20.6 miles
Distance
3,126 ft
Climb
-3,152 ft
Descent
1,533 ft
High Point

Just a way to hit both God's Trail and Sully's Trail in the same loop.

Detailed Description
Best Of El Granada is a 21 mile popular intermediate route located near El Granada California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 3,126 ft with a max elevation of 1,533 ft then descends -3,152 ft.
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29 Reviews & Comments

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XINX (Aug 7, 2022 at 1:06)
The gate says private but the path after the left gate is public. Local people use the gap on the left of the gate to access.
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brinkerhoff150 (Feb 25, 2022 at 9:12)
Rode El Granada God's Trail, Spine Ridge (Sully's Trail), and San Vicente Ridge Trail yesterday climbing each one and then descending. Strong climbers will be able to clean almost everything on each of these trails with the exception of maybe one steep washed out section at the very top of Spine Ridge. As far as descents go, I would say El Granada God's Trail was the most fun followed by Spine Ridge and lastly San Vicente Ridge Trail. I don't think San Vicente Ridge Trail was worth it personally although it is the easiest of the climbs. Also, like others mentioned Spine Ridge starts at the bottom of a horse ranch which definitely factors into appropriate speed on the descent.

All trails are clear with the exception of the top ~1/3 of San Vicente Ridge Trail which is pretty overgrown.

One final note - most routes show these trails as loops via gated off roads or from North/South Peak access roads. The climbs on those fire roads are steeper than climbing the trail in my opinion but may be a better option on weekends if it's busy. Mid week, I didn't see another biker, equestrian, or hiker the whole day. Happy trails!
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brinkerhoff150 (Feb 25, 2022 at 9:12)
Rode El Granada God's Trail, Spine Ridge (Sully's Trail), and San Vicente Ridge Trail yesterday climbing each one and then descending. Strong climbers will be able to clean almost everything on each of these trails with the exception of maybe one steep washed out section at the very top of Spine Ridge. As far as descents go, I would say El Granada God's Trail was the most fun followed by Spine Ridge and lastly San Vicente Ridge Trail. I don't think San Vicente Ridge Trail was worth it personally although it is the easiest of the climbs. Also, like others mentioned Spine Ridge starts at the bottom of a horse ranch which definitely factors into appropriate speed on the descent.

All trails are clear with the exception of the top ~1/3 of San Vicente Ridge Trail which is pretty overgrown.

One final note - most routes show these trails as loops via gated off roads or from North/South Peak access roads. The climbs on those fire roads are steeper than climbing the trail in my opinion but may be a better option on weekends if it's busy. Mid week, I didn't see another biker, equestrian, or hiker the whole day. Happy trails!
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banzaibrooks (Jul 26, 2021 at 3:59)
Unremarkable trail. Fast, but not much going on. The bottom jumping could be really good, but needs serious love.
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banzaibrooks (Jul 26, 2021 at 3:57)
Compared to descending "South Peak Hell", this trail was easy. Definitely a challenge to climb the up sections. Very loose & steep, even on my Ebike. But I enjoyed the exploration
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Alvinn (Jul 18, 2021 at 16:58)
I checked this trail on 7/18/21. It is not accessible because it is gated private property with no trespassing signs on the gate.
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seanmacnaughton (Feb 27, 2021 at 21:37)
The traverse from the Hell trail / south peak access is impossible as of 2/27/21. Vegetation becomes too thick and no bike will fit through.
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windsurfsf (Feb 21, 2021 at 13:43)
The gate where the road ends is a large private gate. There is a break on the left to walk thru, but bike handle bars won't fit. I was with a buddy so we handed bikes over no problem, but if I ride this solo I will connect with the other trail that joins a bit higher.
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telenelly (Nov 29, 2020 at 13:40)
This is a very beautiful and very fast descent. I really recommend riding it as an out-and-back. The other access method along the traverse is sub-optimal.
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santacruuuz (Oct 31, 2020 at 20:19)
You like hills? I parked at Quarry Park and rode up to Spine Ridge, then looped back on Highway 1. Spine Ridge on the back section has about 7 decents and climbs. With a pair of 5 Tens + flats + a dropper, I was able to ride down all decents and walked up the hills (I don't recommend clipless). There's one very steep hill similar to "Fast" in Pacifica but way looser. Just drop your seatpost, hang over the rear, and don't lock up the brakes. Good workout and definitely doable. I prefer God's Trail for more flow.
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Rswhitmarsh (Oct 4, 2020 at 15:48)
So much negativity... Yeah it's tough, but it's certainly do-able... Couple hike-a-bikes in the last third for sure (for me, anyway) but a great challenge!!!
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ericlaguna (Feb 12, 2021 at 12:05)
I completely agree, I rode this trail recently and it is a great challenge with great views and fun downhills. The trail could use a bit of love in some areas, but the ruts add to the challenge and add a "raw" feeling to the trail that you wouldn't experience if it was just a boring fire road. I wouldn't recommend trying to get to Pacifica on this trail, because the trail that connects it is an insane climb, but if you are looking for a nice view of the ocean, and a challenging ride, this trail is amazing.
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Rswhitmarsh (Feb 12, 2021 at 12:50)
Yep... Tracking a ridge between the ruts just makes it all the more challenging... Just had my best run yet down the last hill westward :-).
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ericlaguna (Feb 12, 2021 at 13:43)
Your experience can also vary depending on the bike you're riding, my friend rode it on his DH bike and he had a lot of fun, and I rode it on my hardtail, and it was a different experience...
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BikaBoyz (Aug 15, 2020 at 16:29)
Started this trail from EG Blvd side and almost died. The thought actually passed through my mind that I might die on this trail from exhaustion. The climbs are insane!! Just when you think you conquered the last one... think again. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that at some point I would reach Spine Ridge Trail and have some downhill fun. By the time I got to Spine Ridge I barely had enough energy to stay on my bike and ride to the bottom.
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BikaBoyz (Aug 15, 2020 at 16:10)
This trail will take you to Gods Trail and Spine Ridge Trail. The gate that use to have an opening for people to access these two trails has been boarded up, so you will have to jump gate after lifting bike over .
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BikaBoyz (Aug 3, 2020 at 16:09)
Fast trail, Especially after second climb. Water bars come out of nowhere, even when scanning ahead. Be careful with hikers coming up trail. I’ve ridden this trail couple of times in last two weeks and there were no views in AM because of dense fog.
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phuse (Jul 25, 2020 at 19:34)
Great trail with phenomenal views. As the description says, the water bars will buck you if you're not ready for them.
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fullsendcity (Apr 30, 2020 at 18:25)
full send this shit boys it’s light i ayte it a couple times but just get right back up on that horse and send
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Coastsiderider54 (Apr 26, 2020 at 12:07)
Super fun and steep easy blue
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ppatmag (Feb 16, 2020 at 6:17)
Bad trail turns fun on ebike...
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ppatmag (Feb 16, 2020 at 6:16)
Ebike..... all I gotta say
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clkircos (Apr 30, 2019 at 15:09)
One of the most fun DH trails in the Bay Area in my opinion!! Super fast and flowy. So much fun.
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clkircos (Apr 30, 2019 at 15:07)
If you are considering riding this trail, remember this comment and that I am telling you that you do not want to ride this trail. ???? Stupidly steep sections (must be around 40%), difficult to even walk up let alone ride. The whole trail is largely a hike.
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Bryanharv (Apr 14, 2019 at 15:17)
I’m not sure I’d call this a black. It had some pretty fun sections where you could let it run pretty fast. Was flown more than technical. It would have been more fun but was pretty overgrown in some areas. I could barely see the trail through the plants.
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MZnwHh (Apr 6, 2022 at 8:26)
three years later, same condition
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Bryanharv (Apr 14, 2019 at 15:14)
Yeah, not a great trail. There are a few hike a bikes in there for sure. Both ways.
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pistol2ne (Jan 27, 2019 at 9:36)
This trail is very loose and pretty steep. It's not that great. Getting there is a huge pain and requires hike a bike a bunch.
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SikeMo (Jan 27, 2019 at 1:05)
Riding this 'trail' is a really bad idea.
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Best Of El Granada mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    26 ft
  • Altitude start
    60 ft
  • Altitude end
    33 ft
  • Grade max
    -69.3%
  • Grade min
    51.7%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Spine Ridge Traverse
Apr 6, 2022 @ 8:22am
Apr 6, 2022
Sandy and rutted. Recommend you arrive with good-traction walkable shoes for the 4-5 major steep climbs.
Spine Ridge (Sully's Trail)
Jan 24, 2022 @ 10:44am
Jan 24, 2022
Wildflowers early this year! Especially Farmers Daughter section
Farmer's Daughter
Jan 24, 2022 @ 10:44am
Jan 24, 2022
Wildflowers early this year!
El Granada Blvd
Mar 13, 2021 @ 2:22pm
Mar 13, 2021
Muddy puddles in the usual spots, and some deep rain ruts to watch out for, but good shape overall
Spine Trailhead (Walk Thru)
Mar 13, 2021 @ 2:22pm
Mar 13, 2021
Busy with equestrian/ranch activity as usual :-)
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