El Prieto Trail

 31 votes

1.6 Miles 2.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

12' 4 m

Ascent

-711' -217 m

Descent

2,024' 617 m

High

1,324' 404 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

All Clear

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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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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


The original trail is always to the right. There are 5 forks altogether. The first two forks (above the picnic table/meadow) are optional, either way is fine. To the left will be the easier choice both times. The third fork is literally around the picnic table and rejoins the main trail in about 20 feet. The fourth and fifth forks lead up to Brown Mountain Road & The Meadows neighborhood. Jun 9, 2017


Also, the directions to the trail head mix up Fern Truck Trail and Brown Mountain Road. BMR starts at Millard Camp Ground and climbs past the El Prieto trailhead, past 'The Saddle' and all the way up to the Ken Burton trailhead. Fern Truck Trail starts at the bottom of El Prieto and climbs to 'The Saddle' from the west. Jun 9, 2017


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