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9.6 Miles 15.4 Kilometers



1,957' 596 m


-1,929' -588 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (14°)

1,330' 405 m


505' 154 m


Shared By Doug Seybert Jr


All Clear 57 days ago
Dry - Rocky! But that’s why we ride MTBs! History

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A great weekday ride.

Doug Seybert Jr

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This ride has a tough climb in the beginning and it's very rocky throughout. It's a bit challenging, but the downhill is a great reward.

Need to Know

Equine incline can be done CW or CCW, but it's a bit more difficult CW.

On the weekend the Way Up trail gets pretty busy and you can't go too fast downhill. This is a much better ride on a weekday just for the fact that you can bomb back down to the car as fast as you dare.


Start up The Way Up trail. It's a tough climb and pretty technical, but has a few good areas to catch your breath. When you pass the covered benches you're almost to the top, but the next section is the toughest.

Once at the top, take the first right on the MexCal trail. This will take you down to get setup for the Equine Incline. On this ride I did Equine Incline clockwise, which is the more difficult direction.

After dispensing with the Equine Incline, take the fire road around to the Overlook Loop. There are a few different ways to attack this loop as well. There's another trail that runs along the reservoir that's a little more fun than this one that I will post in a separate post. There's some real tough short climbs on this loop and some fun short downhills, but they all add up to a good tough loop.


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Nov 21, 2018
Kevin P
A very fun trail! The first 1.5 miles up will test you big times! It is not steep, but very rocky and technical. Go early to avoid hikers.
May 17, 2018
Goose McFarterson
Pretty sweet set of trails in an urban area. The first mile uphill to the canyon was a pain, but the flow was great once you're in the canyon. 9.8mi
Mar 31, 2018
Tom Cosgrove
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If you are used to riding Orange County, be sure you get some advice on how to maneuver the rocks...especially before you do the Equine Incline. I had too much tire pressure, and was bouncing and spinning out, until I figured it out. Mar 25, 2016
Goose McFarterson
Los Angeles, CA
Goose McFarterson   Los Angeles, CA
The initial 1 mile climb to the top of the canyon (Way Up trail) was a bit discouraging, but once you're up top, the rest of the mileage is very flowy. Solid ride. May 19, 2018

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