000 elevation gain bike ride that starts in the the historic railroad town of Valley Springs and then beside the historic Pardee Reservoir. This part of the route features a ride across the Pardee spillway and a historic 1920’s bridge before riding to the Pardee Overlook Rest Stop. The ride continues to Stoney Creek Road, a fast downhill section taking cyclists into Historic Buena Vista. The route then heads out to Comanche Reservoir and then returns to Valley Springs along Burson Road and Rancho Calaveras. The final climb of this ride is up to Hogan Dam Reservoir and returns to Valley Springs. There are several local restaurants for post ride lunch or coffee at Starbucks.

The Three Lakes are hardly a secret in the cycling community! The California Amgen Tour held a KOM Stage at Pardee Lookout in May 2018. And, cyclists boast of the rural country-lined-roads and hill climbs. Valley Springs is a perfect start location to ride in Gold Country.mThe Three Lakes Main Route can be extended with rides to Paloma, Campo Seco, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Plymouth, Volcano and Sutter Creek.

Three Valley Springs Route Options

– Tri Lake Loop, 40 mile, 2,884 elevation gain

– Jackson and Mokelumne Hill Loop, 37mile, 3,360 elevation gain

– Ione to Sutter Creek, 50 mile Loop 4,000 elevation gain

Why it’s the best

Some of the States most scenic Gold Rush Rural Roads are a short drive from Central Valley, Sacramento and Modesto and 2 hour drive from most Bay Area communities.

How to get there

West Calaveras County offers an never-ending supply of hill climbing in the Foothills, just a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento and Bay Area.

From Stockton take CA 26 for 30 miles to Valley Springs.

From Highway 49 take Highway 12 or 26 to Valley Springs.

Best bike shops in Motherlode

Jackson Family Sports 275 CA-88 Jackson, CA

Mountain Pedaler Bicycle 352 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA

Sonora Cyclery 13867 Mono Way Sonora CA

For more information call The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Founder Rob Williams, 209-531-5844 or email rbwilliams72@gmail.com. Check Meetup: Valley Springs Cyclists