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007 Trail

This trail starts at the south end of Bass Lake, Ca at the intersection of Rd. 274 and Central Camp Rd. and is best done on a long travel full suspension bike. There is a parking area here next to the water flume that feeds Bass Lake from the snow melt. There are three sections of this trail as it crosses Central Camp Rd. twice on it’s way down to Bass Lake. The lower section ends at the beginning of Central Camp Rd. on the left just before the gate by rd. 274. The gate is closed during the winter months but you can ride around it to access the trail system. This section is fast and rocky with over 40 jumps if you are into it or just ride around them. Some of these jumps are big and all of them can get you big air if you hit them with speed. If you have never done this trail before, I recommend that you ride up the trail the first time to see what to expect on the way down. After you know the trail, I would suggest riding up Central Camp Road as there is a chance of problems climbing up when other riders are coming down. A word of warning about this trail, motorcycles do use this trail and they usually go up the trail- so listen for them.

When riding up Central Camp Rd, the lower section starts about 3-1/2 miles up on the left, just before the Bass Lake Overlook pullout. On the right, just before the overlook, you will see where the second section meets the road. If you continue up the road, you will go through a big right bend in the road and come upon a cattle corral /loading zone. Just up the road from here on the right, is the easy drop in for the second section of 007. This avoids the rock garden section by intersecting just below it. If you continue up the road you will see the most popular entrance to the second section and if you look to the left, you will see the end of the first section which drops down to the road with an easy and big drop ending. If you start with the second section, this trail will take you through the rock garden on your way down to the 1st section. This rock garden is about 100 yards long and pretty rough so do not attempt it on a hard tail.

If you want to try all three sections, keep riding up Central Camp Rd past the second section drop in about another mile and you will come to a wide dirt road on the left. This is Francis Junction Rd. and if you turn left and ride for about another 2 miles you will pass a pond on the right. About ¾ mile from here on the left is the (0007) trail’s beginning. You will pass a logging road on the left that dead ends and a gated road on the right that leads to Central Camp. When you get to the trail head, you will ride through a field and pass a large granite outcropping. This is where we stop, lower your saddle and tire pressure to about 35-45 psi. I also recommend that you put on knee/shin & elbow pads for the awesome downhill to come. If you stop and look to the east, you will get one of the best views of Shuteye Peak, the 8800ft mountain that hosts the ultimate mountain bike trail adventure. Now that you are ready for the descent, pedal up the trail for a hundred yards and it starts going down. Right here is a tight technical single track trail that takes you down to the cattle corral I mentioned earlier. A section of this trail has been decimated by the motorcycles and is treacherous. The rest is fine. Most people prefer to continue down the trail for about another 1-1/2 miles until you go through a number of up and downs and come upon a split in the trail. Continuing straight takes you down the motorcycle trail. Take a right here on the smaller single track trail. Continue down this trail ( ignore the small trail that splits from this one to the left-it is just a trail the motorcyclists created to get around a fallen tree on their trail.) the trail winds around and ends up dropping onto Central Camp Rd. right in front of the second trail section drop in. The last 100 feet of this upper section is rough but there is an easy way out to the right just above the rough section.

Crossing the road takes you to the beginning of the second section of trail (007) just above the rock garden. About ½ mile down there is a left turn that drops you into the rock garden. Lots of baby sized rocks will bounce you around a bit even on a long travel bike. This only lasts for about a hundred yards and then turns back to a rough but quite ride able trail. At the bottom of this section is a ladder bridge jump if you are so inclined. Now just cross the road again and you are at the lower section (07) trail. This 3 mile section is fast and flowing with over forty jumps built up on the sides of the trail or incorporated into the water bars. Some jumps are just small booters but you will find larger jumps towards the bottom that should only be taken by very experienced riders. The faster you go, the higher the jumps get so you can work your way up as you become more aware of their locations. This trail is one of our most popular shuttle runs. By doing it with shuttles, you can keep doing the runs until you have had enough mayhem for the day.

This trail starts at the south end of Bass Lake, Ca at the intersection of Rd. 274 and Central Camp Rd. and is best done on a long travel full suspension bike. There is a parking area here next to the water flume that feeds Bass Lake from the snow melt. There are three sections of this trail as it crosses Central Camp Rd. twice on it’s way down to Bass Lake. The lower section ends at the beginning of Central Camp Rd. on the left just before the gate by rd. 274. The gate is closed during the winter months but you can ride around it to access the trail system. This section is fast and rocky with over 40 jumps if you are into it or just ride around them. Some of these jumps are big and all of them can get you big air if you hit them with speed. If you have never done this trail before, I recommend that you ride up the trail the first time to see what to expect on the way down. After you know the trail, I would suggest riding up Central Camp Road as there is a chance of problems climbing up when other riders are coming down. A word of warning about this trail, motorcycles do use this trail and they usually go up the trail- so listen for them.

When riding up Central Camp Rd, the lower section starts about 3-1/2 miles up on the left, just before the Bass Lake Overlook pullout. On the right, just before the overlook, you will see where the second section meets the road. If you continue up the road, you will go through a big right bend in the road and come upon a cattle corral /loading zone. Just up the road from here on the right, is the easy drop in for the second section of 007. This avoids the rock garden section by intersecting just below it. If you continue up the road you will see the most popular entrance to the second section and if you look to the left, you will see the end of the first section which drops down to the road with an easy and big drop ending. If you start with the second section, this trail will take you through the rock garden on your way down to the 1st section. This rock garden is about 100 yards long and pretty rough so do not attempt it on a hard tail.

If you want to try all three sections, keep riding up Central Camp Rd past the second section drop in about another mile and you will come to a wide dirt road on the left. This is Francis Junction Rd. and if you turn left and ride for about another 2 miles you will pass a pond on the right. About ¾ mile from here on the left is the (0007) trail’s beginning. You will pass a logging road on the left that dead ends and a gated road on the right that leads to Central Camp. When you get to the trail head, you will ride through a field and pass a large granite outcropping. This is where we stop, lower your saddle and tire pressure to about 35-45 psi. I also recommend that you put on knee/shin & elbow pads for the awesome downhill to come. If you stop and look to the east, you will get one of the best views of Shuteye Peak, the 8800ft mountain that hosts the ultimate mountain bike trail adventure. Now that you are ready for the descent, pedal up the trail for a hundred yards and it starts going down. Right here is a tight technical single track trail that takes you down to the cattle corral I mentioned earlier. A section of this trail has been decimated by the motorcycles and is treacherous. The rest is fine. Most people prefer to continue down the trail for about another 1-1/2 miles until you go through a number of up and downs and come upon a split in the trail. Continuing straight takes you down the motorcycle trail. Take a right here on the smaller single track trail. Continue down this trail ( ignore the small trail that splits from this one to the left-it is just a trail the motorcyclists created to get around a fallen tree on their trail.) the trail winds around and ends up dropping onto Central Camp Rd. right in front of the second trail section drop in. The last 100 feet of this upper section is rough but there is an easy way out to the right just above the rough section.

Crossing the road takes you to the beginning of the second section of trail (007) just above the rock garden. About ½ mile down there is a left turn that drops you into the rock garden. Lots of baby sized rocks will bounce you around a bit even on a long travel bike. This only lasts for about a hundred yards and then turns back to a rough but quite ride able trail. At the bottom of this section is a ladder bridge jump if you are so inclined. Now just cross the road again and you are at the lower section (07) trail. This 3 mile section is fast and flowing with over forty jumps built up on the sides of the trail or incorporated into the water bars. Some jumps are just small booters but you will find larger jumps towards the bottom that should only be taken by very experienced riders. The faster you go, the higher the jumps get so you can work your way up as you become more aware of their locations. This trail is one of our most popular shuttle runs. By doing it with shuttles, you can keep doing the runs until you have had enough mayhem for the day.

Trail info and photos from: http://www.yosemitebicycle.com/

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