In preparation for the Death Ride this weekend our editors are acclimating to the altitude and temperatures in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California. As part of the build up the ride report today highlights a fun forest service/ fire road tandem mountain bike ride along Mill Canyon Road outside Coleville CA along Highway 395.
Recommended by some locals this well used forest service road is an out and back route that can be used for both long (40+ mile) and short mountain bike rides. Starting at Mill Canyon and Highway 395 riders begin the ascent.
About 1/2 mile up the road you will select the left fork and continue climbing a gradual grade through a beautiful mountain valley.
After 2-3 miles the trail levels out a bit, with a short descent/ ascent through a stream valley, before beginning the next long gradual climb into the wooded forest.
The ride itself can be made as short as long as you would like. The road is smooth gravel and dirt but care should be taken as our riders happened to find a sharp piece of gravel embedded in the tire.
For high Sierra mountain tandem riding this route ranks as a beginner run with a basic out and back/ up and down run. With the surrounding beauty and solitude the Mill Canyon Rd is a great way to get your body into high altitude riding mode.