Ditch Digger

Total Miles
3.1

Elevation

905.02 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

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Trail Overview

This is an area of BLM land on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River off Highway 26, just outside of Red Corral, California. Parts of the trail are un-maintained dirt roads, sections of which are rocky and washed out. The other part of the trail is in the abandoned flume or up on the levee alongside the ditch. Down in the ditch, the surface is soft, loose, loamy soil. Up on the levee, it is more hard-packed dirt. Riders can expect log and rock obstacles and some long, steep climbs. Making a loop and running it several times is guaranteed to give a great workout on some moderately technical riding. Run the loop multiple times with the stopwatch to see if you can improve your time. While there are some roads, most are very overgrown with brush, essentially making the area only accessible to motorcycles. Portions are solely single-track. One lap around the loop is approximately 4 miles.

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

The Upper and Lower Standard ditches were used to supply water to mining operations during the Gold Rush. The ride will take you past remnants of a portion of wooden flume that was used to get water across areas where the ditch could not be practically constructed. There is at least one old mining cabin in the area that is a short ride off the main loop.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

Driving east on State Highway 88(out of Jackson), take a right turn onto Highway 26 at Red Corral. There is a gas station there, but prices are lower further down the hill. Roughly 2.1 miles from the Red Corral Mini-mart, gravel turnout on the right-hand side of the road. Stage at or near the turnout, as unloading areas are few and far between as you go down the road.