Rode Hole in the Ground on Oct 9th 2007. Cold, muddy, swampy, and not nearly as good as it is RIGHT NOW I bet. At this point I really thought riding season was over. After a few weeks of high pressure and sun however, trails are back to amazing right now. Rode Toad's Today Nov 7th, and it was all time. No snow or mud.
I'm going to get my bike trail guidebook back on the website soon, probably in just a sticky above the biking topic. For the meantime, here's the super basic way to do this ride as a loop.
Hole in the Ground Loop:
17 miles, 3-4 hours, fairly rocky in places. Perfect for 5 and 6" travel bikes. Nothing dangerously steep or challenging. Meadows, Granite, Views, easy to navigate...one of Truckee's best rides.
Take the Boreal Exit off of Hwy 80 and park on the north side of the highway, at the end of the pavement, just a few hundred yards on the north side of I-80. Ride the only dirt road uphill and bear right at an intersection that comes up quickly. In about 2 miles, look for a big wooden trailhead sign on your left for Hole in the Ground Trail. Climb this trail for 30-45 minutes to a nice viewpoint of Castle Peak.
Descend, climb, descend....and definatey take the .5 mile detour at a sign for lower montez lake near the end of the ride. Keep going after that and take a left in a mile or so at a signed left turn onto a singletrack. Bomb down this fun, steep singletrack, and take a left where it ends at a "T" intersection on a fire road. Look for another singletrack in a mile that dumps you out near the Sugarbowl Fire Dept.
Cross I-80 and ride up old hwy 40 towards Sugarbowl Ski Area. Go a mile or two past the stop light. Look for a sign on the left saying "Snowlab Road". If you reach the first parking lot for Sugarbowl Ski Area on the right, you went too far. Snowlab road is a powerline dirt road. It is hard to find only because the sign is home made, and a few hundred feet in from the road.After 4 easy miles of climbing on Snow Lab Road, you reach the Boreal Ski Area Parking Lot. Go under I-80 and find your car.