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Dream Ride: Shuttling around Georgetown, California

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Thomas McGrady, owner of California Expeditions, loading up bikes for another run.

The trails around Georgetown, California, have been around forever. But they have been mostly the domain of moto riders, equestrians, and the gold miners before them. In early 2017, California Expeditions shifted their shuttling operation from the American River Confluence area of Auburn to the lesser known trails of Georgetown.

Despite being less than 16 miles from the popular, and crowded, Auburn trails, Georgetown rarely sees mountain bikers due to the extreme topography that doesn’t translate well to anything human-powered. Unless you can shuttle, of course, at which point these gnarly moto trails become a downhiller’s dream. That’s where California Expeditions comes in. Warning: This video contains mild adult language.


They shuttle your group around the mountain with customizable rides to suit the group. If you want to do short runs with less climbing you can do that. Need to get your uphill miles in? You can do that, too. But don’t be fooled. Even the more DH oriented shuttle days will leave you completely exhausted and limping back to your vehicle. The trails are intense!

They will test you and your bike. My personal favorite is 4-1, or as we called it “Manzanita Chunk Tunnel” (see 7:30 in video Part 1). It will absolutely kill your quads and induce wild arm pump on even the fittest rider. During a full day of shuttling you can expect to get between 6 and 10 runs totaling around 14-25 miles of riding and 1700-2500ft of elevation gain.


This extremely steep section of trail regularly causes pile ups and lots of expletives being yelled as people slip, slide, crash or walk their way down it.

Watch as BKXC, Trail Peek, and MTB Flowrider explore these historic trails and do their best to keep the rubber side down.


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