Cheeseboro Ridge Trail

Calabasas, California 91399

Elevation Gain2,898ft
Trailhead Elevation1,286ft
Elevation Min/Max1256/1831ft
Elevation Start/End1286/1286ft

Cheeseboro Ridge Trail

Cheeseboro Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Calabasas, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 1,286 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,898 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sheep Corral Trail, Canyon View Trail, Morrison Ranch Trail, Edison Road to Las Virgenes Canyon, Las Virgenes Canyon Trail Connector, Cheeseboro Ridge Trail Connector and Edison Road.

Cheeseboro Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This 12.2-mile loop is a prime beginner-intermediate ride. It features lots of level riding at first to build confidence, rewards efforts with abundant wildlife views, and then segues into some tough but quick climbs that challenge riders to improve themselves. It's no surprise that this is one of the most family-friendly riding areas in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Technically speaking, the ride is located in the Simi Hills and not the Santa Monicas, but the scenery is just as beautiful. This is just one of many possible trail combinations in this area."

"San Fernando Valley. Similar in scope and feel to neighboring Las Virgenes Canyon (Hike 24), this lengthy journey will make you feel like you're a million miles away from the city. In spring, you can snap photos of emerald meadows that could easily fool people into thinking you’ve booked a flight to Ireland."

"It’s the old California of the ranchos: Oak-studded potreros, rolling foothills that glow amber in the dry months, emerald green in springtime. It’s easy to imagine vaqueros rounding up tough Mexican range cattle. For years this last vestige of old California faced an uncertain future, but thanks to the efforts of conservationists it was saved from golf course and suburban development.

From the days of the ranchos to 1985, Cheeseboro Canyon was heavily grazed by cattle. Grazing altered canyon ecology by displacing native flora and allowing opportunistic plants such as mustard and thistle to invade. As you walk through the canyon, you’ll see signs indicating research areas. The National Park Service is attempting to re-colonize native flora and eradicate nonnatives."

"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 nice, compact package.

For this reason, this route is a staple of the North Valley XC scene and even entices regular visitors from other areas. Of all the rides in SoCal, Cheeseboro Ridge has the potential to be the hottest so riding this route in the late afternoon or early morning is a far better option than attacking it midday."

"The Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons park site, a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, serves as an important wildlife corridor between the interior Transverse Ranges in the north and the Santa Monica Mountains to the south. Self-propelled travelers by the thousands have discovered the place, but there’s plenty of room for visitors to spread out. The long, leisurely loop route described here visits the two canyons, both surprisingly serene and pristine despite extensive suburban development"

"Instantly a hit when it first opened to the public in the late 1980s, Cheeseboro Canyon now draws a host of hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and even some wheelchair explorers to its network of old roads and newer trails.

Friendly rangers patrol the roads and trails on horseback, eager to tell anyone willing to lend an ear about the park’s natural features and wildlife (deer and coyotes, especially)."

Cheeseboro Ridge Trail Reviews

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Terrific trail that's accessible to beginners but has plenty to offer more advanced riders. For beginners, the ride up Cheeseboro Canyon Trail to Shepherds' Flat and back is a great 6-7 mile spin. Lots of short, challenging ascents, but no mile-long climbs that will trash your legs and ruin your day. The fireroads are narrow and trail-like; the single track above Sulphur Springs is wind-y and fun. If you're feeling your oats, more challenging terrain is right around the corner. For an invigorating climb and terrific view, take a detour up Modelo Trail or hit any of the others that parallel Cheeseboro Cyn. Trail junctions are well marked. There were plenty of hikers, horseback riders, and other mountain bikers out on a beautiful Sunday, but it didn't feel crowded and everyone was friendly. Watch for rattlesnakes and other wildlife. We rode up on a good size rattler sunning himself on the trail but kept a safe distance and he calmly made his way back into the brush. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll be fine. Trail maps available at the trailhead near the main park entrance off Chesebro Rd.
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This trail rocks! It really has a little bit of everything. Some creek crossings, pretty rough and tumble singletrack, a few strenuous climbs and great scenery. I'd do it early in the morning to avoid the heat, and it is a really nice workout, but really manageable if you are in good shape. It really does test your bike handling skills in some areas which is fun and the scenery is varied with shaded creek areas, scrubby desert areas and great vistas. Enjoy!
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One heck of a workout. I stayed on the Cheeseboro Ridge Trail. As you can see by the date of the ride, I rode in the heat. The thermometer breached 100 early in our ride. Leave early before the sun becomes a problem and bring plenty of water. Beautiful views and friendly riders made this a pleasant trip. I want to give this trail a shot after a little rain to see how green it can be. Enjoy!
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Heading up the canyon, you really don't start having ahuge amount of fun until the dos bitches, those two short steep climbs. They are doable, just commit to your line and you'll be over them post-haste. After this, you continue on to a dead end. Take the beginners to the right for fire road runs back to the canyon floor. Everyone else go left and head out to the small graded overlook area. Turn around and you'll see a sneaky little piece of singletrack heaven that cuts down the hill, avoiding the short fire road cruise out. It is fast, and usually rutted all to hell, but way more fun than the alternative. Head out and down the fire road for a boring return to the car, or turn around, retrace your route, and bomb back down sulphur springs the way you came in. Before you get out if the park completely (from either side), check the short climb up to the central ridge and run that little 2 mile singletrack exit to the horseshoe back to the car.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Calabasas
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018