Kenter Whoops Trail

Brentwood, California

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The Kenter Whoops are a marvel of human engineering and excavation. Created by local riders over the last 20 years, this 0.9-mile-long roller-coaster ride of whoops and jumps would surely have been bulldozed long ago had it been part of the state park system. Thankfully, the landowners have left this gem alone and have kept the area open to users. Some of the double jumps on this trail are Evel Knievel huge and should be attempted only by experienced dirt jumpers who drape themselves in protective gear. Because of the extreme difficulty, this is by far the most technically demanding ride in the Santa Monica Mountains. However, you don’t have to be Brian Lopes to ride here—every double can be ridden around safely.
Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County

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Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County

by Charles Patterson (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Kenter Whoops are a marvel of human engineering and excavation. Created by local riders over the last 20 years, this 0.9-mile-long roller-coaster ride of whoops and jumps would surely have been bulldozed long ago had it been part of the state park system. Thankfully, the landowners have left this gem alone and have kept the area open to users. Some of the double jumps on this trail are Evel Knievel huge and should be attempted only by experienced dirt jumpers who drape themselves in protective gear. Because of the extreme difficulty, this is by far the most technically demanding ride in the Santa Monica Mountains. However, you don’t have to be Brian Lopes to ride here—every double can be ridden around safely.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brentwood
Length: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 1,650 feet
Local Maps: USGS Topanga, Beverly Hills
Topo Map: Kenter Whoops Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2011

This trail is a great little singletrack easily accessible, especially for those residing on the westside. I looped around and hit the whoops a total of 3 times and the whole ride was a little over 4 miles. The trail starts off as a fireroad and has one minor but steep climb to where the singletrack part starts. The reward is huge when you get to the singletrack offshoot to your left (on the way up). It's narrow at times with humps (the whoops)and is fun to test your technical ability with a decent amount of speed. After awhile the trail widens offering something for all levels of dirt-jumpers. Intermediate riders like myself can pick and choose which jumps look just right while advanced riders can enjoy the bigger options. There is a huge gap about 3/4 the way down the trail - inexperienced riders should stay left at this point or you could get yourself into some unwanted trouble. If you're like me, you like to push your limits but this one pops up as somewhat of a surprise. I'd imagine this gap to not be much of a problem for experienced riders. My advice would be to ride it the first time cautiously and note where the hairy parts are. Then loop back around and let it loose a little more! Overall, great ride that I will definitely frequent more in the coming months.

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