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    Cheeseboro Ridge Trail

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

    Cheeseboro Ridge Trail

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    Santa Monica, CA
    Pathfinder | 120 pts
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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.
    North Hollywood, CA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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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!
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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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!
    Riverside, CA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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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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    Moderate to Difficult
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    Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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