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Earl Canyon Motorway

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

To the locals Earl is synonymous with "hurl", mainly because of the roads overall steepness. But dont let that fool you, because there are sections of the fire road that are very steep. During heavy rains the road effectively becomes a single track as you try to avoid the wash ruts in these sections. Along the road there are 3 emergency fire catches, with the top most one at the fork to Angeles Crest (down to the right) and Mt Lukens/Haines Canyon (up to the left). While there are some riders/hikes to be seen in the late afternoons, most of the time the road is empty.
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Latitude
34.23777645092173
Longitude
-118.1905746459961
Trail Directions
From Foothill Blvd in La Canada, turn north on Palm Ave. Parking is available at the 3rd stop sign (about 3/4 mile from Foothill Blvd). The entrance is down to the left of the stop. From here the road is blocked from motor traffic by a yellow Forrest Service gate.
Trail Length
4.5miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
La Canada
   


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Review Date
January 20, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bugdozer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I grew up on Jessen Dr so I spent half my life up Earl Canyon. In the 70s, we would push our Schwinn's up as far as we could stand and then tear back down like mad men. Earl Canyon is very steep and unrelenting, it's an advanced grind. It's also not well maintained and very rutty. Since the 2009 Station Fire, the road is no longer maintained past the two mile point and is a narrow single track up until the Lukins truck trail.

Recommended Route:
Up and back, park on Palm Drive, take Earl Canyon up to the Lukins Truck trail, 3.5 miles and 2000 feet. Take care descending as it's steep and very rocky with many deep rain ruts. For a little longer loop go up Earl and turn right down the Lukins Truck Trail to the Ranger Station on the Crest and take the roads back to your car or you can turn left at the junction and continue to the top of Lukins, another 3.5 miles and 1300 feet. My favorite weekend loop, park on Palm Drive, up Earl Canyon, left at the junction to the top of Lukins then catch the Grizzly Flats roads back down to the Crest. Down the Crest and roads back to the car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
El P

Chaney Trail up, middle Sam Merrill, Sunset down. Lots of rocky, exposed technical riding if you like that.



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Review Date
April 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Spartan , from La Canada

Summary:
it is loose, steep and a great workout...if you live in the area, go down to the ranger station on angeles crest and ride as fast as you can down the highway to foothill blvd..keeping up with cars on a mountain bike turns heads every time. Fun to see the reaction on people's faces...

Recommended Route:
start at the trailhead mentioned above.. and keep riding up until you reach the antennas above la crescenta/tujunga..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
el prieto, you can ride to the jpl trailhead from home or go ride up la tuna canyon, both are great after-work rides...especially at night with HID lights...



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Review Date
September 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim , from La Canada

Summary:
Nice groomed fire road w/ steep grades. The steepest grades level out at 10 yard intervals but needs to be riden aggressively because of the percent of camber. A late afternoon start puts you into the shade on the east side of the trail. Try to make "The Pearl of Earl" without stopping. Or is it Hurl of Earl? Having good brakes is a must and changing to more aggressive tires helps. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners as it's more of a workout ride. Be careful of hikers and bikers coming down! It's fast with sandy washouts. I've freddied a few times both up (Pearl) and down.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Angeles Crest ranger station, ride to the fork at the top and come DOWN Earl Canyon. It's gnarley and fast. I like to make loops from both directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chilao for all you hammerheads. Brown Mt for a fun ride.



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Review Date
September 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lid , from los angeles

Summary:
rode this trail once,a killer climb!will do it again,great workout.only experiance riders,riding down is steep

Recommended Route:
wilson toll rode,brown mountain,verdugo mountain



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Review Date
April 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: brian , from la

Summary:
Earl Canyon is in good shape right now, with no real difficult sections. A somewhat hot and dull aerobic workout for after work.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whiting woods-steeper and more technical



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