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Bulldog Motorway

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Steep the whole way, a brutal climb, but it can be done without any dabbers( a rest for the terminal). It,s a fire road so nothing technical, single track stuff.
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Latitude
34.10356083744765
Longitude
-118.71688842773437
Trail Directions
From Hwy.101 take Kanan Rd.(west) to Troutdale(left), then left on Mulholland, right on Vista, and another right on Crags. Park on the culdesac of Crags and enter through the iron gate(Santa Monica Mts.State Park).Keep biking on(stay to the right) until you get to a trailhead marker that says "Bulldog 4.3 mi.". Take it to the top, always staying to the left. When you reach the top you can take in the view, sights of downtown L.A., Catalina Island, ect. The summit will break off with a couple of different signs. One is "Backbone" and the other I forget. It doesn't matter 'cause you are just going to head back down to the beginning.
Trail Length
miles @ 8.6
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Agoura-Cornel
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Review Date
December 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Steve , from San Diego

Summary:
This is a great trail with great views. Really spectacular scenery when you get to the top, cool rock formations, excellent views all around. Obviously this is a big climb of about 2000 feet in 6 miles. So you will get a work out. Very manageable climb, just be sure to stick to the granny gears at the start of Bulldog (At around 2.5 miles from start) to not burn yourself out, and stick to early morning if doing in summer cause it gets blistering hot. I once tried it in August at 10:00 am and thought I was going to get heatstroke and I turned around with about a mile of climbing left. I don't live in the area and I'm not sure I'd do this trail regularly if I did. The views are great and you'll definitely get better at climbing. Its more of a great experience vs. a great ride. My in-laws live in the area and I do it about once/twice a year which is plently. Word of caution, the backbone trail and Mesa Ridge trail are both VERY FAST fireroads. With some hidden turns and quick up and down sections that will hide what is on the other side. Last time I did this trail I came over a little ridge at about 25 mph to encounter a rock slide section that I hit and crashed hard. I was lucky that I didn't slide over the edge onto a 15 foot dropoff. Great ride, just be cautious at the top if you aren;t familiar with it. Its not dangerous, I was just stupid and got over confident with the terrain as obstales will sneak up on you. Overall 95% of this ride is tame as a baby.

Recommended Route:
Start at parking lot for Malibu Canyon (Creek?) park just off Malibu Canyon road, south of the 101.
Follow signs to MASH site.
Go past Mash Site to sign for Bulldog Road and go up for 3.4 miles.
At top, go left onto backbone trail.
Backbone hits pavement and after maybe 1/4 mile around a corner, look for a gate and a trail marked Mesa Ridge Trail.
Take Mesa Ridge trail through to Tapia Park.
You can then take Malibu Canyon Road for about 3/4 of a mile back to parking lot.



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Review Date
December 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Victor , from Rocky Peak

Summary:
Using an Altimeter, Bull Dog is 1950' elevation gain in 3.2 miles. For me, that's grannygear for 45 minutes non-stop. This is no beginners ride (as not much is in the North West Los Angeles area)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Once at the top of Bull Dog, turn right (West) to a road on your left (south) that goes down to Backbone and go left (east) on that either to the first road on your left or to the Corral Canyon parking area and go left (West) again back to Bull Dog for a complete loop.



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Review Date
November 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ed , from Los Gatos

Summary:
Watch the opening credits of M*A*S*H to see a good example of the terrain here. I love this trail. After a few miles of warmup, you hit a rock strewn dry (usually) creek that is challenging to ride through without dabbing. Then you hit the old M*A*S*H set, mostly unrecognizable today. Turn left and you are on Bulldog. It's a tough climb, with some steep and loose parts about 2/3 of the way up. It's totally ridable if you are a good climber. I usually turn right at the top and ride less than a mile out to the antennas (antennae) on Castro Peak. You get an incredible view of the whole Santa Monica Bay from there. Turn around, go back down to the top of bulldog, keep going straight through. You are now on the Backbone trail. It's fast here, but chances are, you will encounter hikers here, so watch out. Backbone comes out onto asphalt for about 1/2 mile, then continues off the left side of the road. You can easily miss it if you are not looking. There's a gate, and usually a car or two parked. This section is mostly boring fire roads, but the views are spectacular and the climbs are draining this far into the ride. A big chunk of the trail washed out and there is now some "singletrack" in it's place that is mostly ridable down to the other side of the gap. Finally, there's a fast descent down to a small reservoir. Right before you get to the reservoir, where the trail abruptly ends, there is a singletrack that goes off the right side. It's very easy to miss, so look for a metal pole that says "Tractors Only". This will take you down to the road just south of Tapia Park. At 16 miles, this is a decent ride with lots of climbing, spectacular views, and amazing scenery. There are many reasons to ride, but those are the three things I like the most.

Recommended Route:
I do the same loop as the previous review.



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Review Date
November 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Donald , from Calabasas

Summary:
A good round trip is from MCSP main entry. Ride to Mash and up Bulldog. At the top go left and past Corral Cyn trail head. You're now on Backbone trail which will take you to Malibu Cyn at Tapia Park. This leaves about 3/4 mile back to MCSP entry where you left your car.

Recommended Route:
Start at Malibu Creek State Park and take trail past visitor center and lake to the old Mash site where you begin your ascent. It is a hard ride but good for even caual riders with some rest stops. Great views and lots of options at the top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can ride all week. Go north of MCSP(cross Mullholland) and you have a Liberty Canyon/Lost Hills loop which involves some regular roads. Take Liberty trail to Liberty Cyn Rd. (paved)and go to Agoura rd. (right) to Lost Hills(right) Rejoin dirt trail behind park at Lost Hills/Malibu Cyn I.S.



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Review Date
February 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Playa del Rey

Summary:
Corrections to the dude from San Diego. The Bulldog, even when in shape, has some real ripped up portions, making it seem much less of a fire road. It may not be single track technical per se but parts still demand attentive descending skills. Still, if you have the skills to power up it, coming down it should be smooth.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Zuma Ridge, Paseo Miramar, Puerco Canyon (though access may now be a problem)



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