This trail is located in Calistoga, California. It is an old mining road that was used over and over by many wagons. In fact, it was used so much that the basalt flow has grooves carved up to 6" deep in some places by the steel wrap around the wagon wheels. The trail starts on the east side of Calistoga, and climbs up to the Palisades, or the rock cliffs visible in the background of the climb. The lower section of the climb is just steep, but not that bad. There are a couple of technical sections, but ridable. The upper section of the climb is all on basalt lava flow. There is no dirt. This section is very technical. This is the only video where I show the climb. It is quite the challenge. Once on top, you continue over the other side on an old jeep road that has mostly turned into a singletrack and basalt slabs. Then at the end you turn around and head back. The bike in the video is a Yeti 575, and the camera bike is a Cannondale Rize or RZ. For the free GPS topo trail map with turn by directions, go to greatbasinbicycles.com
This video is real time.
The music was provided by:
Eirk Turnbull at Candyt Rat Records