Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a favorite pursuit for many visitors to Plumas County. The surrounding forest land provides many miles of biking opportunities, including abandoned logging roads, trails and some backcountry roads, offering a good cross-section of terrain and topography. 

Mountain bikers


The Plumas County Mountain Bike Trail Guide  is available at visitor information centers throughout the county. Maps of these trails also can be obtained at the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050. For the trails listed in the Almanor area, contact Bodfish Bicycles in Chester (530) 258-2338.  The Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club hosts rides throughout the county on both paved and unpaved roads.  Visitors are welcome! Be sure to check out their Facebook page

Mountain biking is not permitted in designated wilderness areas of the forest, or on the Pacific Crest Trail.

In the Eastern Plumas area, mountain bikers can find plenty of challenging terrain in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including a trail that leads to a tremendous view from a lookout tower at 7,340 feet on Mills Peak. Starting in Portola, mountain bikers have a choice of a rugged mountain or a rolling meadow trail. Lake Davis near Portola has a flat trail with good bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. There are two trails near Frenchman Lake in the Sierra Valley, both of which are rated most difficult. For a video of what a mountain bike ride in the Lakes Basin area looks like, follow this link.

The Central Plumas area boasts a newly rehabilitated single track loop just over Bucks Summit on the way to Bucks Lake, west of Quincy. Snake Lake, also off Bucks Lake Road, is home to a scenic, moderate loop on dirt roads. A number of moderate loop options are available just outside of Quincy off Chandler Road in an area known locally as "South Park." Here, the Cascade Trail follows the banks of a creek.

More difficult routes are located outside of Greenville, near Antelope Lake, where the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is working to restore an 18-mile trail system destroyed by wildfires.

The 13-mile single track trail around Little Grass Valley Reservoir, near La Porte, is a popular route.

The Almanor Basin area in the north end of the county features a paved route that follows the west shore of Lake Almanor. Another flat loop trail suited for families that follows the upper reaches of Lake Almanor as well as a creek. West of Highway 89, a forest service road leading to Humboldt Summit and Humbug Valley also is a popular ride.

Bike Rentals in Plumas County

Lake Almanor Kayak,  Paddleboard & Bike Rentals
29529 Highway 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923
(530) 284-7372
Mountain bike and beach cruiser rentals.

Howling Dogs Bike & Ski
7481 Highway 89
(530) 836-2754

Bodfish Bicycles
149 Main St.
(530) 258-2338
10 am to 5 pm Tues to Sat
Sundays by chance in summer

The Bike Shop
Corner of Lawrence & Leonard Sts.
(530) 283-4015
9 am to 5 pm Tues to Sat

Mountain Hardware and Sports
282 Bonta St., Blairsden
(530) 836-2589
7 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat
9 am to 5 pm Sun 

2015 Bike Events in Plumas County

Lost & Found Bike Ride - Lake Davis - May 30

Indian Valley Century Bike Ride - Greenville - May 23

Tour De Manure - Sierraville - June 20

Mile High Century Bike Ride - Chester - June 20

Graeagle Century Ride - Graeagle - July 26

Fall Century Bike Ride- - Indian Valley - To be announced