A shorter version of the popular Holy Jim - Horsethief route that eliminates the 4.5 mile fire road stretch. West Horsethief is a very demanding and steep ascent that will have even the most advanced rider hiking their bike up in certain sections. The pudding of the ride, after a mainly downhill section on the Main Divide fire road, is the serpentine singletrack descent of Holy Jim. Warning: The trailhead is located 4.5 miles down a rocky dirt road. If you have a car that has ground clearance issues, we recommend you start riding your bike at the beginning of this road (See the 24 mile version: Holy Jim - Horsethief)
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04/11/10 Haven't done this climb since the '07 VQ. I can't believe I did it after riding for nearly 40 miles. Luckily I don't remember it so I was motivated for today's ride. Great afternoon, cold on Main Divide.
01/17/10 Drive in to trailhead is a pain. Holy Jim is beautiful. Main divide is tough - great views. Very soft in spots and very rocky in others. First time on Trabucco - very nice trail. Ridable from top to bottom. Fun and fast. Rode with Jimmy.
03/14/09 Great Epic ride with 4 others. Looked to my left and we were above the clouds--like when you are in an airplane looking out the window above the clouds. Beautiful day! This route would suck in August 95 degree weather haha.