Bike Tour of Royal Gorge Rim Trail

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Hoelter-Hall Trailhead

1141 Soda Springs Road

Norden, CA 95724

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Join the Truckee Donner Land Trust for a mountain bike adventure into Royal Gorge along the Royal Gorge Rim Trail.

About this Event

Enjoy this excellent opportunity to explore the Royal Gorge Rim Trail on your mountain bike!

This is a strenuous and moderately technical ride led by Truckee Donner Land Trust staff and docents along the Rim Trail to Rowton arches. The trail passes through several wildflower and bird areas, offers expansive views of the Pacific Crest and the Granite Chief Wilderness, Crow’s Nest and the upper parts of the North Fork of the American River drainage including some impressive volcanic geology. The views from the ridge line along are more than enough to make the climb worthwhile.

Trail Details: This is a strenuous, moderately technical approximately 8 mile ride with some strenuous climbs/descents with an elevation change of over 1000' at a maximum elevation of 7480' on a single track twisty trail. Please be out of your vehicle and geared up at the time set for the ride to begin.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

From Interstate 80: Exit at the Soda Springs/Norden off ramp. Proceed East about one mile on Old Highway 40 to a flashing light and turn right on Soda Springs Rd. Continue on Soda Springs Rd about one mile beyond Pahatsi Road. You will pass a meadow on your left and then an open wet area with boulders along the roadside also on your left. About 350 feet past Dulzura road on your right will be a sign for the Hoelter Hall Trailhead on your left. Directions from the sign are described below.From Old Highway 40: Turn at the flashing light in Soda Springs and from there follow the Interstate 80 directions above.The Hoelter Hall Trailhead: To get to the trailhead, turn left from Soda Springs Road onto the dirt road at the small TDLT trailhead sign. The road goes up a hill and ends at the parking area.

How strenuous is the ride?

There are some strenuous climbs/descents with an elevation change of over 1000' at a maximum elevation of 7480'.

What should I bring to the event?

Please bring your mountain bike and whatever gear you ride with. You may want to bringd bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and snacks you'll need for our outing. Depending on the weather, you may need sun protection (hat/glasses) or rain gear or cold weather gear.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Need to cancel or change your date? Contact

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. Tickets are interchangable, but please inform your docent and be willing to fill out the required paperwork at the trailhead. Please make sure that your substitute is aware of the difficulty of the ride.

Are there restrooms available?

Yes. A porta potty is available at the Hoelter Hall trail head.

Can I bring my dog along?

No. Pets will not be allowed on any of the group activities. We kindly ask that you please leave your pets at home. Your canine companion is welcome at every Land Trust property that is currently open to the public. Please visit for recommendations.


I, the Undersigned, for myself and on behalf of my spouse, heirs, beneficiaries, successors and assigns, acknowledge and agree to all of the following:In consideration of my participation in Truckee Donner Land Trust trail building, maintenance days, guided tours, docent led activities and/or volunteer events, I hereby waive, release and discharge any and all claims for damages or injury arising as a result of my participation in these activities, and further agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Truckee Trails Foundation, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service on whose property the above activities may occur (collectively “Releasees”), and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any loss, liability, damage, causes of action, cost or expense for or on account of bodily injury or property damage arising from or in any way related to my participation in the above activities or as may be related thereto. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall apply regardless of any negligence or carelessness on the part of Releasees.

I acknowledge that there are natural conditions which are or may be inherently dangerous and that I may suffer serious bodily injury or death, or which may cause injury to property. I hereby agree to and assume all risks of harm, including but not limited to property damage, bodily injury, or death, as may result from engagement in the above activities or resulting from the acts, omissions or conduct of Releasees.

I give the Truckee Trails Foundation and Truckee Donner Land Trust permission to use for publicity purposes any photographs or video footage including my likeness that may be taken during the above activities.

I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I have freely and voluntarily executed this agreement.

Photo Credit: Lynn Baumgartner

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