I live in Arizona, so I can't compare it to much other riding in So. Cal., but it was certainly an epic ride - the initial fireroad climb is long and hot but not technical at all. You're climbing for quite a while. When you get to the very top, the inviting-looking single track heads back down through a series of sharp switchbacks - the trail was a bit overgrown here - lots of branches and the like. Not the smoothest downhill single track (it lacks that magic "flow" that the best trails seem to have), but certainly fun, and better than fire road climbing! Some of the switch backs are too rutted out to ride easily. The scenery is quite pretty, especially once you get down to the crystal clear river. It was really quite idylic, except for the swarming gnats and mosquitos (even in wintertime - and watch out for the red ants if you sit on the ground!) Once there, the river crossings are beautiful but a bit tedious - short stretch of trail, dismount, scramble over wet, slipery rocks, remount, repeat. Once you get back towards civilization, the trails pick up speed, but you're back among the hikers so you have to reign it in. I explored the side trail mentioned near the end, from the campground to the waterfall - very pretty, with a pool at the base that makes for a great quick and cold dip! It's a good solid ride, that leaves you with that post ride glow and ready for a cold beer.