RCMBA hosts a ride the second Saturday of each month. Although some monthly rides might be local, we want to make these group rides fall a little out of the ordinary. With this in mind, we will be riding the South Fork Trinity River Trail for the June ride (originally was going to be May but was moved). The trail begins in the Hell Gate campground, just off Highway 36 near the tiny town of Forest Glen. Although the first few miles are on double-track, much of the ride is on single track as you move upriver. The trail is not technical and all abilities can enjoy it although there are a couple sections that are exposed. Riders not comfortable with this, can easily walk these sections. There is a bit of poison oak as well, really isolated to one area. This trail is an out and back and so riders can go as far as they want. Board Member Travis James has ridden this trail several times and has posted this video from 2014.
(.gpx file for first 11 miles of trail)
Because this is a bit of a drive (2 hours from Eureka) people are encouraged to camp for the night and make a weekend out of it, several members are planning to starting Friday night. We hope you can join us.
Ride will start at approximately 10:30.
There are two camp areas near the trail head. Hell Gate is more developed but costs some money, not much, and there is a bunch of free camping but might not have toilets. We will place some sort of sign at the split between the two campsites or on the Hell Gate Camp Site's board.
Look for a giant orange tent (image at bottom of page). We are planning on arriving around 8PM on Friday night.
Current Forecast (as of Thursday @ 08:00): This is a shift from the forecast two days ago and they have added a small chance of rain on Saturday morning and the temp will remain cool. The rain shouldn't be a big deal at all, may even help the trails a bit. The cool weather will make swimming a little less desirable as the river will still be relatively cool. BUT it should be fun nonetheless!