I've heard about a long loop ride starting in Foresthill and heading out Mosquito Ridge road towards French Meadows. I can't seem to find much online about this ride, and I'm wondering if anyone has more specific info - distance, elevation gain, etc. I've heard it's about a 70 mile loop with lots of climbing. The closest thing I could find on here was this description (from this thread):
I'm wondering if the Ralston/FS 23 turnoff is pretty easy to find, and if anyone has any more detailed directions for completing the loop. Thanks a lot for any info/maps anyone can provide.The other climb in this area that will grab your attention is the Corkscrew Wall at Ralston Powerhouse. As mentioned above take the Mosquito Ridge road out of Foresthill, after descending and crossing the pretty bridge you will begin a short climb that will lead to a right hand turnoff on F.S #23 to Ralston Powerhouse, this is about 11 miles out of Foresthill. A nice tricky descent takes you to Ralston (NOT OXBOW!) where you can begin the 2200 ft, 4 mile climb up the Ralston Ridge road. You can proceed on Ralston Ridge road and ride to French Meadows or Hell Hole, returning either back down the Mosquito Ridge Road to Foresthill or if going to Hell Hole, return back through Georgetown to take Hwy 49 through Cool back to Auburn. There is water at French Meadows in the rest rooms at the boat dock. I would never count on this water being available though.