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El Prieto Trail

Consensus:    (details)
 4.8 from 20 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 9 votes
Rank: #1 in the Angeles National Forest and Pasadena area
#1 in CA, #3 Overall
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Condition:
Jun 30 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Altadena,
“Sweet singletrack with lots of technical riding.”
Christopher Woodruff on Jun 1, 2013
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1.62.6 milesKilometers 12’4 m Ascent 2,024’617 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -711’-217 m Descent 1,324’404 m Low 22% Max Grade (12°)
Dogs: Leashed
Overview
3:47 average time for 6.0 miles. Details

Description
El Prieto is a unique singletrack experience in Southern California. Extreme exposure, 180-degree switchbacks, stream crossings, and rock gardens all within an oak-lined canyon. This is classic mountain biking with a challenge for everyone.

Beginning riders may choose to walk some technical sections but the trail is rideable from beginning to end by experienced riders. Beware of poison oak along this trail as its present all year.

El Prieto is usually 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'll 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.
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 3.7 from 3 votes
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 3.0 from 4 votes
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 3.0 from 3 votes
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 2.7 from 3 votes
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 2.3 from 3 votes
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