“A fun multi-use trail with a mixed profile and difficulty.”
— Jon Fulp
This multi-use trail provides a nice escape into the hills with great views of the ocean. I rode this in July, and the trail was much cooler and pleasant compared to other trails in the state.
This trail really has a number of distinct sections that vary greatly in difficulty. From the parking area off of Meadow View Lane, it's a nearly flat pedal along the streets and past the high school. Grab a bell from the dispenser because you'll encounter more hikers than bikers.
About a mile ahead, the trail goes through its first transformation. You may be tempted to keep going up the road on the right, but that is private property, so start working up the steep technical climb with lots of switchbacks. Many riders will find themselves doing a share of hike-a-biking to reach the ridge above.
Once you get there, take a moment to soak in the views and enjoy a rest on Frank's Bench. The next 3.5-miles follow a steady, but manageable fire road section that passes another bench and throws in some punchy spurts. Eventually, the grade will come back with a vengeance as the trail climbs steeply along ridge lines. Things only get steeper and more exposed as you go. If you keep persevering, you'll make it to the top only after battling though a series of tight switchbacks.
Where it intersects the Divide Peak OHV Trail, you'll get awesome views of the ocean and hills below! When you're set, get ready for quite the descent. Just make sure to keep things in check, and be alert for other trail users. All those switchbacks you worked through will give you plenty of opportunity to practice your balance and turns too.