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black El Prieto Trail

Trail

1.8 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -705' -215 m
High: 1,999' 609 m
Low: 1,309' 399 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Chris W with improvements by John May

Sweet singletrack with lots of technical riding.

Chris W

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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.

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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
Apr 5, 2017
Alex Johnson

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  4.6 from 44 votes

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