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Peters Canyon

Intermediate
 3.4 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An ideal place for beginners to build confidence and stamina.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

20%

Singletrack

590' 180 m

High

331' 101 m

Low

376' 115 m

Up

376' 115 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Overview

An easy 5+ mile loop around Peters Canyon Reservoir, and through the canyon. There are a few steep slopes to climb, and a few slightly technical sections, but otherwise, a very easy mountain bike ride.

Enjoy views of a man-made lake, and ridge-top views of the surrounding area.

Description

Begin the flat, easy Lake View trail by going west. Just over a half-mile later, the doubletrack changes into a wide fire road. Look for a singletrack on the left called Cactus Point Trail. This weaves through sage brush and thick patches of cactus to the lakeside, then slowly doubles back to Lake View, climbing slightly along the way.

Turn left on Lake View. The wide road descends steeply, then ascends a leg-burning slope affectionately called "Thrash Mountain" (beginners WILL have to walk this). At the top, go left. The trail reverts back to a doubletrack, descending a slightly technical section down the side of the dam. At the base of the dam, the trail becomes a wide, dirt road and soon ends at Peters Canyon Trail, another wide, dirt road.

Turn right on Peters Canyon Trail and you'll see a trail branch to the left, Big Red (officially, it's the start of Ridge View Trail), that climbs up a MONSTER, reddish colored hill. For this ride, don't climb it. Stay straight and a short distance later, turn left on a doubletrack (Gnatcatcher - easy connector). Despite a 60-foot climb, this is the easy way up to Ridge View Trail.

Stay right on Ridge View and follow the wide, ridge-top, dirt road up and down (mostly down), for about a mile, taking in views of the area. Along the way, there is a short connector on the right next to a bench called Scout Trail. This takes you down to Peters Canyon Trail in case you want to explore, or cut the ride short. Also, there are a lot of hikers on this stretch, please be respectful.

After that mile, the trail narrows to a singletrack near a rest spot with a bench. This is Eucalyptus Trail. There are a few sections similar in difficulty to the drop next to the dam, and is a great place to practice mountain bike techniques if you're a beginner. If you have experience... BOMB IT! It'll be the only place you can.

At the bottom, turn right and proceed through the gate and up Peters Canyon Trail. Again, this is a super easy, wide, dirt road that climbs only slightly at first, gradually getting steeper until you reach the cross-roads near the dam again. Stay right, and climb the east shoulder of the dam. After the dam, stay left and the trail narrows to a wide doubletrack, descending slightly into the reeds and vegetation surrounding the reservoir.

Soon you'll reach the street corner of Jamboree and Canyon View Ave. Turn left and head back to the parking lot.

Have fun!

Contacts

Shared By:

Dave Gregg with improvements by Kristen Lane

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  3.4 from 20 votes

#2170

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Photos

After getting to the top of "thrash mountain" a photo looking down doesn't even begin to show how steep it really is!
Jan 29, 2016 near North T…, CA
View from south ridge lake loop.
Jul 6, 2018 near North T…, CA
Screen grab off the GoPro. Wish I had this info going down - it would have been a lot more fun as the trail down is not technical!
Jan 29, 2016 near North T…, CA
Sunset over the reservoir.
May 30, 2014 near North T…, CA
Looking up at the stand of eucalyptus that this trail is named for.
May 30, 2014 near North T…, CA
To keep your spirits high, try not to look at "Thrash Mountain" in the distance, a short but steep rutted hill on the way to the dam.
May 30, 2014 near North T…, CA

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Mar 7, 2021
Matt Tutor
Great time! 6.7mi
Feb 7, 2021
Taz Moua
Park at Peters Canyon Main Parking. $3. Trail is not hard to find. Steep but short incline near beginning. Walked it to the top. Great for beginners.
Nov 22, 2020
AnnMarie Flamenco
6mi
Jun 5, 2020
Celio Iribarren
Mar 22, 2020
Allan Alfaro
Do not come here on a weekend. Lots of hikers.
Mar 7, 2020
David Burrows
1h 00m
Mar 6, 2020
Pablo H.
Testing GX derailleur... just got installed by the path bike shop 5.8mi — 52h 43m
Feb 9, 2020
Derek Johansson
4.1mi