Hole in the Ground Loop Mountain Bike Trail Map

Guide to the best mountain bike trails
near Donner Pass including the Hole in the Ground Trail

Hole-in-the-Ground Loop Summary
Location: Off I-80 near Donner Pass
Best For: Advanced riders
Suitable For: Strong intermediates and better
Ground Cover: Evergreen forests, alpine meadows, lakes and rock fields
Seasons: Summer through fall. Some trails maintain snowpack into July.

If you're looking for gorgeous alpine scenery, go no further than the region near I-80 near Donner Pass. The Hole-in-the-Ground Loop is simply one of the best alpine rides anywhere for strong intermediate riders. Combining smooth single-track with long rocky stretches through semi-open evergreen forest, the Hole-in-the-Ground trail is challenging without being overwhelming. Intermediate riders will only need to walk short stretches.

Please note that the high altitude does make the 16 miles areobically challenging. Be sure to bring plenty of water. Lower Montez Lake is easily reachable along the western part of the loop and a quick dip is a great way to recharge.

The trail map below is a jpeg of the actual maps from our books and map-sets.

The Hole in the Ground Loop is just one of the huge variety of mountain biking spots that the Northern Sierra has to offer. Discover more great rides.
Directions to trailhead(s):

Take Soda Springs exit off I-80, 21 miles west of Truckee. On south side of I-80 head east on Donner Pass Road for 0.5 miles to Soda Springs.