Mountain Biking Southern California's Best 100 Trails

Second Edition

Edited by Delaine Fragnoli & Don Douglass

Map of Southern California
Safety & Precautions
Special Note: Forest Adventure Pass
Foreword by Cindy Whitehead
A Letter from the Bureau of Land Management
A Letter from the U.S. Forest Service
IMBA Rules of the Trail
Welcome to Mountain Biking Southern California
Special Considerations

Chapter 1: San Diego County
By Delaine Fragnoli
1. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Loop
2. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
3. Mission Trails Regional Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park:
4. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: East Loop
5. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: West Loop
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area:
6. Noble Canyon
7. Indian Creek/Big Laguna Meadow Loop
Anza Borrego Desert State Park:
8. Pinyon Mountain Road and Fish Creek Wash to Split Mountain
9. Jasper Trail/Grapevine Canyon
10. Coyote Canyon Shuttle

Chapter 2: Orange County
By Robert Rasmussen
11. Crystal Cove State Park: Moro Ridge Route
12. Aliso/Wood Canyons Regional Park: Rock-It/Cholla Loop
Cleveland National Forest:
13. Silverado Canyon to Santiago Peak
14. Santiago Truck Trail with Joplin Trail Option
15. Trabuco Trail/West Horsethief Trail
16. San Juan Trail to Blue Jay Camp
Chino Hills State Park:
17. Aliso Valley
18. Telegraph Canyon Trail to the Main Divide

Chapter 3: Coachella Valley/Riverside County
By Paul Maag
19. Murray Peak
20. Pinyon/Palm Canyon Loop
21. Pinyon Flats
22. Mt. Santa Rosa Road
23. Sawmill Trail
24. Thomas Mountain Loop
25. Fobes Ranch Road
26. Black Mountain Road

Chapter 4: San Bernardino Mountains
By Robert Shipley and Allen Thibault
27. Silverwood Lake Bike Path
28. Pilot Rock/Miller Canyon
29. Keller Peak/National Children’s Forest
30. Snow Slide Road/Green Valley Lake with Butler Peak Option
31. Big Bear Lake Circuit
32. Holcomb Valley Historic Settlement
33. Skyline Drive via Sky Chair
34. Champion Lodgepole/Bluff Mesa
35. Santa Ana River Trail

Chapter 5: Angeles National Forest
By Mike Troy, Kevin Woten and Delaine Fragnoli
Mt. Baldy District:
36. West Fork to Monrovia Peak
Arroyo Seco District:
37. Mt. Wilson Toll Road Climb
38. Mt. Lowe/Echo Mountain Loop
39. Gabrieleno Trail from Red Box through the Arroyo Seco
40. Josephine Peak/Strawberry Peak
41. Chilao Three Peaks Loop
42. Roundtop/Mt. Pacifico
Saugus District:
43. Sierra Pelona Ridge/Five Deer Trail
44. Upper Shake and Sawmill Mountain Campgrounds
with Alley-Oop Option
45. Sawmill Mountain Truck Trail with Burnt Peak Option
46. Liebre Mountain/Golden Eagle Loop
Valyermo District:
December 1, 2008

Chapter 6: Santa Monica Mountains
By Jim Hasenauer and Mark Langton
Topanga State Park:
48. Trippet Ranch/East Topanga Loop
Malibu Creek State Park:
49. Crags Road/Bulldog Loop/Lakeside Lateral Loop
50. Solstice Canyon/Latigo Canyon/Backbone Trail
Pt. Mugu State Park:
51. Sycamore Canyon/Guadalasca Trail Loop
with Wood Canyon View Trail Option
Cheeseboro Canyon National Recreation Area:
52. Sulphur Springs Trail
53. Palo Comado Canyon/Cheeseboro Canyon Loop
with China Flats Option
Westlake Open Space:
54. Conejo Crest/White Horse/Triunfo Park
Los Robles Canyon Open Space:
55. Los Robles Trail

Chapter 7: Ventura County and the Sespe
By Mickey McTigue
Ojai Valley:
56. Shelf Road
57. Sulphur Mountain Road
58. Upper Ojai to Ojai over Nordhoff Ridge with Rose Valley Option
59. Monte Arido Road/Murietta Canyon
Alamo Mountain:
60. Alamo Mountain Loop Road
Frazier Mountain:
61. Frazier Mountain Road
62. East Frazier Mountain Road
Mt. Pinos:
63. Mt. Pinos/McGill Trail

Chapter 8: Santa Barbara County
By Mickey McTigue and Don Douglass
64. Romero Trail
65. East Camuesa Road/Juncal Camp to Mono Camp
66. Gibraltar Dam and Mine
67. Little Pine Mountain: East Camuesa Road/Buckhorn Road
68. Figueroa Mountain: Zaca Ridge Road
69. La Brea and Pine Canyons

Chapter 9: Central Coast: San Luis Obispo to Monterey
By Delaine Fragnoli and Mickey McTigue
70. Carrizo Plain Loop
Montaña De Oro State Park:
71. Bluff Trail
72. Islay Creek and East Boundary Trail Loop
73. Hazard Canyon, Manzanita Trail and Bloody Nose Trail Loop
74. Lake San Antonio: Long Valley Loop
75. Andrew Molera State Park
76. Big Sur: The Old Coast Road
Chapter 10: Southern Sierra: Sequoia National Forest
By Delaine Fragnoli
77. Big Meadow Loop
78. Cannell Trail
79. Shirley Meadows to Wofford Heights
80. Kern Canyon Trail/Kern River Trail
81. Breckenridge Lookout
82. Mill Creek Trail
83. Remington “Hobo” Ridge Trail

Chapter 11: Southern Sierra Nevada & Inyo/White Mountains
By Réanne Douglass, Mark Davis and Don Douglass
84. Hogback Loop
85. Mazourka Canyon
86. Taboose Creek Loop
87. McMurry Meadows Loop
88. Andrews Mountain Loop
89. White Mountain Ride
90. Silver Canyon Ride (“The Ultimate Kamikaze”)
91. Coyote High Sierra Traverse
92. Buttermilk Country Loop
93. Pleasant Valley Loop

Chapter 12: Desert Regions: Ridgecrest and Death Valley
By Delaine Fragnoli
94. Ridgecrest: College Loop
Death Valley National Park:
95. Titus Canyon
96. Darwin Loop
97. Upper Mojave Desert: Cactus Flat Ride
Joshua Tree National Park
98. Barker Dam/Hidden Valley
99. Geology Tour Road
100. Eureka Peak

About the Authors
Agencies, Visitor Centers, and Mountain Bike Clubs
Basic Skills for Mountain Biking by R.W. Miskimins
The Care and Feeding of a Mountain Bike by R.W. Miskimins
Roadside Repairs by R.W. Miskimins
Recommended Reading
Route Index




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