Many options for intermediate and avdavnced riders. My favorite loop is to go up Chesboro Fire Road -turn right at the fork with w/ Sulfer Springs. Take this all the way to a four way intersenction. The trail to the left will take you to Shepards's Flat (don't know where the trail to the right goes).The trail in front will take you up "Power Line Peak"-a relativaley short but steep climb. That's what I like to do. After getting to the top of Power Line Peak, take a couple of sips of H2o and head down. This is a fun and moderately technical downhill, considering the speed you can get. (As a side note, you can continue on past the top of Power Line Peak, although I'm not sure where that will get you. I think it might hook you up with some trails over on the Simi Vally side. Might be worth exloring.) After returning to the bottom of the hill-back to that 4 way intersection- I turn right and go towards Shepard's Flat. I keep going past the turn off to Sulfer Springs (although you can turn left and take Sulfer Springs back to the main canyon and parking lot) and end out at an overlook with some ropes around it. At this point, if you go to the left, you'll find a nice, fun singletrack that hooks you up with Palo Comado Fire Road. This is where I usually go. Once you hook back up w/ Palo Comado, go left for a couple of miles. You will notice some turn offs to the left that will take you up and over to Chesboro Cny. In case you feel you haven't gotten a good work out by that time, I assure you these trails will leave you convinced you've had a good work out-STEEP, but not too long. Back to that point with the ropes, I think if you go right you will hook up with a trail that will take you to an intersection with Simi Peak-a tough climb- and the Dead Cow trail(you don't have to do Simi Peak to get to Dead Cow). I've done it before, but don't quote me on directions. Dead Cow is a pretty gnarly trail, especially for us die-hard hard tail aficianadoes. I'm an intermediate/advanced rider and I was able to ride all of it, barely. Quite frankly, it scared me. Once you get to the end of Dead Cow, you have to take some side streets to get you back to Chesboro. I think I took Kanan down to some road that ran parallel to the freeway, then took a left at Chesboro road to the parking lot. Bottom Line: a very good place to ride. Just be wary of hikers and equestrians. They like it too. It gets very crowded on the weekends. Don't make us look bad, please.
Summary: Good for Riders new and old. not technical, but it has a few difficult rock walls to crawl up. and makes for a great ride. I stay off the trail on the Weekends, Its a bit to crowded for my taste. Lots of Hikers and Equestrians but only on the weekends.
Summary: The thing I really enjoyed about this area, is that you can pedal as high as you can, and you can still go higher. The cool thing is, that once you get to as high as you want to go, you have the option to not do anymore uphill on the way back. There are so many miles of trails in here, you could go every weekend for months, and still not know all the trails.
Recommended Route: If you are at Shepards Flat, and you take the trail down Los Virgines Canyon, you are in for a ride. I starts out really fast, but quickly switches to a trail that is basically on the side of a cliff. This part is slow, technical, and very slippery, because a lot of it is a thin layer of sand with hard rock underneath it. But don't worry, you may think your lost, but if you keep going downhill, you will end up in a lush canyon. There, just follow any other tracks you can see (if any). Anyways, if you keep going through the canyon, you will eventually find a fire road, which will take you to the end of Los Virgines Road. From there, you can cross over the freeway, and take a right on Agoura Road. Keep going until you get to the Chesboro overpass, and then just ride the route you would normally take in you car, to get back to the parking lot.
Review Date February 8, 2004
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 3 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Charlie
Cross Country Rider
Summary: I have ridden this trail many times. It is one of the most popular trails in the Conejo Valley for horses, walkers and mountain bikers. The last review was good and yeah, it is cool because of the many different types of trails it contains. It is has it all, mostly flat singletrack, windy up and down single track, sunny single track, lots of shaded single track, very technical steep single track, river scenery, desert scenery, meadow scenery, canyon trails, ridge trails, rocky fast downhills, wide open long fireroad downhills, long comfortable sections, hard steep sections, easy ways to long downhills, hard ways to long downhills, the list goes on and on really.
You can't do the whole thing in one day, because there are probably over 40 miles of trails and they cross over each other from single track to fireroad and many that i've never even been on.
Recommended Route: I would recomend taking the main cheseboro trail up to Sulpher Springs trail and then making a right when you get to the end of the canyon and the trail splits off in a obvious T.. To the right you can go back up the Cheseboro ridge trail and climb fireroad up the mountain to the east of Cheseboro Canyon, then there is a fast and crazy fireroad downhill back to the trail entrance. Total round trip is about 12 miles maybe more.
Other recommended trails in the same area: I would also recomend Wildwood park in Thousand oaks by thousand oaks high school. Sycamore Canyon by Rieno Road & Potrero in Newbury Park. Or you the switchbacks up at the south end of Moorpark road if you know what I am talking about then you've already done these..
Review Date April 17, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Visitors rate this review 4.50 of 5,
Reviewed by: Randy
, from Chatsworth, Ca. USA
Summary: This trail is a really cool ride, it is challenging though, I would reccommend not to ride it alone unless you are an experienced rider.(I try to never ride alone, it's just safer to have a friend along) This ride is medium difficulty and can get technical. This area also harbors a lot of rattlesnakes in late April/May, be careful take a snake bite kit. I have never seen any snakes myself, but I hear there are a lot of them. This ride is great on many levels, you start out on fire roads, go through areas with trees lining the trail, cross a creek, up and down canyons on single tracks, out into a desert setting, over boulders, back to single tracks, then up the side of a mountain, back onto a fire road and climb up to a great view of the ocean o a clear day. You can choose to take the high road at the beginning, or the low road if you are looking an easier ride. Either way you take, the ride is a lot of fun. On the way to the creek, along the fire road there are a lot on jumps and little trails you can explore, after you pass the creek the ride gets a lot more technical but it is so fun!! Try to challenge yourself, but be careful not to endo on a rock in the middle of the trail. Once you get out of the tree lined area, you come to a a steep section of rock, It is almost impossible to ride up them, but on the way back they are cool to ride down, careful of your speed though at the "T" go left and follow the trail approaching the mountain climbing and back towards more fire roads, be careful once you pass the "T" there is a fairly good drop off from a pile of rocks, if you don't pay attention you could ride off it. You won't fall too far though the drop is only about 4-5 feet, I think there is sand at the bottom anyway, it would hurt anyway you lokk at it. But if you see it and size it up correctly, it is a cool spot to jump off of. As you continue on the trail just have a lot of fun and try to explore the area a little it is so beautiful out there, especially in the spring time when all the flowers are blooming. Climb up the fire road at the end, if you can make it all the way to the top you will be rewarded with an excellent view of the ocean. Take it all in, then hop back on your bike and do it all over again.
Recommended Route: I prefer to take the fire road around Sulphur Springs trail head, it is a very steep single track that is a bit much to start the ride out with. (But on the way back it is awesome to ride back down, you must do a little climbing on the back side of the trail first, I will explain that more later in the review). Continue on the fire road following Sulphur Springs Road, you will now be approaching a sign that says "research Area" it is illegal for bikes. That is at mile 1.3, continue at 1.5 miles atay to the left and pass the "Y" continue up the trail (stay on Sulphur Springs trail) at mile 4.4 you will cross a creek, ride along the stream bed up into the canyon, you will go up and down some quick hills, at mile 5.9 you will come to a "T" go left, (if you go right the trail ends in about 100yrds) follow the trail for another 1/2 mile, at that point you could turn around and retrace your route or continue on up the side on the mountain and back down on the other side. When you reach the bottom go up the fire road, if you climb for a good mile or so you should be able to see the ocean on a clear day. From there turn around and retrace your route, it is around 15-20 miles depending on how far you go on the trail.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Las Virgines State Park