Ride Category: Loop
Ride Type Ratio: 5% pavement 25% gravel road 70% singletrack
Ride Distance: 22 miles
Ride Time: 3.5 to 5.5 hours
Trailhead Directions: Take exit 95 off I-5. Follow Littlerock Road for a
few miles to the Waddell Creek Road intersection, turn right. Continue to the
next intersection, turn left onto Sherman Valley Rd, continue to the next
intersection, turn right onto Noschka gravel road. Drive 1.5 miles or so to the
first intersection at the gate to Old Town Bordeaux, park here..
Route Description: Take gravel road C-8000 up (don't turn left at the
intersection with road C-8200 100 yards up) about 6 miles (don't turn off on
any of the spur roads) to the intersection with trail Mount Molly Porter #3, go
left onto the trail. Take the trail around to road B-8500, take B-8500 to trail
Rock Candy East on your left, drop in. Take Rock Candy East to Rock
Candy West and back up to road B-8500. Take B-8500 to North Rim Trail
on the right, drop in. Take North Rim Trail to Middle Waddell Loop until you
get to the Sherman Valley Road culvert. Take a right onto Sherman Valley
Road and retrace the way you drove in back to where you parked on
Ride Summary: The road climb up C-8200 is steady for a few miles and
then gets abruptly steeper, a nice progressive climb. Rock Candy West is
bermed and fun, North Rim Trail is a banked Capitol Forest clay classic.
Middle Waddell Loop is a roller coaster, and the stronger you are the more
fun it is. Good times.