Hole-In-The-Ground Trail is a 12 mile point-to-point trail located near Soda Springs, CA. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Great ride! But this is not a flowy (i.e easy) trail. There are some parts that will challenge just about anyone, though it's mostly very rideable.
You'll suffer if you aren't fit and aclimatized to the altitude. It will also be less fun if you don't have the gas to really try the technical bits. If you are strong, there are some bedrock granite sections to play on.
Skip the complicated shuttling and just ride it as a loop: Park at the firehouse, pedal up the Soda Springs Road to the Snow lab, then contour around to I-80 and climb up to Boreal. Cross under the freeway and head up the Castle Peak trail and you're on your way!
Snow lingers late on this ride, then thick bugs arrive in the melt water puddles.
Been there twice. love it.
It was amazing I really loved the trail. It was one of the hardest trails I have done though. So many rocks, twigs, roots, boulders, and excruciating uphill climb. It is about an 18 mile trail, but with the 2,000 ft climb it makes it more like 50 miles. All in all I enjoyed very much and wi be doing it again soon.
This trail is also great for hiking or trail running. To avoid having to find your way back from the start to the finish through Boreal roads, which I think can be done, but haven't tried it, arrange a shuttle or drop off and pick up. I started up the road from the firehouse just off I-80 at the Soda Springs Norden exit. The trail goes by some private property and cabins and on a dirt road for a while. Lower Montez lake is very close to the trail after about 3 miles, a good stop if you have dogs and it is warm. I started early and didn't see anyone else until near the Sandridge Lake trail. It is only a quarter mile off the trail and worth it to let dogs get in and swim, or a nice lunch spot. I didn't see that many mountain bikers that day, considering it was a weekend, and they seem to starting at the other end, so you can see them coming and they seem to start later in the morning.
Cool trail in a very nice area. Up until this point the hardest (and highest) thing I had done was Foresthill Divide a few times, so this was a pretty big jump in difficulty (according all the websites), but overall it wasn't as bad as I expected. Andesite is the only real big, hard climb but the traction is good and it doesn't get too steep. On the topo maps it looks like the descent from it would be fairly fast and straight - it's not, it's a super slow, rocky, zigzaggy track all the way to the base of Sand Ridge. From the top of Sand Ridge on it's smoother, and after it joins Lola Montez it's all gravel road, except from the infamous "stairs". The dirt road that joins the ends of it from Soda Springs to Boreal is mostly rough and rocky uphill.
this flat lander found this trail to be a monster. The views are awesome, the two or three lakes you can stop and swim in are incredible, the terrain is A+ and if you aren't in shape and altitude trained, its going to be hard!
A Tahoe area mountain biking classic loop with 2100 feet of reasonable climbing and everything from buffer singletrack, steep drops, 2 track, gravel roads and a short section of pavement located just off the top of Donner Summit.