ElevationAscent: 279' 85 m
Descent: -230' -70 m
High: 714' 218 m
Low: 612' 187 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A winding trail through some of the most scenic areas of Palos.”— Jason O'Young
Family Friendly Mostly smooth singletrack trail with some root areas and dips.
Starting at he bottom of Gravity Cavity, the eastern section begins with several tight climbing switchbacks and a fast section with fast dips. The next section winds around the top of several scenic ravines. Ride uphill to the trail's namesake, an old CCC shelter nicknamed the Stonehouse. A right turn after the Stonehouse and the trail continues to a fast downhill section.
The final tight turn of this section leads to an armored creek crossing and a three-way intersection. Left at the intersection will take you out to Palos Yellow Multitrack East. Continuing to the right on Stonehouse trail is a section that was previously named Out-and-Back featuring several tight hairpin turns and two ravine crossings. At another three-way intersection, going straight will take you out to Palos Yellow Multitrack East. Turning right will continue on Stonehouse downhill into a fun area with a series of bermed turns, a small armored creek crossing, and a large armored creek crossing.
The next intersection brings you to Burrito Hill and end of Stonehouse trail. Left on Burrito Hill will bring you to Palos Yellow Multitrack East and right on Burrito Hill will lead to 104th Ave.
Starting from the eastern end at Burrito Hill, Stonehouse will start with smooth flowy sections, a large armored creek crossing and a smaller creek crossing. Climbing a series of bermed turns, keep cranking those pedals and use the berms to maintain your climbing momentum. A gradual climb ends at a three-way intersection. Going right will take you out to Palos Yellow Multitrack East.
Turning left will continue onto Stonehouse on a section that was previously known as Out-and-Back which has several hairpin turns and two ravine crossings. At the next 3-way intersection, going straight leads to Palos Yellow Multitrack East and turning left will be a creek crossing and a hairpin left turn. This next area travels along the top of several scenic ravines and leads to some downhill switchback turns and the end of Stonehouse. Turning left will be One Day and turning right will ascend Gravity Cavity.
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