San Gabriel Foothills Trails
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Great mountain biking right in our backyard.
Relevant Guidebooks & Maps
Coate's Cyclery map/Bud's Cycles map
Leave your room and head for the hills.
OTL member Evan Bilstrom's favorite trail is reached by riding up on Baldy Road until you get to the dam (which looks kinda of like a quarry). Take the trail (Every Canyon Trail) from the turnout on the left side of the road. "It's a tough climb, but the downhill is incredible." Don't take the West fork, but continue on the main trail until you get to the water tower at "big junction" (see map). From there go either downhill on Cobal to Mills fence, or head back up a little ways to BP&E. From BP&E many options are available. OTL biker Bijan Modanlou's favorite trail is reached by riding up Mills, over the fence, and up Cobal. When you get to the top of the ridge, head down BP&E to the Marshall Canyon trail (there's a little sign where Marshall Canyon starts). The uphill is tough, but from this point on its all downhill. For the first mile of the trail there are some sudden and sharp switchbacks, so be extremely cautious, and take it slow. This trail is mostly single track, the sights are gorgeous, and you even get to run through some little creeks. It ends up at Emerald Rd. in Laverne. Take Baseline back to school (less traffic than Foothill).
Bring water, a patch kit, a pump, and your helmet. On hotdays avoid hill climbing in mid-afternoon.
Edited by (in order): OTL Staff
Last updated: 05/25/2009