The Tolkin Campground I stayed at was literally at the trailhead. After some coffee I had off on a really early morning ride on the Paradise Royale loop. The trail is roughly 14 miles long with quite a bit of elevation gain.
But you don’t start off climbing. From the trailhead its tasty downhill singletrack.
The trail were purpose built for mountain biking and hats off to the designers. The climbs are not unrelenting despite the elevation they gain.
The ride finishes up with a climb back to the trailhead and my campsite.
After a late breakfast and a catnap I drove down the mountain to the little town of Shelter Cove.
I had originally planned on checking out the town, camping for a second night were I was currently at and lake my way to Portland the following day. After seeing the town, I opted to move on up the coast. I made it Crescent City that evening which would make the next day’s drive shorter.