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Fun Mount Hillyer's Chilao loop

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Take the trail directly opposite the parking area climb & drop down to the lower campground area. Notice how beautiful this trail is? It is a sign of more GREAT trails to come! Turn left on the paved road and turn right at the Y, or the first paved road to your right. Follow the paved road until it turns to dirt. Passing a school, forest service housing, telephones, crazy dogs and huge killer pine cones which alway drop next to me. This fire road offers the best view of the back country. Bring a camera. Approx 4 miles later you should hit the Santa Clara Divide Paved road turn right. approx .25-.30 miles later follow the trail that leads to the right. After climbing steeply for about a mile it will level off. This is where the fun begins! Within a mile of turning right, you will be coming by huge boulders around you and the pine trees. You will need to negotiate the technical singletrack trail and fly over obstacles. There is even a log jump towards the end of the Mt. Hillyer portion =) You are surrounded by hundreds of boulders. The scenery duplicates Colorado riding. After you have so much fun, you should cross a stream and end up at a paved road at Horseless Flats campground. Turn right here and follow the Silver Moccasin Trail as it takes off to your right about .10m away. You will reach a junction shortly. Follow the trail to your RIGHT. Turning left & up will take you to a Christian Camp.Turn right away from the Christian Camp. Follow the trail as you negotiate an awesome trail filled w/ rock obstacles jumps and switch backs. Great stair steps galore and flying over rocks. Enjoy this for a while as you drop down to the Chilao lower campground area marked by a paved road you had taken earlier. Connect to the single track trail which is across from this trail and this will take you back to your car! To the die hards, you can park at Charlton flats and climb to Vetter mountain and take the trail which will take you to the lower Charlton flats campground. Turn left and descend the fire road which will turn into great single track will will end up at Chiloa upper campground where the Mount Hillyer ride begins! Approx mileage w/ this option is 18+
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34.31919574543767
Longitude
-118.01015853881836
Trail Directions
You will find the Chilao campgrounds located 28 miles from La Canada on Angeles Crest Hwy. (2 miles past Charlton flats picnic area) Once you enter the campground, park to the left of the first intersection & display your forest adventure pass! This is a very fun trail, about 6 miles of technical single track duplicating Colorado's scenery. The 4 miles of fire road offer views of Strawberry Peak, Mount Wilson, Vetter Mountain ect. At 5500 feet, the air is clean and not much chapparal but PINE and as big as a house boulders! Awesome views. ** DO NOT RIDE THIS W/ OUT A HELMET! **
Trail Length
10 miles / 17 if added to Vetter Mtn trail
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
La Canada
   


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Review Date
May 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Harry , from Glendale

Summary:
I rode this trail in January '03 with high expectations. It sounded easy enough so I decided to take off alone that day. There was snow on much of the fire-road and it made things tricky at the top of Mt Hillyer. Trying to find a trail when there is 6" of even snow coverage can be maddening sometimes since there aren't any tire tracks to follow. Always up for a challenge, I thought it would make for an interesting ride as I strapped on my helmet for the decent. I managed to find the trail for the first few hundred yards at the top and then things got hairy. There was a lot of spots where the trail was completely washed out with melting snow and runoff. I found out after a while that I wasn't on a trail at all anymore...it just disappeared. 3 hours later with a million cuts on my arms and legs (I HATE chapparl) and two flats I ended up at Chilao damaged and defeated. I'll ride it again someday; maybe in the early summer. Next time I'll make sure to bring somebody else along to navigate since I'm obviously a failure in that area. I would recommend the trail to intermediate/advanced riders. It is truly challenging with all of the washed out sections and is probably a lot of fun if you know where you are :-)

Recommended Route:
Since I got lost...I can't recommend following the route that I took.



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Review Date
September 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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2.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jonny , from broomstick, CO

Summary:
First things first: getting up the paved fireroad is super easy (which may be good or bad). The short climb mentioned in the middle of the ride (the turn off the paved road that was 4 miles up) is short, but a real doozy. The singletrack was absolutely fantastic. The trail is real sandy right now (sep 17 2002) so the switchbacks were extra tricky because 1) the sand grabs your tire and doens't let go and 2) the erosion leaves a decent drop off guarded by rocks as you try to make your way around the switchback. Some of the other obstacles to clear, mainly the stair steps, are extra tricky right now due to heavy drought turning everything dry and letting it roll away. Nonetheless Just a real "fun" and challengig time coming down. I wouldn't recommend this trail to intermeddiates--too many places to get hurt for you little guys. I don't agree with the dude who said the 10 miles will feel like 20, it feels like 10. Now the juicy stuff: I'm a CO NATIVE and damn proud of it, born and raised there 22 years...i'm just out in LA on *extended vacation*, aka grad school. So you ought to know that our buddy Charles is out of his league when he claims the "scenery similar to CO." yeah, maybe the dumpy foothills part. there a few vistas that are quite nice, but no where near the majestic beauty and grandeur of true CO mountains. nice break to get some decently fresh air up high, but it's still a touch brown. the most depressing thing is coming back down on highway 2. (and please be careful driving up there. way too many idiots driving SUV's coming waaaay over the yellow line...like you fools need SUV's here anyway). as you fall back into the valley, the air turns back to gross thick brown, a real downer after a gorgeous morning of riding. a tragedy how you goons trashed this state--that's why you need to stay the hell out of mine.
happy trails

Recommended Route:
follow the directions above. they are accurate. make sure you bear left out of the parking lot to hit the trail. some people have apparently started cutting a new trail off to the right.



Comments
Skywest (11/16/2007)
Hey buddy, try to stay and and follow existing bicycle tire tracks on the ground. You will avoid sinking in sand momentarily. This only happens when you wander off the trail. You also need to learn how to negotiate the technical terrain, don't blame the trail for your bike handling deficiencies. referring to your point number 2. Try not ruin a trail with your commentary, to some we get absolute enjoyment here. Hey at least here, we ride year round. Enjoy your frigid temperatures.
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Review Date
September 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jonny poonlick , from broomstick, CO

Summary:
First things first: getting up the paved fireroad is super easy (which may be good or bad). The short climb mentioned in the middle of the ride (the turn off the paved road that was 4 miles up) is short, but a real doozy. The singletrack was absolutely fantastic. The trail is real sandy right now (sep 17 2002) so the switchbacks were extra tricky because 1) the sand grabs your tire and doens't let go and 2) the erosion leaves a decent drop off guarded by rocks as you try to make your way around the switchback. Some of the other obstacles to clear, mainly the stair steps, are extra tricky right now due to heavy drought turning everything dry and letting it roll away. Nonetheless Just a real "fun" and challengig time coming down. I wouldn't recommend this trail to intermeddiates--too many places to get hurt for you little guys. I don't agree with the dude who said the 10 miles will feel like 20, it feels like 10. Now the juicy stuff: I'm a CO NATIVE and damn proud of it, born and raised there 22 years...i'm just out in LA on *extended vacation*, aka grad school. So you ought to know that our buddy Charles is out of his league when he claims the "scenery similar to CO." yeah, maybe the dumpy foothills part. there a few vistas that are quite nice, but no where near the majestic beauty and grandeur of true CO mountains. nice break to get some decently fresh air up high, but it's still a touch brown. the most depressing thing is coming back down on highway 2. (and please be careful driving up there. way too many idiots driving SUV's coming waaaay over the yellow line...like you fools need SUV's here anyway). as you fall back into the valley, the air turns back to gross thick brown, a real downer after a gorgeous morning of riding. a tragedy how you goons trashed this state--that's why you need to stay the hell out of mine.
happy trails

Recommended Route:
follow the directions above. they are accurate. make sure you bear left out of the parking lot to hit the trail. some people have apparently started cutting a new trail off to the right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
city sewer is nice, so they tell me



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Review Date
July 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ernie and Jagger , from Burbank, CA

Summary:
The date I rode was really June 25,2002. It was awesome! Cool views, great single tracks. It's a bit sandy in some parts and loose in some climbs but overall you can ride 90% of the trail. Silver Mocassin is super technical in some parts, killer stairs and jumps. I just loved the top of Mt. Hyllier. Great views and huge boulders. To find the trail in the middle of the rocks could be a bit sketchy. Just follow the bike tracks. One of the best trail I ridden in So Cal. Go for it.

Recommended Route:
Print the directions above. They are accurate. Fun 10 miles loop, although you'll feel like you've ridden 20.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Box to Switzer and on down to JPL/Lower Arroyo



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Review Date
March 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mike D , from Long Beach

Summary:
I start at the Charlton Parking area just pull off angeles crest and park by the restrooms (open seasonaly), display your adventure pass. Start by heading down a mild grade on pavement heading away from angeles crest. This is a great warm up a paved road and offers a nice view of the canyon below Vetter Mountian. After a bit the pavement becomes dirt continue left and up to the top of Vetter Mountain. After enjoying a wonderful 360 panorama head back down the fire road and be ready to take the quick left that puts you on to a fun 4 - 5 mi single track. Be careful here there are blind corners and this trail is used often by hikers on the weekend. Please dont skid! Follow the single track accross the road (straight accross about 4 times) untill you hit a little creek crossing and a road. Head left down the road and follow the trail markers (this is a nice connector to the Charlton Flats area). Take the dirt road down and up and look for a singletrack (marked with a trail marker) on the right. Take this up, little ring grinding, and you are near the start of the previous trail description. This option adds about 7 or 8 miles total to you loop and a bit more climbing, but you can stay off Angeles Crest completely and get in a great 20 mile epic. Be careful and wear a helmet!

Recommended Route:
This is a great route, but since its a drive out there I like to loop it with the Vetter mountain lookout which is near the Charlton Flats area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Strawberry peak, Red Box area, Mt Wilson



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