Updated May 2, 2016                                                 Contact: Gene Rowe 530-534-8060 or 530-589-1207

There are a couple of groups that ride regularly in the Oroville area, the groups are riders that generally vary in age from their 30’ to their 70’s and cover a wide range of abilities and skill sets. The groups meet and ride year around and during winter months there are night rides and rides continue even in light rain. Rides vary in length and duration I estimate an average ride would be 6 to 10 miles on week days on trails and would last about an hour and a half. The Saturday ride may be as long as 20 plus miles and may last 3 or more hours. Helmets are ALWAYS required.

These are not LOBO sponsored groups or rides they are however a couple of local groups that regularly ride and are willing to welcome others who want to ride and/or learn where trails are.

Times may change due to daylight savings and/or very hot temperatures, I will post a notice here of any time changes.

Group One:
Meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM at the parking will be in the middle of Oroville Dam, 

Meet each Saturday usually at 8 AM often at The Community Employment Center on Table Mountain Blvd. and corner of Grand Av. This location will change from time to time depending on the ride location.

Group Two: “The Old Folks” ride; (EFFECTIVE MAY 10,2016 THESE RIDES START AT 8 AM)
Meet each Tuesday at The Saddle Dam (off Kelly Ridge Road) at 11 AM this time will change to an earlier hour as it gets warmer, I will post notice.

Meet each Thursday at the parking above the restrooms at the top of Oroville Dam at 11 AM, this time also will change due to warmer weather, I will post notice.

May meet each Saturday at 8 AM for an easy ride or may join Group One for a longer ride.

If you wish to get on our e-mail list for mountain bike ride notifications please send your email address information to I will add you to the list.

LOBO meeting to Discuss State Park Trail Use on Feb. 11, 2016

This is from an email:

Hi folks;

Good to see you last night – thanks to Eldon and Evan for the information too.
As I promised, I’m forwarding a few long-ago documents.
As I mentioned, a lot of multi-stakeholder work went into the ones linked below, and though dated (10 years of waiting for new FERC License), they still should be considered contemporary.

All Settlement Agreement documents are here:
Most relevant to our discussions last night are the “RMP” link, and Appendix D:

I have also attached the text I read from FERC staff recommendation, circa September 2006 (see yellow highlight).
As I opined, preemptively “checking off those boxes” might be one strategy to consider if more expedient adoption of Appendix D is desired.
I remain available to discuss this further, but would advise that you consider including DWR’s local Oroville Field Division License Coordination Branch (Eric and Kevin cc’ed above) to any degree that you also engage State Parks.
Hope this is of some help,

Trail Use Change

To request a change in trail use, follow the process shown below.

Write a detailed request and send or drop off at the office of Parks and Recreation.

The office for the Oroville area is:

District Supervisor or Head Ranger
Department of Parks and Recreation
Northern Buttes District
400 Glen Drive
Oroville, CA 95966-9222

The request should include:

  • Trail name and it's trailheads.
  • Current allowed uses.
  • Which additions are requested.
  • Reason for request.
  • Any supporting statements, i.e. “Trail is wide with good lines of sight.”

Request to be kept informed as to progress on your request.
CA DPR trail use change process pdf

​Rules of the Trail

These "Rules of the Trail" are copied from IMBA's web site, we can not put it better:

IMBA developed the "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.