Mountain Bike Los Angeles County  by Charles Patterson

Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County Guide Book

by Charles Patterson (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mountain Bike Los Angeles County  by Charles Patterson
Whether you’re new to mountain biking or an experienced downhill or cross-country racer, Mountain Bike Los Angeles County is the must-have bible for the off-road rider in Southern California. Downhills, jumps, and scenic trails fill the pages and promise to keep you bouncing and bounding along in the great outdoors. With at-a-glance information that details trail conditions, difficulty, distance, and more, Mountain Bike Los Angeles County gives you all the information you need to find a great ride nearby. Each route is rated on technical and aerobic difficulty, so you won’t get more, or less, than you want in your ride. Even veteran Angelenos will find themselves surprised at the number of great loops and shuttle runs unbeknownst to them until now. After a broad tour of LA’s mountain bike playgrounds, you’ll know firsthand that SoCal truly is the mecca of mountain biking, and that Los Angeles is the center of it all.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

Thanks to advocacy groups like the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the Backbone Trail is still open to mountain bikers. This section of ...
Agoura Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.2
So, you want to ride singletrack, but you’re not willing or don’t have the time to drive to a far away destination? If that’s the case, go to Will Rogers State Historic Park (SHP) and ride the souther ...
Brentwood, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.7
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Big Sycamore Canyon, located in the northernmost region of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Point Mugu State Park, contains a variety of trails well suited to riders of all skill levels. The pristine ...
Thousand Oaks, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
El Prieto is probably the most popular singletrack route in LA County. Its considerable technical difficulty and closeness to LA make it attractive to the masses. Although this has become a regular ha ...
La Canada Flintridge, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
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One of many wild rides in the San Gabriel area, this route involves a long, sustained fire-road climb up Brown Mountain Road followed by a very narrow and treacherous descent into Gabrielino Canyon vi ...
La Canada Flintridge, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
Any utterance of the word “Bulldog” among SoCal local riders will surely elicit groans, sighs, and maybe a warning or two. Climbing the Bulldog Motorway is masochism for all but the most advanced ride ...
Hidden Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.6
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This area is close to many other popular mountain bike destinations in the Santa Monica Mountains, yet it doesn’t draw nearly as many fat-tire explorers. Perhaps fewer mountain bikers visit because it ...
Hidden Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
On paper, mountain biking Santa Catalina Island appears bittersweet. It may seem that the “hassles” involved—the boat ride, $20 passes, and bike inspection— could overshadow the joys of riding the isl ...
Avalon, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 28.5
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The East End Loop is the perfect introduction to mountain biking on Catalina Island. It features a priceless panorama of the city of Avalon, Avalon Canyon, Avalon Bay, and the East End, as well as som ...
Avalon, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.75
The Cheeseboro Ridge/Sulfur Springs Loop is the perfect after-work excursion because it mixes just the right amount of technical descending, aerobic climbing, and desert and chaparral scenery into a n ...
Agoura Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.4
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The Chilao Flat area provides a mountain bike experience that is vastly different from that of the other routes in the San Gabriel Mountains. Instead of 2,000-plus-foot climbs and steep, vertigo-inspi ...
Sierra Madre, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.7
More aerobically challenging than its previously profiled sister ride, the Vetter Mountain Loop provides an adventure uncharacteristic of the other routes in the San Gabriel Mountains area, lacking sw ...
Sierra Madre, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12
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This is the crown jewel of SoCal riding—a mountainside littered with a mosaic of sandstone boulders, some as small as VW buses and some as large as ten-story apartment buildings. The sandstone is inco ...
Hidden Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11
At only 3.1 miles in length, with no technical subtleties, this route barely qualifies as a mountain bike ride. All new mountain bikers, however, need short routes like this to get “broken in.” Added ...
Beverly Hills, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.1
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Just 6.5 miles long, the Dead Cow/China Flats/Suicide Loop is scarcely a test of one’s aerobic capabilities on a mountain bike. It is, however, a challenging test of two-wheeled technical prowess. If ...
Westlake Village, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.5
The Eagle Rock/Eagle Springs Loop, a relatively manageable climb, provides a great place to turn novice riders on to the sport of mountain biking as well as a fun route for experienced riders with lim ...
Hidden Hills, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
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To be such a short route, the Echo Mountain/Sam Merrill loop really packs a technical and aerobic punch. With the perfect blend of scenery, vigorous climbing, vertigo-inspiring cliffs, and challenging ...
La Canada Flintridge, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.2
It’s baffling that so few people ride Edison Road to Zuma Ridge. Perhaps the reason is that the trailhead is concealed on the side of Kanan Dume Road and closed with a fence that, ironically, has a si ...
Malibu, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.2
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For all intents and purposes, this area can be referred to as “Sycamore Canyon Lite.” It has all the environmental appeal of the Sycamore Canyon area of the northern Santa Monica Mountains, but in a m ...
Newport Beach, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.4
The Five Deer Trail is a surprisingly pristine singletrack within the highly popular off-highway-vehicle (OHV) area called Rowher Flats. Although there are many great trails located within OHV areas i ...
Lancaster, CA - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11
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