This year we will offer a new route for the Honey Badger Norcal, but expect to ride some pavement and some dirt (but more dirt than pavement). There will be a long route and a shorter route. Cross/gravel/mountain bike required. Links to the route maps are below. No fee to ride, contact us with any questions/concerns.
Long route: ~50miles/5,500 ft. elevation gain
Short route: ~30 miles/3,500 ft. elevation gain
PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFO: We'll meet at Yreka park on Miner Street, there are bathrooms here but no water. Both routes start from Yreka park, we'll roll out at 10 a.m. and will be riding counter clockwise. This way we will get the pavement out of the way and save the big climbs for the end! The first 12 miles are paved and on highways. PLEASE be careful and aware of cars, I don't expect a lot of traffic but the locals also won't be expecting a bunch of cyclists on these roads, ride single file when there are cars approaching. At mile 7 there is a dirt spur which is optional, that takes you down to the Shasta River. It is super pretty but the short two track road down to the river is narrow and rocky, if you're on skinny tires or not comfortable on this kind of terrain just skip it and continue on HWY 263. If you take the spur to Hudson Rd. be aware that the end of the road goes through private property with several homes very close to the road, I've ridden this twice recently and have seen (friendly) dogs and home owners, please ride slowly and be courteous. HWY 263 T's into HWY 96 where we will turn left and ride HWY 96 for two miles before crossing the river onto Klamath River Rd. Here the pavement (mostly) ends and the real fun begins. This road has little traffic but again it is narrow and the locals don't see cyclists on it often, please ride cautiously. At mile ~15 the short route turns left onto Humbug Creek Rd. The long route continues until turning onto Yreka/Walker Rd. at mile ~28. Both routes come back together at the intersections of Humbug Rd. and Yreka/Walker Rd. There are several intersections that may be confusing, because the course IS NOT MARKED you'll need to rely on GPS. There will be an aid station on this ride thanks to Jefferson State Mountain Bike association (JMBA). It will be located at the OHV park on Humbug Creek Rd. mile ~39 on the long route. If you're riding the short route you'll have to go off course and turn right onto Humbug and ride .2 miles to get to the OHV parking lot. Water and snacks will be provided.