Welcome to Siskiyou County. We invite you to explore California's best kept secret bike riding area. Far Northern California is a hidden treasure for cyclists. Visit this gold-rush inspired, high-alpine region for some of the best cycling in the West. Siskiyou County is the fifth largest county in California and has a total population of 44,900 people. For those living in the Bay Area, LA, Portland or other major metro area, you probably think this number is missing a couple zeroes, but it’s not. The largest city in Siskiyou County is Yreka with 7,343 people as of 2009.
What does this mean for cyclists? Imagine charming roads and high-alpine climbs with little traffic. Experience small town charm as local experts and bike shops help you to customize your visit and travel itinerary. Between rides, enjoy restaurants you can walk into without a reservation. Refuel and relax at local coffee shops and micro-breweries to make your stay authentic and memorable. Our lodging and motels also make cycle touring easy and provide access to the many different rides that cycling enthusiasts already enjoy.
Siskiyou County features everything from rolling hills along the Old Stage Road of Route 99 to challenging climbs up Mount Shasta, Castle Lake, and Carters Meadow Summit to name a few. If the riding does not take your breath away, the scenery will. From the gold rush era charm of mining, forestry, and farming towns in the historic State of Jefferson, to the majestic beauty of Mt. Shasta, each route has been carefully selected to provide inspiration for planning a two-wheeled vacation.
The cycling routes in Siskiyou County are as diverse as the geography, accommodating everyone from beginning to advanced riders. Some routes feature short day trips while others are extended loops for multi-day adventures. Explore descriptions and detailed maps on the road cycling route and mountain bike trail pages. And, for the adventurous gravel grinders out there, Siskiyou County is the best destination in California with over 10,000 miles of dirt roads. Check out Forest Service topo maps and be prepared to ride. All this and more is an easy 4 hour drive from the Bay Area or a quick 5 hours from Portland. Leave the traffic behind and come ride Siskiyou County.
October 11th, 2014 | www.mccloudchamber.com
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