“Connecting the Glendale Sports Complex Loop and all major Cherry Canyon singletrack into one ride.”
— Martini Linn
The gates to the sports complex close at 10pm. If you prefer night riding past that time, park north of this area on Descanso or any of the other adjacent neighborhoods.
An ~8.5-mile mix of singletrack and fire roads. Great for post work or a morning quickie. These loops all connect to a fairly central hub which makes for great repeats if you're trying to put in additional time/mileage.
Family Friendly: Good for hiking with the family. There are sections of fire roads as well.
Need to Know
Water points would be at the start at the sports complex. On the trail, there is a rest area called "Ultimate Destination", which is a small offshoot to your left at mile 3.1.
Park in the main lot for the Glendale Sports Complex or ride up from Verdugo. Parking gates close at 10pm.
The start of the Sports Complex Loop begins near the entrance to the lot to the left of the maintenance garage. It loops east then south on the Catalina Verdugo Trail
towards Ridge Motorway
Take this fire road to the Cherry Canyon
singletrack network. This route connects the main singletrack descents together with fire road climbs. Begin on Cerro Negro Trail
connecting to Canyon Trail
and Cherry Canyon Motorway
. At the end of the Cherry Canyon Motorway
, you'll be at the central hub.
Continue north on the Alpha Motorway
as it turns into the Conservancy Trail
, eventually connecting with Edison Road
. Head onto Liz's Loop Trail
which returns you to the Cherry Canyon Motorway
Plug the route into your Garmin or use the MTB Project mobile app
and ride away. Most of the singletrack sections are hardpack with sand. The last singletrack section goes through a shady area so the ground is usually nice and tacky.