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can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby youareawesome » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:53 am

Hello I hope you are well!

I moved to Los Angeles. I really don't like the straight up then straight down trails, which seem to be so common around here,and I don't like fire road but if it's some that's okay. I prefer loop and a distance of around 3-6 miles.I like twists and turns and wavy trail (small hills) and not totally flat but with some elevation gain that's spread out and not just in one spot. Basically, a fun singletrack that isn't too easy and isn't too deadly.

I'm depressed since leaving behind my favorite trail in Arkansas, called fossil flats! so if you can help me, you are saving my life :)

thank you
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby Greg Heil » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Hey man, i spent several weeks riding in the LA area, and I feel you--I really didn't like most of the trails. However, there are a few good trails out there and here's one that meets your description and that I really enjoyed: El Prieto http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/el-prieto.html

Be sure to read my description, check out the photos, and the GPS file. But basically it's a great singletrack loop with a little paved/gravel connector to get to it. There's a pretty big climb in it, but it's all rideable. I definitely recommend checking it out!
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby Gdb49 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:11 pm

I'm surprised to hear that SoCo is not chalked full of great riding. The Santa Monica mountains thru Topanga Canyon just seem made for it. Not to mention all the other canyons from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Never rode out their, but it has some of the best climbing and would have thought some of those same areas would go hand in hand. What about Joshua Tree?
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby Greg Heil » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Gdb49 wrote:I'm surprised to hear that SoCo is not chalked full of great riding. The Santa Monica mountains thru Topanga Canyon just seem made for it. Not to mention all the other canyons from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Never rode out their, but it has some of the best climbing and would have thought some of those same areas would go hand in hand. What about Joshua Tree?


They have tons of trails, but many of them are off-limits to mountain bikes and many of the ones that are are OK... but not great.

Joshua Tree is a national park so no riding there.
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby revans1961 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:44 pm

Not sure where you live in LA but if your willing to Drive to Orange County just a short put up the 5 fwy you might try Whiting ranch. Its in foothill ranch. Great ride going to take my brother in law and nephew this saturday they live in Albuquerque NM. If you feeling up to it you can do whiting to the luge a bit more than the 5 to 6 miles you wrote of. Happy trails.
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby youareawesome » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:33 pm

wow thanks everyone! I'll try those out and keep lookin' :D
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Re: can you help me find a trail in Southern California?

Postby chukt » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:53 pm

Mountain Bike Bill's website has alot of good beta too.

:P This link is the Trailhead Map :P

In addition to what you can find here of course.
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