Dodge Ridge Resort adds chairlifts for accessible mountain biking
, 2022-08-16 15:33:46,
Highway 108 — long a biking, hiking, camping, fishing gem in the high Sierra — just became more with addition of lift-served mountain biking and slopeside disc golf to the venerable Dodge Ridge Resort just a few miles above Pinecrest Lake.
As a 27-year National Ski Patroller at Dodge Ridge (now an alumni), I’ve long been touring up Highway 108, to the Pinecrest area and Sonora Pass. In 1852, 75 pioneers in 13-mule-drawn wagons departed from Ohio and Indiana, headed west to California’s gold and promise of a better life, blazing the rugged Sonora Pass route.
Today, it’s one of the highest passes in the state, and the area just west of the pass is a summer and fall mecca for fisherman, hikers, bikers and admirers of the high Sierra.
Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort opened the mountain to chairlift-accessed mountain biking on Aug. 13, making it one of two lift-serviced mountain biking resorts in the Central Sierra (along with Bear Valley) between China Peak near Fresno to Northstar on Lake Tahoe.
Dodge Ridge cyclists descend from the top of the Motherlode Chairlift 3 at the 7,400 foot elevation and traverse across the mountain with nearly five miles of beginner/lower-intermediate freeride rollers and banks; trail crews are also working on additional intermediate technical and intermediate freeride trails to open shortly, with approximately nine miles planned for this season (DodgeRidge.com/Mountain for updates).
Hayden Price and Douglas Lowe of Tracy were both near the head of the line at 9 a.m.
“We’ve been skiers and long-time passholders here, but now look forward to using the area through the summer and fall for both mountain biking and disc golfing.” Price said. I watched as they loaded mountain bikes onto one of the chair’s bike carriers for the six-minute ride to 7400 feet.
The bike park will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through the end of October (weather permitting), Jeff Hauff, a resort spokesman said. November biking will be evaluated based on conditions at that time.
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Single day lift tickets are $49 for ages 13 and older, $39 for kids 12 and under. Mountain bike season passes are $199 and $139 respectively, with mountain bike season pass discounts available for 2022-23 Dodge Ridge winter season pass-holders. Rental packages are also available with full suspension bikes, along with helmet, knee and elbow pads.
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