El Prieto Trail

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1.6 Miles 2.6 Kilometers


12' 4 m


-711' -217 m


2,024' 617 m


1,324' 404 m



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Sweet singletrack with lots of technical riding.

Chris Woodruff


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El Prieto is a unique singletrack experience in Southern California. Extreme exposure, 180-degree switchbacks, stream crossings, and rock gardens all within an oak-lined canyon. This is classic mountain biking with a challenge for everyone.

Beginning riders may choose to walk some technical sections but the trail is rideable from beginning to end by experienced riders. Beware of poison oak along this trail as its present all year.

El Prieto is usually accessed by climbing up Brown Mountain to the first saddle and then descending the Fern Truck Trail to the upper El Prieto entrance. As you ascend Brown, you'll see the downhill exit of El Prieto at the log. Do be aware that plenty of hikers visit El Prieto and using a bell is highly advised, especially on weekends.


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There are many ways to access this trail, I prefer parking at Windsor Ave and Ventura St. Take the Gabrieleno Trail up canyon. At the fork stay right and follow the signs to El Prieto Trail. Continue up Fern Truck Trail. It's very exposed and depending on when you go up there may not be any shade for several miles. At the intersection of Brown Mtn Road take a right and follow this down to the entrance of El Prieto Trail. You can also access via Rising Hill Road but the residents are grumpy and hostile and they will come out and yell at you and say that you are trespassing. Kindly inform them that it is public property and you have every right to be there. Jun 1, 2013

On El Prieto, keep right at any forks in the trail if you are having fun. If you are trying to get it over with, keep left (but don't take the uphill left fork that is @3/4 of the way down). Feb 10, 2015

I've ridden up Rising Hill Rd. a few times to access El Preito. No bad vibe, although the house on the hilltop does look as though it could be occupied by "folks who savor their privacy". Jun 15, 2015

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