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GUADILASKO AND BACKBONE

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

FIRE ROAD FOR FIRST 2.0 THEN STAY LEFT AT Y IN ROAD, FOLLOW TRAIL THEN STAY RIGHT AT THE T IN THE ROAD (LEFT IS HELL HILL) GO ABOUT 1/4 - 1/2 MILES TO A TURN TO LEFT. FOLLOW THIS SINGLE TRACK ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP TO FIRE ROAD. GO LEFT AND UP STAY ON FIRE ROAD FOR SHORT FAST DOWN HILL. AS YOU BOTTOM OUT OF THE SHORT DOWN HILL YOU WILL COME TO THE INTERSECTION OF HELL HILL, GUADILASCO AND OVERLOOK. GO 100 YARD UP HILL AND TURN QUICK TO LEFT. THIS IS THE TOP OF BACKBONE. FAST DOWNHILL GO FROM 1200 FT TO 0 FEET IN ABOUT 6:00. NOT MANY PEOPLE COMING UP. PAY ATTENTION AND YOU WILL SEE THEM COMING UP. ONCE YOU HIT THE BOTTOM TURN RIGHT AND HEAD BACK TO THE OCEAN. ALTERNATE IS TO TURN AROUND ON GUADILASCO AND GO BACK DOWN BUT MORE PEOPLE COME UP GAUD THAN BACKBONE. OR ONCE AT BACKBONE (TOP) KEEP GOING UP HILL (WEST) AND COME DOWN FIRE ROAD (OVERLOOK)
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Latitude
34.05332
Longitude
-118.24498
Trail Directions
HWY 101, SOUTH OF MUGU ROCK SYCAMORE CANYON
Trail Length
5-6
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
POINT MUGU NAVAL AIR STATION
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Thousand Oaks

Summary:
I've done Backbone once and Guadilasko once. Guadilasko I did at night without a light and I'll never forget how much fun me and the guy I was with had flying down it without being able to see a thing. I thought I wasn't going to make it down alive. I heard its a nice trail in the day time also. Backbone I did when there was still light out. You can go down it pretty fast. My body was hurting when I reached the bottom. It wasn't too technical but It was rocky at some points. I plan on riding in this area every week now. I give Guadilasko five stars and Backbone 4.5

Recommended Route:
Go up hell hill. Once you reach the top take a left to get to backbone, and then another left a little ways up at a single track. Take a right if you want to go down Guadilasko trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sycamore, Wood Canyon, and all the short single tracks running through the area.



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Review Date
March 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ever , from Ventura, CA

Summary:
Only been twice....but will hit it at least once a week for the rest of my life. First time made it a 1/4 up Hell Hill with out of shape uncle and cousin. Second time around I took my younger cousins. Hated climbing the Hill...altho' FLYING down Backbone (eating dirt once to keep an eye out for young cuz') was more than worth it I think I'll go right at the T next time.



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Review Date
February 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bonercoaster , from Everywhere, Nowhere

Summary:
This is perhaps the best bike trail in all of the Santa Monica mountains. Good warm up, great singletrack, and the climbing is spread out over the full 18 miles. Why anyone would want to take Hell Hill and bypass the Guadalasco switchbacks is beyond me - Hell Hill is so durn *boring*. The best time to ride this trail is late spring/early summer - it's like rding through a flower garden. I've surprised deer, coyotes, snakes, rabbits, quail, roadrunners, and even watched a swarm of (killer?) bees fly by on their way to another nest site (sounded like a freakin' bomber flying overhead). Sure, it's crowded on weekends, and it's over an hour from most of LA, but it's so worth it. If you live in Oxnard or Malibu, this is even in range for after-work rides during the summer. Everyone is polite here - even the horseback riders! PLEASE stop and let them pass, and ask permission to pass them...always do it slowly if not on foot. They're as nice to you as you are to them, since MTB'ers are on the low end of the totem pole. 5 chilis for great terrain and a fair amount of technical skills required (by no means advanced...those not conditioned will just spend more time resting).

Recommended Route:
Start at PCH, ride up the canyon fire road for 5 miles (stay RIGHT at the Y at 3 miles). At 4-way junction (ranch center dirt fire road), turn left, go 100 yards and look right for "trail" marker for fun singletrack ascent to ranch center paved road. Turn left and ride to water tank, then down paved road REEEEAALLLY fast (watch for the hairpin left or you'll eat sage and prickly pear). This joins with Wood Canyon (duo-track). Ride this about a mile and a half to the GUADALASCO (correct spelling, sorry...I'm anal about that stuff) junction. Turn right and begin your singletrack climb for ~4 miles. Top out at Overlook trail fire road for one last grunt to the old fencepost where on a good, clear winter day you can see all the way up the coast North, and well south as well. Now put 'er in the big ring and blaze down overlook for about a mile or so to a many-trail junction (Hell Hill tops out here, on the left). Pass the Hell Hill junction and turn left at the next singletrack. This is Backbone, and what you've worked for the past 13 miles. Enjoy it, as it takes you a little over a mile back to the canyon floor for a nice fast cool-down back to PCH. About 18 miles all told.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lots of options here - where Hell Hill tops out, you can turn right and ride on the grassy plateau under the Pt Mugu satellite dishes...or continue on the Overlook trail for more fireroad.



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Review Date
June 23, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bodysrfr , from ventura,ca

Summary:
for a change do it in reverse,or do the backbone or hell hill.

Recommended Route:
beach 2 paved,paved 2 water tower,wt 2 wood cyn,wood cyn,wc 2 quad,quad 2 overlook,overlook 2 beach!



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Review Date
September 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mr. 666 , from You Know Where

Summary:
Go to Hell Hill. Put your head down, and get the job done. (It takes between 8 minutes to a year, depending on what kind of shape you are in)

Recommended Route:
You know where he says go right at the "y"? (The other way is Hell Hill)........I say go LEFT!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heck Hill (not as steep) and No Hill (Entry level)



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