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Summit Trail - Jordan Peak

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Trail Overview

The Summit trail from Jordan Peak is ridden as a shuttle, with some climbing to the peak and from meadow to meadow. With roughly 1,800' of climbing and just under 5,000' of DH, when connected with Nelson trail and inlcuding a bonus loop to Jordan Peak Lookout, the Summit trail makes for a similar experience to Cannell Trail on the Kern River District. The trail is not very technical, but it is easy to get lost on the many trail connections that are not well marked.

Typical ride time with shuttle: 3 to 5+ hours

Trail Description

The shuttle route for the Summit trail from Jordan Peak starts from the top of the North road just beyond Jordan Peak. Riders will find the start difficult to find off the road, but it is near the road, on the north-west side of the road. After riding the first segment, riders can add a bonus loop by climbing to the Jordan Peak lookout tower that overlooks Camp Nelson, Slate Mountain, Springville and the Golden Trout Wilderness. The first descent from Jordan Peak is steep and slightly technical, but it is a lot of fun. Alternately, riders can descend to McYntire Rock on a steeper, more technical trail, but then need to climb more to retunr to Summit Trail, or take some dirt roads and bypass singletrack. If the riders headed down the singletrack toward the road to Jordan Peak, and continued on Summit trail, they'll find a flowing singletrack through trees and along meadows with several climbs along the way down to Nelson Trail.

The old trail signs are confusing and there are many trail intersections along the way. In some cases, the trail will connect to a road, follow the road for a shirt distance and then connect to the trail on the other side of the road, which can be hard to find. Cows are allowed to graze in the meadows during the summer, so the trail surface can get soft and dusty in the dry season and cows can make some side-trails that look ligimate, but don't lead to the Summit Trail.
Eventually, Summit joins the top of the Nelson trail, so starting at Jordan Peak is one way to make a longer day out of one shuttle. Or if you're hungry for maximum elevation, start early and do a double shuttle, with Bear Creek in the morning and Summit from Jordan to Nelson in the afternoon!

 

Jordan Peak Lookout tower with Giant Trance

Jordan Peak Lookout tower

Cheryl climbing up the stairs to the Jordan Peak Lookout

Cheryl climbing up the stairs to the Jordan Peak Lookout

View to the North and the Golden Trout Wildersss

View to the North and the Golden Trout Wildersss

View to the South looking toward Bear Creek on Slate Mountain

View to the South looking toward Bear Creek on Slate Mountain with the haze from a recent fire on the Tule Indian Reservation

Cheryl Garst on McYntire Rock, overlooking Camp Nelson

Cheryl Garst on McYntire Rock, overlooking Camp Nelson

Gilbert Flores on McYntire Rock, overlooking Camp Nelson

Gilbert Flores on McYntire Rock, overlooking Camp Nelson

Gilbert Flores on riding the curves through the ferns on Summit Trail

Gilbert on riding the curves through the ferns on Summit Trail

Trail sign of confusion

Trail sign of confusion. Which way do we go? Summit Trail can be difficult to navigate if you've never ridden it before, or don't remember the intersections.

Cheryl riding through one of the many meadows on Summit TrailCheryl riding on Summit Trail near one of the many meadows

Gil riding on Summit Trail

Gil riding by another one of the great views on Summit Trail

Cheryl on Summit trail

Cheryl making one of the many trail connectsions after climbing out of another meadow.

Summit Trail finishes at Nelson Trail, so the double shuttle to ride Summit

Summit Trail finishes at the top of Nelson Trail, which is why the double shuttle pays off for an amazing half day of riding