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Don Benitos Trail in Sierra Madre

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

To start our 7 mile trail only trip to Sierra Madre, Descend the Wintercreek trail, you'll quickly notice how beautiful this ride will be. Once you locate the signed Mt. Wilson trail to Sierra Madre (Notice it will appear as a blank trail sign, visible only to uphill climbers) turn right and down! The flavor of this trail is evident now. Very technical, exposed, steep highly historic and fun. *** Please observe a lower than 10 mph speed limit on your descent, due to this trail being very popular w/ hikers. Kindly dismount to pass hikers especially the elderly. **** If you look down, you should figure out by now, if you make a careless mistake it will be a long fall down. Notice the green forest as you ride under the canopy of huge pine trees. It's a great woodsy feeling. On two water falls you'll need to climb down a huge boulder to get across. It's a work of beauty aint it. Half way down this steep mountain trail you'll pass by the ruins of Orchard Camp. In the late 1870's this was a popular resort which featured meals and orchestra dancing. As you work your way to Firstwater junction, the trail gets a bit steeper and more technical. No sweat you just need to fly over rocks. You do have full suspension do you??? As the ride ends w/ a great picture of Santa Anita Race track below you'll find yourself at Mt. Wilson Trail Road. Turn left to Sierra Madre Blvd and right to New York Drive. Right on New York Drive and right on Crescent and Pinecrest to where your car is. It's an awesome ride. You just have to be careful.
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Latitude
34.23451236236987
Longitude
-118.125
Trail Directions
Follow the trailhead instructions for the Mount Wilson Fire road. You will need to climb the Mount Wilson Fire road and ascend to mile 7.6 to the clearly marked junction of the Winter Creek Trail. ** Note the actual distance from the Mount Wilson Fire road to the trail head of the Mount Wilson Trail to Sierra Madre.
Trail Length
27 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sierra Madre
   


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Review Date
February 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Charles , from Cambria, Ca

Summary:
During the late 1800's, up to the change of the century Benjamin Wilson, known as "Don Benito" to his Spanish Friends improved the an old Indian Trail to the Peak that now bears his name. For many years, before the Mt.Wilson Toll Road was created, this was the only pathway to Mt.Wilson. I guess I just wanted to honor the man, thus I called it "Don Benito's Trail".

Recommended Route:
The Official name of this trail is "Mt.Wilson Trail"



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Review Date
April 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: I ride, whats he do? , from here

Summary:
Its was never further mentioned after the false title
because it is incorrect, and its a shame cuz this is a good ride that nobody will identify with cuz some
goofball made up his own name for it....

Recommended Route:
where did Don Benitos come from?
that name has nothing to do with this trail !!
the directions are correct, even the names
Mt. Wilson trail/ fireroad and Wintercreek are correct, but dont look for any sign baring Dons name

Other recommended trails in the same area:
i wish the MTBR people would screen this crap



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Review Date
November 6, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Charles , from Pasadena, Ca

Summary:
Gene Lopez wrote " In some sections of the trail, there may not be enough room for the bicycle rider and hiker " This is what I say. *** PLS ALWAYS PULL OVER AHEAD OF TIME AND LET UPHILL HIKERS PASS. BEFORE PASSING, GET PERMISSION FROM THE HIKER and pass when they have pulled over *** Sections of this trail was widened after 1996!

Recommended Route:
Same



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Review Date
November 5, 1999

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Gene Lopez , from Sierra Madre, Calif.

Summary:
Charles might like this trail because it is really technical, very steep, and has some beautiful views. This is one trail, however, that should be left for the hikers. I know it by the name of mt. wilson trail. Once a year on memorial weekend about 350-400 runners race up to orchard camp turn-around and run back down to Sierra Madre. In some places the trail is so narrow and steep there may not be room for a bicycle, rider and a hiker. Someone will get hurt. There are too many other great roads and trails in the San Gabriels to have someone get hurt on this one.

Recommended Route:
Leave this trail for the hikers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Box/Rincon road, Silver Moccasin loop, Monrovia canyon to Mt.Bliss and many more.



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Review Date
February 20, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Charles , from Pasadena,California

Summary:
.25 miles away from Orchard Camp, the trail drops steeply into a canyon where the vegetation is extremely green and heavily wooded. As I climbed out of the canyon and just looking at the awesome work of nature, I noticed a group of 4 cyclist who where doing a shuttle from Mt. Wilson were coming along. A few seconds later, I was shocked in horror to see a rider 100 feet above, fall straight down and crash in the rocky canyon below. (no helmet) I just could not believe the ride leader was irresponsible enough not to press on for helmets for his group.

Recommended Route:
*** This is not a Beginner Trail. The trail is narrow and exposed ( you can fall for a long time )in its entirety to it's end in the City of Sierra Madre ***



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