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Craigs-Bulldog-Mesa Peak, Santa Monica State Park

 
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14.7 Miles 23.6 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

2,750' 838 m

Ascent

-2,754' -839 m

Descent

2,407' 734 m

High

478' 146 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Very challenging climb, steep fire road descent.

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Overview

If done counter-clockwise, Craigs Road is a very challenging climb due to its constant grade. Much of the ride is fire road, maybe 70%. Some good singletrack, although short sections - last mile, and about 0.5 around mile 4, and 0.8 to 1.8. Mesa Peak has great views, and a cool ocean breeze in summer. At about mile 3.5 you can go back into a canyon where there is a small lake/swimming.

Need to Know

Bring about $8 cash for parking within park.

Description

If you park in the park, its about 0.8 miles on pavement to get back to singletrack trailhead. Mile 12 to 13.5 is steep fire road descent. Bring plenty of water for the climb! There are a couple offshoots down to the coast I have never tried yet. Last 0.25 mile on road back to park- plenty of dirt on west side of road.

History & Background

Mile ~4.7 is where they filmed MASH. Ambulance and some other memorabilia are there.

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Mar 19, 2017
Gary de Veyra
This was brutal and way over my skill level!! Cramped up so bad and took me over 8 hours! 16.2mi
Dec 25, 2016
Scott Hamilton
Nov 7, 2016
David Woods
Oct 16, 2016
Randi Snyder
Had trouble connecting some of the trails, did some back tracking, got 2 flat tires, the climb was brutal but the views were outstanding! 16.8mi
Oct 7, 2016
Farz Kabaei
Oct 5, 2016
David Woods
8h 30m
Sep 21, 2016
Jason Hanin
Sep 10, 2016
Ben Juarez
Finished half of the route. Counter Clock Wise. Ended near the the last bend. 7mi — 5h 00m

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  3.0 from 4 votes

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All Clear 87 days ago
Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Some fallen trees, little mud in places..
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