General Information provided by BLM
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing recreation experiences on America's national forests, and the Modoc National Forest is no exception to the trend. The Modoc National Forest does not have trails specifically designed or designated for mountain biking. However, biking is allowed on all trails except those located in the South Warner Wilderness area and the Blue Lake National Recreation Trail.
Miles and Miles and Miles
Just looking at the Forest map should make it apparent that the opportunities to go mountain biking are almost limitless. Many of the roads that crisscross the Forests are made to order for these sturdy all-terrain bicycles that have evolved as a hybrid of the old balloon tired cruiser and the sleek ten-speed racer. There are jeep tracks, logging roads, and little used forest roads where motorized traffic is infrequent enough not to interfere with bike riding. The best way to find these unmarked bonanzas is to get a Forest map and start looking for the double dotted lines or unshaded double solid lines that indicate primitive roads or dirt roads. The next step is to pick out the ones which lead to places that look to be of interest to you. If you have the time and inclination, this way of approaching the situation is a bit like discovering the forest all over again and seeing it from a brand new perspective in the process.
Who's Got the Right of Way
If you end up riding on a trail, keep in mind that bicyclists should yield both to horseback riders and hikers. That means when you encounter one of these other trail users, it is up to you to pull over to the side of the trail and stop until you have completely been passed. On trails and roads shared with horses, please yield to horseback riders by stopping your bike and dismounting uphill from the trail. Many horses are easily spooked by bikes, so be courteous of these animals and their riders.
The Devil's Garden route is versatile for the beginner through advanced rider. It has three miles of gravel and 2.3 miles of dirt roads. The advanced riders can veer off on steeper grades. This route passes portions of the Lassen Emigrant Trail.
Woodland Jurassic Ride is for beginners to intermediate riders, with 8.6 miles off Modoc County Road 54. It has a gentle slope with mostly level ground and offers great views of the Warner Mountains and some California sensitive plants.
The Likely Mountain Challenge has 7.2 miles of dirt road and 2.2 miles of old broken highway for the advanced rider wanting to tackle steep pulls. Small reservoirs along this route offer wildlife viewing.
Don't forget to bring:
Helmet and riding gloves
Tool kit, better to carry a kit than carry your bike
Extra tire tube (or patch kit) and pump, at least one per group
Matches and a knife are always a good idea.
First aid kit, at least for scrapes and bruises.
Water--lots and lots
Extra clothes, it gets cool up here.
Rain gear, late summer brings thunderstorms.
Glasses are particularly helpful during the "bug season."
Trail systems for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding