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Silver Moccasin Trail

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 3.8 (8)

Some of the best biking in the San Gabriel Mountains.


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13.8

Miles

22.2

KM

Singletrack

6,048' 1,843 m

High

3,064' 934 m

Low

1,526' 465 m

Up

4,353' 1,327 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

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Description

Starting at Three Points, the Silver Moccasin Trail has some of the best singletrack in the Angeles National Forest. The section from Three Points to Christian Camp is relatively flat and an easy pedal. After Christian Camp it begins to get fun and is a fast, flowy descent to Bandito Camp and then to Horse Flats with some climbing in between. After Horse Flats campground, the trail gets even more fun with lots of chunky rock and water-bars in the descent to Chilao/ 3N14 junction. If you are doing the Mt Hillyer Loop, you'll want to turn right here.

After Chilao, the next section links up to Vetter Mountain. There is one fast and loose descent, but be aware that there is also a nasty road climb in between the two. This section has seen major impacts from the station fire. Nearly all of the trees are dead, and deadfall is a common problem on trail. Riders will also see lots of poodle dog bush.

Once you reach the Vetter/Charlton Flats area, the descent to Big Tujunga Creek is one of the most fun in the San Gabriel Mountains, if you like it rough and rowdy. After reaching Big Tujunga Creek, there is a spur trail that goes up to Big Tujunga Canyon road, while the main trail climbs out to the Angeles Crest Highway. After crossing the ACH, the trail descends a short section to a fire road. Make a right on this dirt road, then go a few hundred feet and look for the trail on the left. Next the trail descends shortcut canyon down to West Fork Campground in the canyon north of Mt Wilson.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alex Fore with improvements by Daniel Boulger

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 8 votes

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#556

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#8,051

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Silver Moccasin Tr between Christian Camp and Three Points is beautiful and fun, if often overlooked, out-and-back section of trail.
Jun 7, 2018 near Littlerock, CA
Big, doable obstacles and steeps
Dec 31, 2014 near Monrovia, CA
Chilao Descents - Mt. Mooney Road, Mt. Hillyer Trail and Silver Moccasin Trail.
Sep 15, 2015 near Monrovia, CA
Some trees survived
May 11, 2014 near Monrovia, CA
A clear section without steps or boulders.  But wait, there's more...
Dec 31, 2014 near Monrovia, CA
Switzer Picnic Area.
Mar 8, 2016 near Sierra…, CA

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Oct 13, 2019
Daniel Boulger
Very thick, as you can see my frustrated comments lol
Apr 2, 2017
Marcel Mijares
Aug 26, 2016
Alex Johnson
christian camp to chilao
Apr 30, 2016
howard oliver
Last mile in to West Fork, numerous downed trees(30 plus), lots of lift, hike and repeat. Meet rangers with chainsaws, should be cleared in 2 weeks 15mi
Apr 3, 2016
nicholas silveri
Mar 18, 2016
Alex Johnson
Aug 22, 2015
Alex Johnson
10.4mi