El Prieto Trail Details
El Prieto is definitely one of the best single track experiences in Southern California. Extreme exposure, tight switch backs, fun turns, stream crossings, and rock gardens all within a ~2 mile descent through a oak lined canyon. This is classic mountain biking with a challenge for everyone.
Beginning riders may walk many of the technical sections but the trail is definitely rideable from beginning to end by experienced riders. Beware of poison oak along this trail as its pretty much around all year.
El Prieto is generally accessed by climbing up Brown Mountain to the first saddle and then descending the Fern Truck Trail to the upper El Prieto entrance. As you ascend Brown, you will see the downhill exit of El Prieto at the log. Do be aware that plenty of hikers visit El Prieto and using a bell is highly advised, especially on weekends.
Park at the parking lot overlooking JPL or in the upper neighborhoods if you’re leery of your car getting broken into during less crowded hours.
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More Stats for El Prieto Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-738 ft
Altitude min1,294 ft
Altitude max2,032 ft
Altitude start2,032 ft
Altitude end1,294 ft
Distance climb2,254 ft
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat318 ft
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El Prieto Trail Trail Reports
Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:27pmDec 29, 2016
Nov 8, 2016 @ 10:14amNov 8, 2016
|El P. is riding loose and dusty right now...portions of trail are eroding away... an easier trail, but be wary of the rattlesnakes especially...|
Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:19pmOct 20, 2015
|The tree blocking trail has been fixed. David added some logs to create ramp over the tree. It is now ridable and hikeable.|
Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:03pmOct 6, 2015
|New tree blocking the trail. Needs a saw to cut and move it.|
Sep 11, 2015 @ 3:04pmSep 11, 2015
|Tree down the first Y. Go right on the original trail and watch out for the cactus!|
Routes with this trail
|Mt Lowe, Sam Merril, sunset, EP||13.3 miles|
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