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Spend five days mountain biking in California in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Ride through valleys and past enormous trees in the Sequoia National Park during the day and come evening-time unwind in a comfortable riverside lodge.
Due north of Los Angeles in California, is the Sequoia National Forest in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. The forest is named after the huge sequoia (or redwood as they are also known) trees that grow there. They are, in fact, the largest living organisms in the world, with some of them reaching over 100m high with 8m wide trunks! Within the forest is the Giant Sequoia National Monument, a protected area designated by the American government, meaning that it is uncommercial and undeveloped. With a landscape typified by giant trees, lush meadows, surging whitewater and huge granite monoliths it forms a breathtaking backdrop to a mountain biking adventure! The biking trails are out of this world, with one of the trails, the Cannell Plunge, descending 5,000 ft in 8 miles!
This trip of six nights and five full riding days is the perfect way to properly explore the stunning scenery of the Sierra Nevada away from the crowds. Expert guides will take you along fantastic trails, ranging from steep descents through pine and oak forests, canyon-rides and river-level singletrack. You’ll be either craning your neck up at the giant sequoias or gazing down on verdant valleys from your saddle. When all this gets too much you’ll be taken back to base camp either at a riverside lodge on Kern River or a lodge right slap bang amid the giant sequoias in the protected park.
This is the perfect deal; unspoilt beauty on a grand scale, great facilities and Californian weather only three hours from Los Angeles. Riding-wise there is a bit of everything for everyone, thrilling plunges from high-elevations, gorgeous forest rides among the giant sequoias, more restrained river-side trails where you can enjoy the incredible rock formations and valleys of the Sierra and technical downhill for those looking to improve their skills.
It’s recommended that you don’t come in without some intermediate mountain-biking experience and a decent level of fitness- guides can lead but they can’t do the cycling for you! You should make sure you’re well equipped for the terrain- that means right clothing and boots. Your tour company can recommend and source the right bike for you locally to make the most of this unforgettable riding adventure.
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