Valley Springs, Calaveras County
A Popular Rural Cycling Loop in the Motherlode is the Pardee, Comanche and Hogan Tri Dam Loop. This loop is popular with the Sacramento Bike and Hikers Club and is the location of the annual Pardee Party Bike Metric Century.
A favorite Tri Dam bike ride is a 35 mile, 3,000 elevation gain bike ride that starts in the historic former railroad town of Valley Springs and then takes cyclists out to historic Pardee Reservoir. This part of the route features a ride across the Pardee spillway and a historic bridge built in 1920 to provide drinking water to residents in the East Bay Area.
The ride continues to Stoney Creek Road, a fast downhill section taking cyclists into Historic town of Buena Vista. The route then heads out to Comanche Reservoir and then returns to Valley Springs along Burson Road and Rancho Calaveras. The final climb of this ride is up to Hogan Dam Reservoir and returns to Valley Springs.
There are several local restaurants for post ride lunch or coffee at Starbucks. The Tri Dam Loop is hardly a secret in the cycling community! The California Amgen Tour held a KOM Stage at Pardee Lookout in May 2018.
Valley Springs is a perfect start location to ride in the Gold Country. The Tri Lake thirty-five mile route can be extended with rides to Paloma, Campo Seco, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Plymouth, Volcano and Sutter Creek.
Other Bike Ride Options in Valley Springs?
Electric bike route, Winkle Cove and Lime Creek Out and Back, Ten Miles
3, 6, 9 Mile Routes Hogan Dam Road, plus Hogan Bike Trails
Family No Traffic Road, Coyote Point from Acorn Campground
Bike Events In and Around Valley Springs
West Calaveras County offers an never-ending supply of hill climbing in the Foothills,
It is a short drive from the Central Valley, Sacramento and Bay Area. From Stockton take CA 26 for 30 miles to Valley Springs. From Highway 49 take Highway 12 or 26 to Valley Springs.
Where to Stay Overnight
Lake Comanche offers a rental cottage, three large vacation home rentals, and plenty of tent and RV camping available. Lake Camanche Resort features 550+ tent camping sites spread out over hundreds of acres which are available year-round at both North and South Shores.
Reserve online or by phone
New Hogan Lake
https://www.recreation.gov then search for New Hogan Lake in Search bar.
Camp near Ride & Walk 4 Art start and finish! New Hogan Lake tent and RV sites are well designed to give beautiful views of the lake. There are 207 campsites available for reservation at three campgrounds: Acorn, Oak Knoll & Deer Flat with boat-in camping, plus one group campground that can accommodate up to 50 people, called Coyote Point.
Pardee Recreation Area is an exceptional place for a camp out, with over 100 sites for tenters and RV campers. Two separate campgrounds, Oaks and Lake View, allow a camper a large number of sites to choose from, all with a picnic table and fire ring. Ample shade from the oak trees spread through the campgrounds make for plenty of cool sites. Restrooms and shared water spigots available all throughout camping areas and flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are available closer to the marina of the park.
Reserve online or call800-416-6992for phone reservations.