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Cogswell Dam

Average Rating:    (2.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

About 8.5 miles of paved road that has virtually no through traffic - mainly bikers and hikers. Very scenic, following a stream the entire ride. Then another 2 miles or more of dirt road after you reach Cogswell dam. Easy Sunday ride, but the scenery can't be beat and a good ride to get in shape. The last .7 miles to the dam is very steep - time to walk the bike!
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Latitude
34.243594729697406
Longitude
-117.96501159667969
Trail Directions
Take the 210 Freeway to Azusa Avenue. Exit and head north (towards the mountains). Follow the road past the Morris and San Gabriel dams. Continue north past the East fork Junction and the off road area. Just beyond the forest service station, there will be a dirt area to park right before the west fork junction, and a paved area right after. Park in either location and look for the road with the bar in front of it next to the dirt parking area.
Trail Length
10.5
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Azusa
   


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Review Date
September 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BigLou ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have been coming here for the last forty years. In the early days, there was no such thing as a mountain bike. This is a beautiful ride,riding along next to the river. The road is paved, with vitually no traffic (Rangers,Sheriffs and Edison personnel use this road, but it is closed to the public). Park you car at the West Fork Bridge (Forest Pass required) go thru the locked gate,pass the picknicers,and the fishermen and your on your way. The last time I went,(09/16/2006)there were quite a few bear sightings (3) and a problem with rattlesnakes. So please be careful!

Recommended Route:
At the dam, bear left pass the caretakers home and your on your way to the Rincon Red Box trail. Its all uphill. At the top, you intersect with the trail, turn left and eventually you wind up almost where you started ,but remember its a long ride. Ride is not terribly challenging but does offer some terrific views. Word of Caution ....
when on the Rincon Red Box Trail,watch for motorbikes,all terrain vehicles and other traffic as they all seem to speed or take the turns as fast as they can. Complaining to the Forest Personnel does no good as the violations are not committed in their presence.Photo to be posted.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santa Fe Dam.



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Review Date
August 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jason124 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great one day ride, or camp the night (must bring gear on bike or hike) at Glenn Campgrounds 7 miles in. Things get steep beyond that all the way up to the dam. Beautiful view of the stream all the way up the paved trail.



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Review Date
October 20, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Martini Bob , from Tujunga

Summary:
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, this road was closed at Glenn Picnic Ground 7.7 miles for Dam security with serious patrols until further notice. Enquire thru USFS.



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Review Date
July 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: ScottR

Summary:
The road past the dam goes between caretakers' houses, then climbs towards an artificial slope with an asphalt road switchbacking across the slope. You climb this asphalt road past a left and a right switchback, and turn right at the second left switchback to head down past a small water tank. Then you climb (now on graded dirt) forever. The grade isn't steep, and the road isn't technical - the last time I rode it, I used my road wheels with skinny semi-slick tires. I also descended SLOOOOOWLY. At the top you'll come to a bar gate, and past the gate you'll find you're not really at the top. Just past the bar gate is an intersection with the Rincon-Red Box Road. Yes, this road (to the right) goes all the way to Red Box on Hwy. 2! There's a fork in the road that allows you to hit Hwy. 2 at the top of Big Tujunga Road, if you'd rather go there. Turning left on the Rincon-Red Box Road takes you up to Monrovia Peak, lots more climbing, but eventually you'll descend a LONG way towards Hwy. 39. At 39 there's another bar gate across the road, so SLOW DOWN near the bottom so you don't cream the gate. You'll dump out on 39 only half a mile south of the start of the ride, at the West Fork Bridge. This loop over Monrovia Peak is long, but can be done with lots of water and extra food, and the views from the ridge are pretty impressive. Not technical, but a good fitness challenge.

Recommended Route:
Keep going past dam, on up to the ridge.



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