El Prieto Trail

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  4.5 from 24 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 11 votes
Rank: #1 in the Angeles National Forest area
#2 in CA, #12 Overall
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Trail in the area near La Cañada Flintridge,
“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
3:47 average time for 6.0 miles. Details

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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PHOTOS of El Prieto Trail
  3.4 from 5 votes
A bit of technical fun on the way down El Prieto. (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  3.2 from 5 votes
Prieto Canyon Trail stop for a flat tire. (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Watch your noggin, those bushes are dangerous! (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Rider POV (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
El Prieto trail. Beautiful area other than lots of poison oak! (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  2.5 from 4 votes
A long, but very good, video of the entire downhill run at El Prieto Can... (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)
  2.5 from 4 votes
Mountain biking El Prieto Trail in the rain. (La Cañada Flintridge, CA)