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By Vicky Sama

The new pumptrack at the Paradise Royale Trail is in awesome condition after a few days of rain. The XC course is perfectly tacky and the slalom jumps are firm, not slippery. Put the Paradise Royale on your list of to-do rides this month.

Here’s a peek at what it was like this weekend:

The Paradise Royale Trail is in the King Range National Conservation Area near Shelter Cove, Calif. The pumptrack was finished being built in September.


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Volunteers help finish sections of Phase 3 of the Paradise Royale trail. Photo courtesy of Morgan Lommele.

By Vicky Sama

Bigfoot Bicycle Club volunteers got a sneak peak at Phase 3 of the Paradise Royale trail on Oct. 9 when they attended a free tail building workshop. The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Care Crew– the dynamic duo of Morgan and Steve Lommele– showed attendees how to work on the steep slopes without getting hurt.

Phase 3 of Paradise Royale has spectacular ocean views. When it’s done next year, the new eight-mile trail will connect with the already completed 17-mile Paradise Royale loop, which is located in the King Range National Conservation Area near Shelter Cove, Calif.

Click here for more photos from the workshop.

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Thanks to all our volunteers who came out to build trail and ride the Paradise Royale for the King Range Conservation Area 40th Anniversary.

Proud work crew on the top of the world.

More photos and video of the big day to come soon!

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LATEST UPDATE ON KING RANGE ANNIVERSARY EVENTS: Folks heading to King Range on Saturday, Sept. 11 should be at the Tolkan Campground no later than 10:00 a.m. Trail work begins at 10 followed by a pro downhill demonstration and mountain bike ride.

Note the BLM flyer and website have not yet posted the new times. So you’re getting the latest here!

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Royale Treatment

By Vicky Sama

Several Bigfoot folks showed up at the Paradise Royale on Saturday to ride the new Tolkan downhill trails and the cross country loop. The campground was socked in fog but the sun was up on top of Paradise Ridge. The climb up Prince of Pain is a workout but worth the reward coming down on the Mad Queen’s Tango. Don’t forget to come out the weekend of Sept. 10-12 to celebrate the King Range 40th birthday.

Photos and video by Vicky Sama.

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By Vicky Sama

The new pump track at the Tolkan Campground rides like a well-oiled roller coaster. The track is the newest edition to the 14-mile Paradise Royale loop  in the King Range National Conservation Area near Shelter Cove, Calif.

The pump track is split into three routes: blue, black and double black diamond. All provide thrills on swooping berms, tabletops and jumps. For those who want to go higher, there’s a wooden launch at the bottom of the most advanced route. The tracks were built so close together, riders starting at the same time might feel like they’re doing a BMX-style triple-cross.

The easiest way to find the start of the pump track is to drive your car to the Tolkan Campground (a daily fee is required). But if you park at the Paradise Royale trailhead (which is free) and ride to the pump track, it can be confusing to get around and continue on the 14-mile loop. So, here are a few tips:

If you start from the PR trailhead, you’ll ride about a mile and suddenly dump out of the singletrack. At that point, you’ll see a small sign for the Tolkan Campground. Make a sharp right down the switchbacks and you’ll eventually start climbing up the blue downhill trail, which is the easiest of the three trails to climb. Keep an eye out for riders coming downhill! When you reach the top of the blue trail, make a right, which takes you toward Prince of Pain and Mad Queen Tango.

Another option is to dump out of the singletrack, make a sharp left and ride the road up to the Tolkan Campground. This will allow you to bypass all of the downhill trails and get to the top of the pump track or connect to the PR loop on the other side.

Eventually, a bypass trail will be built so that riders can get around the pump track without climbing it. Some of the berms and tabletops are hard to ascend because they’re not built for climbing.

Again, if you ride up the pump track, keep your eyes peeled for riders coming down.

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Check out the video of the new section of Paradise Royale near the Tolkan Campground. This is the trail building crew riding it.

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