How do the N Fork and Mumford Bar trails look these days? I haven't been in those parts since the last fire and can envision a ton off dead-fall.
It's a heartbreak, for sure. The trails are essentially open, with some tread damage in the fire area. There were some trees down between Beacroft and Sailor Flat trails, but I suspect American River Trail is open all the way thru now (I was last there over a year ago). Mumford is open.
Each year it will look less worse for forest bare. I live just below Sugar Pine Res, so essentially this point to point ride ends at a BBQ at my house. Epic ride through great country and A LOT of different of track.
(...let me know if if you are up for it next summer, and we can set-up a shuttle, mtbr outing Iowa Hill style. There are many big, fantastic all-day loops from home too.)
Hole in the Ground for me. After the tough climb you start descending on a really cool spine. Then you just flow through a trail that was built with us in mind. Also the great scenery. The last 1/4 of the ride is pretty awful (juttery staircase, loose rocks, badly marked trail, riding the road back to the car) but it's worth it.
I usually do an out and back on this trail with the turn around spot at Lower Montez Lake. It's a great spot to take a break or swim; it also cuts out the stairs and that shitty gravel fire road.