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El Prieto

Average Rating:    (4.07 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 57

Bitchin' single track with lots of technicalities.
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Latitude
34.194055550607054
Longitude
-118.16868782043457
Trail Directions
take the 210 west exit Arroyo parkway and head north. Parking is on left hand side.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
San Gabriel Mountain
   


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Review Date
January 15, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JDubb007 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm an East Coast MTB Weekend Warrior and recently rode this trail while visiting Pasadena, CA to watch FSU take home the BCS Nat'l Title (couldn't resist)!

A buddy of mine warned me that I would experience some of the best riding ever while out there and that I might not want to leave. I live in the MD/DC area where we have plenty of trail systems for all skill levels so I thought it would just be comprable riding or marginally better. El Prieto lived up to the hype and did not disappoint at all! My cousin in-law that lives in the area recommended that we ride this trail and it's one of the best I've been on! The difference b/t El Prieto and those I typically ride is that the first ~3miles are a steady uphill climb. I guess that's common on the west coast, but definitely not on the east. It came as a welcomed surprise to me. Depending on your level of fitness the climb can be tough especially if you're not used to long uphill rides. I bike to work everyday (40mi roundtrip) so I found it maneageble, but my two cousins that rode w/me who only ride 1-2x week stopped a few times to take a breather. The open mountainous terrain was an AMAZING scene and gave true meaning "Mountain Biking"!

The Real Fun:
Your hard work from the acsending 3miles is greatly rewarded once you reach the top with an exhilerating 3-4 mi descent. Since I was visiting, I rented a FS Specialized Stump Jumper from InCycle bike shop. This was my first time riding a FS and the difference b/t my HardTail was unbelievable. The downhill ride was pretty rocky with a few drops and I found the FS bike just "ate up" the terrain w/out much effort from me. If I was riding my hardtail, it would've required much more focus, technical skill and a slower ride. There were some sections that had pretty sharp turns; if you're not carefull and you just speed down the trail those turn will get you (as in flying off the trail over the ledge)! I ride w/clips and had to to stop and walk my bike through one or two turns b/c I slowed down going into the turn to the point where I lost momentum. I imagine after a few rides on this trail this wouldn't be as much of an issue. Overall AWESOME! It seems like most people drive then park their car in a lot at the beginning, but we decided to bike from cousin's house (~9 mi) to the trail making the whole ride ~27 miles! Great day of west coast MTB'ing!



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Review Date
September 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: matt tucker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail esp for it's proximity to civilization, also recommend the Brown Mtn extension, cpl of nice (XC friendly) lips to hit on the way back down. The climb is pretty straight fwd but in my exp heat can make a huge difference here esp as there's no where to shelter if you do get caught out. Also can't help feeling the single tracks a bit blown out from the sheer volume of mtbs. This said it's a solid local ride and deff worth checking out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
La Tuna Canyon



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Review Date
August 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jason ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time. The first three mile climb is your average climb, except nothing is overgrown, so be aware of taking alot of water and the temperature at which you're going to challenge the climb. I climb this spot when it was a mild 85 degrees, with the sun blazing, wasn't the greatest idea. However, once you conquer this not so difficult climb, minus the heat, you'll reach the fork that leads you to Brown mt. At this fork take a slight right and it'll take you down to the gnarliest singletrack. The dh portion of this trail has your singletrack, switchbacks with your average rocky sections and ruts, along with creeks, rocky ledges (about 2ft was the steepest), and roots that you have to conquer. The dh portion get a little techy and one must watch their speed, their line, and usage of their brakes. it can get a lil exhausting, so make sure you take breaks here and there so you don't compromise technique. Overall great trail and super fun!



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Review Date
May 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Roger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Was there yesterday and had a good ride. Water levels seemed higher than usual and that works for me!!!!! New to the sport and avid riders are always willing to help out the new guy, even during the steepest parts. Be back in 2 weeks once I get my brakes adjusted. Good times, good ride, nice views, love this place!



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Review Date
April 11, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: The Rookie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Its the mother trail in Los Angeles if you haven't ridden this your weak sauce!

Great for strength training due to a annoying 3 mile climb. But once your up the fun begins almost immediately. Once you start peddling down what once was a fire road turned single track you'll embark on a series of tight and sketchy switch back, river crossings and exposed ledges. Best of all your under a canopy of beauty all around you and while the mountain lions are use to us mtb'rs they have attacked before but its rare.

Weapon of choice for this trail - light weight all Mountain - 4 inch travel trail rig. A DH bike would be a bit much and a hardtail XC bike would have your ass complaining.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middle Merril can be considered El P's evil cousin considering the climb is twice as long and twice as steep, take some snacks and G'ade because you might want to rest up at half way point.

Keep an eye out for the trail it will be on your right, although the trail is posted you can easily miss it.

This is a make it what you want trail. if you want to shred your DH bike on this and make it dangerous you definitely can, if you want to take it easy ala cruising it style you can also. breath taking views and fun chundery trail.



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