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Beatty Dearing

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Single Track, Single Track, Single Track with a half dozen or so advanced trials sections - all cleanable. Are your skills up for the challenge? If not, you can easily walk them.
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Latitude
34.161818161230386
Longitude
-118.4326171875
Trail Directions
101 fwy to Laurel Canyon, exit heading south towards the mountains. Head south on Laurel, up the canyon for about three or four miles to Mulholland Drive. Now you are at the top of the mountain, turn right on Mulholland, heading west for about 1 mile. As soon you see houses on the left, look for the first driveway on the right, and turn into the parking lot; if the houses disapear you went to far. You are now in the Beatty Dearing overlook parking lot. The trail head is at the overlook portion at the far end of the lot. Proceed for about 100 feet down the trail until you see a left hand turn, take the left turn; the straight will only loop around. Now you are hooked up to the trail, please be curtious to the hikers.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Studio city
   


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Review Date
December 8, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jeepxj ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail if you live close to the area, you don't have to drive to the Santa Monica Mountains, the descents are steep and technical. Thee are some huge steps that you need to be careful. Other than that it is a great trail , besides i got lost and i ended up at the betty dearing park/trail . I started where the last reviews mentioned to, then i climbed all the way back on Laurel canyon on the street and the to the Fryers Canyon where i parked.

It is a fun trail, this is the first time i was there and i will definitely come back.

Recommended Route:
Left at all forks, you will end all the way down to the Betty Dearing Park/Trail.



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Review Date
September 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: svenson14 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome Trail. Starts off with switch backs doing downhill, followed by a variety of fast sections, narrow ridges, creek crossings and a few very steep descents. Most of the trail is shaded which makes it even nicer in the warmer weather. I took a left at all 3 (?) forks, starting from 34.122545,-118.384979. There's a sign for a "rainforest" which headed to a nice open area with fallen trees in the shade.

There weren't too many hikers (Sunday morning). Some sections were too steep for me to climb, which killed the flow, but other than that, great trail.

I definitely recommend this trail if your a single track fan.

Recommended Route:
I took a left at all 3 (?) forks, starting from 34.122545,-118.384979. There's a sign for a "rainforest" which headed to a nice open area with fallen trees in the shade.



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Review Date
March 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ryan1584 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is hardly mountain biking, seemed like more of a road ride to me. I did a few of the side singletrack sections but for the most part its wide fireroad with tons of hikers even on weekdays. One of the major downhill sections is actually on pavement. Hastain Fire Road in Franklin Canyon was the highlight. Nothing technical but a good climb to bomb views of hollywood hills mansions. I need more singletrack if I'm going to be climbing like that, will not repeat. I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1 for the views.

Recommended Route:
I went out to Hastain Fire Road in Franklin Canyon and back as described in the book "Where to Bike: Los Angeles Mountain Biking".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything with more singletrack.



Comments
svenson14 (09/22/2013)
Buddy, I believe you took a wrong turn. I went on this trail today and it was clearly a single track. On of the more advanced ones with large tree roots, steep descents, and very narrow trail sections. The trail head needs to be updated to 34.122545,-118.384979. I recommend giving the trail a second chance if you go here.
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Review Date
April 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: talbahir ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
One of the most fascinating trails I ever road. In the heart of Los Angeles, in about 60 seconds after you get in, sound disappears, and you're getting into enchanted world. Large trees, you ride deep in the land, green - you asked your self if you really 60 seconds away from one of the largest metropolitan on earth.
You can see the map and pictures here:
http://trails.wwtrails.org/Trails/wwTrails.dll/ww.Trails.page?page=trailhead&thpage=maps&TrailID=_2LN0INGPX



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Review Date
November 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: blacky1 ,  Racer

Summary:
Great trail, especially considering its location. Amazing that such a trail exists in the midst of such urban sprawl. I usually link this up to a loop on the Tree People's property as well as a loop in Franklin Canyon.. Great single track with plenty of technical challenges. This is more of an out and back than a loop, or a lollipop with two heads! Total time for everything can be 1 - 2 hours.

Recommended Route:
I actually prefer to park in Franklin Canyon's main parking lot (which might mean this is more of a Franklin Canyon ride than it is a Betty Dearing ride?). I do variations on the Ranch Trail and Hastain Drive loops in Franklin Canyon first, then take the access road to Mulholland to get to Tree People.

At Tree People I hit the U-Vanu/North Betty Dearing Trail loop first, and then do the Betty Dearing Trail out-and-back that goes to the outlook on Mulholland that is mentioned elsewhere among the reviews (and where many people park for this ride).

After the out-and-back, I cut through Tree People again and head east on Mulholland. There is a fire station on the right. Cut through their parking lot (it's okay to do this, many of the fireman mountain bike and will give a friendly wave if the acknowledge you at all). Take the Chaparral Trail and almost immediately turn right onto the Berman trail. You'll end on some fun technical single track that will bring you back to the start. This also makes this ride end on a downhill rather than the painful clim=b up to the overlook. Who wouldn't prefer to end on a downhill?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is nothing legal that is too close to here. You need to go to either the Santa Monica Mountains or the San Gabriels.



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