18 Mile Uphill and 18 Mile Downhill
Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley along the highway shoulders is an exhilarating and picturesque ride that showcases the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. As you embark on this bike ride, you'll find yourself immersed in a landscape characterized by towering mountains, dense forests, and sweeping vistas.
Beginning at the Camp Connell General Store, a small mountain community surrounded by towering pines, you'll pedal along smooth Highway shoulders that wind through the Sierra’s. The crisp mountain air, blue sky, full creeks and the sound of your tires humming on the pavement create a serene ambiance as you gain momentum and head towards Bear Valley.
The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is hosting the Bike Ride 2 Bear Valley Tour from Camp Connell to the Bear Valley Adventure Company in Bear Valley. The ride leader is Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Special Events Director, Rob Williams.
This road bike ride tour is a fundraiser for the Arnold Rim Trail Association.
The Arnold Rim Trail Association is holding the High Sierra Bike A Palooza in Arnold, CA on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
Riders must register and pay a $10 entry fee. Arnold Rim Trail and Registration Information is at:
The ride start is at Camp Connell General Store, 9am Roll Out Sharp. Our Home Base is at Camp Connell General Store and our host is Dan Tulipan. Bathrooms, water and snacks provided at Ride to Bear Valley Home Base.
Three riding groups will be chaperoned by experienced cyclists; fast, taking my time and new to ride.
There is SAG Support, snacks and water at Camp Connell and Bear Valley Adventure Company. And, after the ride we will gather back in Arnold for food, drink, and fellowship at the Bistro Espresso.
The ride is 18 miles up, taking 2 and 1/2 hours up and 18 miles downhill, 1 and 1/2 hour. NOTE: The current Highway shoulder conditions are minor sand going Eastbound and significant sand going Westbound. A Caltrans Road Maintenance Request and Appeal for shoulder sand removal has been submitted.
Local Road Cyclist David Ritchey describes the ride as “a long steady 6% climb for eleven miles, then flattens out into Bear Valley Adventure Company General Store.”
Arriving in Bear Valley, you'll have a chance to rest, replenish your energy, and reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken. Our host is Bear Valley Adventure Company General Manager Aaron Johnson.
Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley is not just a physical endeavor; it's an immersive experience that connects you with the natural world, challenges your limits, and rewards you with unforgettable memories of the Sierra Nevada's stunning beauty
RSVP Ride2BearValley Information
Registration Direct Link
Ride Map, Mileage and Elevation