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Powder Canyon

 3.6 (19)

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

1,165' 355 m

Ascent

-1,167' -356 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

1,334' 407 m

High

596' 182 m

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Shared By David Gregg

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Dirt road climbs, doubletrack descents, scenic, shaded switchbacks, and a web of hidden singletrack.

David Gregg

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Overview

Also known as Schabarum Park, this complex of trails and dirt roads have a surprising amount of natural beauty. Though, like Turnbull Canyon, you may need to grow accustomed to the twin sets of high-capacity wire spanning the hills and gaps atop massive steel towers a quarter-mile apart.

The loop around the outside of the park is 6.7 miles. However, there are two other dirt roads and many hidden single-tracks within the loop that can be combined into many shapes for longer, more challenging rides.

Roughly, the northern half of the Powder Canyon trails are managed by Los Angeles County Parks and Rec, while the southern half is administered by the Puente Hills Habitat Authority.

Description

The first half of the 6.7 mile loop - the southern, climbing half - are 20-foot wide, packed-dirt roads, well maintained due to work on the power lines. Starting from the horse corral near old Fullerton Rd is Powder Canyon Rd, a very pleasant, mild climb with tree-coverage. The upper part of the climb*, Purple Sage Trail, is nasty. With no shade, 10-15% grades, and a boring road, you better bring your iPod.

*Make sure to turn left up the steep hill at the intersection of Powder Canyon Rd and Purple Sage Trail to get up to the radio towers.

Approaching the towers, there is a right-hand split, then a another one a few hundred yards later. Take the second right, a short connector to a wide dirt road that sweeps around the right side of radio tower hill. This leads to the first down, Schabarum Trail, a fast, hard-packed doubletrack with slightly banked, wide turns. There is some rutting to watch for, and there are a few intermediate steep sections that, for a beginner, may slow you down. There can be a lot of hikers on this trail, the fastest part of your downhill, so be very careful.

At the bottom, follow the flat trail around to the right, eventually cross a bridge, then pass horse stables. Stay right and climb back up Powder Canyon Rd from the opposite direction. In a half-mile look for a trail split up and to the left, Schabarum Trail Extension.

The north side of the loop features a gem of a trail, Schabarum Trail Extension. A two-way trail for the most part, it has fun features either way; a beautiful, tree-covered set of switchbacks, and a thrilling, mile-long descent just begging to be shredded... HARD. But first, you have to climb those switchbacks! Hopefully the shade of the trees helps. From the top, the downhill starts slow and stays pretty mild for a while. Then about half-way down it gets steeper and steeper until the final hill down to the street.

At the bottom, stay right and follow the sidewalks back to the starting point.

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Nov 21, 2018
Charles Barber
Great place to get out and ride. Watch out for hikers on the downhills. 7mi
Nov 18, 2018
Daniel Osorio
Nov 18, 2018
Victor Loza
Nov 11, 2018
Vien To
Nov 7, 2018
Tony Tsai
Trying the full loop
Nov 5, 2018
Tony Tsai
First time came in from fullerton/harbor Good workout
Oct 20, 2018
Christopher Ross
8mi
Jun 22, 2018
Vien To

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  3.6 from 19 votes

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Did this a few days ago and found a few parts overgrown. I went counter clockwise and might try clockwise next time. Great ride though. May 25, 2017
Dieter von Zengler
Altadena, CA
Dieter von Zengler   Altadena, CA
This is fun ride. The hardest part is the initial climb, but you're rewarded with a steep descent along winding single and double tracks. The second half is back to climbing along single track that once again gives way to a long - and for the most part straight - section of trail. Be careful of people and horses. This is a popular multi use trail. May 24, 2018
have been eyeballing this place for a while now, finally, decide to take a ride today, and see all the fun we are missing. first of all, this morning was in a perfect weather around 9 AM about 68F, throughout the ride I didn't feel overheating even climb was harish with the switch back. feel a little anxious, where the roads are fast in some trail and didn't know if I am allowed to be on this part of the trail. Lots of hikers, be aware of your place at all time, one obstacle was an overhanging tree actually was in the path and if I didn't have the helmet on, I would of be knockout because of speed i was going with. easy ride, the climbs are kinda tough, I'm comparing to Chino Hills Loop and Fullerton Loop, as they don't have long climbs like these. well, maybe Chino Hills are tougher...LOL Nov 5, 2018

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