2 miles
Distance
177 ft
Climb
-915 ft
Descent
00:13:10
Avg time
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El Prieto Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Brown Mountain
    Altadena, California
  • AKA
    El Prieto
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #475

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.

Access Info

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for El Prieto Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -738 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,294 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,032 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,032 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,294 ft
  • Grade max
    -48.772%
  • Grade min
    20.06%
  • Distance climb
    2,254 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    318 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:07
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on Oct 8, 2017
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Avg: 4.85 (13 votes)

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El Prieto Trail Trail Reports

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Sep 29, 2015 @ 3:21pm
Sep 29, 2015
| 1 comments El Prieto Trail, Pasadena
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Sep 29, 2015 @ 3:21pm
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Sep 29, 2015 @ 3:21pm
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El Prieto Trail, Pasadena
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Sep 11, 2015 @ 3:04pm
Sep 11, 2015
El Prieto Trail, Altadena

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag llindsey (Nov 4, 2017 at 7:27)
 Rode El P 4 times last weekend and was terrific. Parts of lower trail are were sandy due to lack of moisture. Enjoy.
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