11 miles
Distance
3,759 ft
Climb
-3,763 ft
Descent
2,618 ft
High Point

Please wear a bell and always watch out for/be courteous to other trail users. The reason we have so many good trails around here is because we make a real effort to have friendly interactions with hikers and other trail users.

Get ready for a serious dose of "pain and pleasure". This is a climb that will challenge you relentlessy for 1,600 feet, but reward you with and absolutely fantastic singletrack descent. The remote location of these trails and the difficulty of the climb keep heavy amounts of traffic off these trails, meaning that they are some of the least eroded singletrack trails in the county.

The loop starts off with a little bit of a warm-up on the road from the lot to the bottom of Bridge Trail, but as soon as you turn right and start heading up the trail get ready for 1,600 feet of pain. It is only a 2 mile climb, and if you muscle straight through the whole thing you could be at the top in about 30 minutes, but almost everyone other than serious climbers will take at least a couple breaks, meaning it is usually a 45-60 minute climb. The first descent on this loop start off rocky and steep, then smooths out and becomes more flat, before finally dropping in to Canyon Trail, which is very smooth with fun little dips and turns through the trees. At the bottom of Canyon Trail turn left and head back up Bridge. When I recorded this route I did go all the way up to the peak the second time I climbed up there, but you could easily cut that section out to save yourself some climbing without missing any new downhill, since you will have already ridden that section. Take the section labeled on here as "Lookout Road" in order to reach TV Tower Road. Make a right on to TV Tower, rip down through the eucalyptus grove, and then ascend a small climb before descending a little further to the top of Boy Scout Trail. Boy Scout trail is a very fun, relatively steep (for legally built trails), and it takes you straight back to where you started, a great way to end the ride!

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Tour de Cerro Alto mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    882 ft
  • Altitude start
    898 ft
  • Altitude end
    895 ft
  • Grade
    -0.005%
  • Grade max
    -40.654%
  • Grade min
    40.317%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,400 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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  • Snow Packed
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      Trail transparency
      Horn Canyon side by side
      Horn Canyon side by side
      1:21 | 155 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Apr 15, 2013
      Two non edited runs of the Horn Canyon Trail in Ojai, CA. Side by side for your benefit. I'm riding a 2008 Transition Blindside. Music: Nuera-...
      Horn Canyon Trail
      Horn Canyon Trail
      1:42 | 159 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Apr 15, 2013
      Edited Version of a couple runs down Horn Canyon Trail in Ojai. I'm riding a 2008 Transition Blindside. Music: Course of Nature - Wall of Shame

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Canyon Trail
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 12:33pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      SO good
      Bridge Trail
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 12:33pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      The dirt is perfect. Dark brown and tacky.
      Boy Scout Trail
      Jan 19, 2018 @ 12:32pm
      Jan 19, 2018
      Could use a little trimming but not bad at all. Dirt is PRIME
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