This ride is a BMW National Adventure Riding Series Event held twice a year and offers 150 riders the chance to explore some little-known trails around Yosemite. Riders from across the nation attend the event which offers organized trail riding with support for beginning riders and challenge for seasoned riders. Lunch, dinner, and incredible prizes are included in the entry fee and given away by raffle on Saturday evening. For more about Family Off-road Adventures CLICK HERE to visit their website.
This year’s ride Family Off-road Adventures’ Yosemite ride was cut short because of trail closures so Jon and I added some pavement to give us a total ride of nearly 100 miles on Saturday. Our precise route was a 97mile loop starting at Buck Meadows Resort near Groveland, CA. The dirt portion involves an out and back section for a total of 36 miles which is broken up with sparse sections of patched asphalt. The dirt road is bi-directional and it is possible to meet on-coming vehicles so take care in the curves. The road is covered with coarse gravel that moves underneath your tires like marbles. It involves some ascents and descents, ruts, and two water crossings. The paved portion beginning after the dirt makes a loop to bring you back to the dirt. On your dirt return, traveling in the opposite direction, you will notice the differing challenges afforded by approaching the same terrain in a different way. It is interesting that the same water crossings may seem totally different because what was approached on a downhill will become an uphill exit. Enjoy it.
Most of the paved loop is smooth asphalt, gentle curves, and rolling hills. Traffic was minimal along this scenic ride. The ride crosses the Merced river and presented a great view of distant waterfalls near Merced Falls. Getting close to the falls requires paid parking, and walking a distance across the dam.
Gasoline is available only in Buck Meadows along this ride. Public restrooms are available in the City Park in Coulterville. Coulterville also hosts a grocery store, shops, and a café as well as some historical buildings.
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