This is a great half-hour ride for before or after work. It climbs to the top of Dunsmuir Hill, along a shady canyon, through the Malcolm neighborhood, along another forested canyon with some singletrack, then back to the beginning. All in under 5 miles!
Start off at the bottom of Jeep Trail
, and head through the Sheffield neighborhood on Covington Street. Make a left on Revere Ave, and start a moderate climb. Make a sharp left onto Cranford Way, and you have another, even steeper climb. A short descent, then continue straight onto the trailhead for Jeep Trail
, a double-black diamond difficulty climb.
After you finally make it to the top, panting, enjoy the great vistas from the summit of Dunsmuir Hill. Descend for a bit down the other side, and make sure you don't miss the sudden sharp right turn onto Jeep Trail to Lochard
. This fire trail cruises slowly downhill through a nice chaparral canyon along a creek, with a bit of climbing at the end.
You'll end up on Lochard Street, Follow this gently climbing road until you hit Malcolm, and make a left on it. This a steep downhill road, turn left onto Montwood right before Malcolm starts to climb again. Follow Montwood and continue straight onto the trailhead. There is a jumble of fire roads here, so follow the map, but as long as you are going down, you'll make it the right way.
Go back into the forest, and after a creek crossing the trail turns right and becomes singletrack. This section of the trail is very overgrown, and it would be nice for someone to help clear it out. Maybe when you are reading this it isn't overgrown anymore. This singletrack section is skinny, but super flowy and fun as it hugs the canyon wall. Don't catch yourself going to fast, since the trail can get *very* skinny in parts. Watch out for the dangerous drop on your right into the creek. This part is a big adrenaline rush!
Eventually, the trail turns left and becomes fire trail again as it cruises downhill. But don't despair, because after a few minutes you get another singletrack descent to the bottom of the canyon. Take a break at the rope swing here—it's a fun opportunity to get some more thrill as you swing over the bubbling creek 10 feet below you. The singletrack continues for the rest of the ascent, and there is a short and *super* steep fire road descent back to the trailhead where you started.
I hope you enjoy the ride!