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El Prieto Trail

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 4.6 (45)

Sweet singletrack with lots of technical riding.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.8

KM

Singletrack

1,999' 609 m

High

1,309' 399 m

Low

15' 5 m

Up

705' 215 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris W with improvements by John May

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 45 votes

#1

in Arroyo Seco

#84

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  4.6 from 45 votes
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#1

in Arroyo Seco

#4

in California

#84

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Jen keeping it rolling through dusty ruts. Great trail for the area!
Jul 11, 2019 near La Caña…, CA
It's fun to jam down this trail, but you'll miss all the beauty of the canyon.
Dec 12, 2019 near La Caña…, CA
This trail is tirelessly maintained by volunteers like Erik, seen here riding past his sawyering handiwork.
Dec 12, 2019 near La Caña…, CA
The crew drops in at the top of El Prieto.
May 12, 2017 near La Caña…, CA
Patrick hits a switchback splashdown special near the top of El Prieto
Mar 17, 2018 near La Caña…, CA
One of the flowy sections along the El Prieto Trail.
Jan 3, 2017 near La Caña…, CA

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Sep 15, 2019
Moco Mono
Dry but still a great ride! Crowded a bit. Please use a bell! 14.5mi
Sep 21, 2018
TJ U
Feb 18, 2018
Chris T
trail is a blast!
Jan 28, 2018
J P
Started with Sunset then down to El P. 2mi
Nov 24, 2017
Marc Daniel
May 7, 2017
Alex Johnson
Apr 20, 2017
Alex Johnson
Apr 15, 2017
Alex Johnson