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Los Pinetos Trail

Average Rating:    (4.19 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

Los Pinetos Trail - Listed in the 'Viper' trailhead on this board as 'Nature Center', this formerly-illegal trail has been opened to bikes. What can I say - Was illegal, has to be great -- Tasty, twisty, shady, banked singletrack. Not too technical, but has some rocks, ruts and steeps. Cool ride for a hot day. Nice park at the bottom. Watch for hikers (not too many). All downhill if you use the shuttle option. Includes the pre-viper ridge and fire road descending from the fire station/radio towers. Then singletrack down into the canyon instead of the Viper ridge descent.
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Latitude
34.36437491699118
Longitude
-118.50115299224854
Trail Directions
Placerita Cyn Rd. approx. 4 mi East of 14 fwy (approx. 4 mi North of 5 fwy and 14 fwy junction). See review for 'Viper' on this board. Do as a car shuttle using those directions, but park down car at the Placerita Cyn nature center, about 4 mi East of the 14 fwy up Placerita Cyn Rd. You can also climb up the fire road / power lines from San Fernando Rd. and 14 fwy to make a loop (see other reviews on this board). Must return on pavement if you go this way.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Newhall
   


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Review Date
August 31, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mr_spin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was a pretty sweet trail. Singletrack all the way to the bottom, and mostly shaded, both of which are rare in the Santa Clarita Valley. I loved it. It reminded me a little bit of the Tractor trail in the Santa Cruz mountains, for anyone who has been there. The lower part is the steepest part, and at the moment, like everything else around here, it's slick and loose. There's not a lot of grip, so it can get a little hairy when you pull the brakes. Thanks California drought! We could definitely use a good rain to wash some of it away and firm up the trail.

When I got to the bottom, I took the Canyon trail to the Nature Trail to the Placerita Nature Center. I was a little bit lost, so I just blundered my way around. It's a cool ride. Lots of walkers here. But plenty of hikers use the whole trail, so you can't really let loose too much. Apparently there are other ways to get to Placerita Canyon road without doing the Canyon/Nature trail, if you don't want to deal with it. But then you have to deal with Placerita Canyon road. Pick your poison.

Recommended Route:
I climbed the Santa Clarita Truck Trail, all the way to the towers, then descended down the Sylmar side to pick up Los Pinetos. You will have to ride on Placerita Canyon road, Sierra Highway, and then back to Newhall Ave. to complete the loop.



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Review Date
August 19, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: z400jt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail. I love riding it even though, until recently, I had been climbing up the single track which was not easy and resulted in a lot of hike-a-bike. There's plenty of berms and wall-rides and even a couple of jumps if you know where to look. Probably more fun on an AM or DH rig but even my full suspension XC ride is more than capable of hammering it out. The upper section is great with tons of traction and plenty of shade. The lower is more difficult with lots of loose gravel but still fun.

Recommended Route:
Take Hwy. 14 to the Newhall Rd. exit, head east on Newhall Rd. until it dead ends (~100 yards) into a dirt parking lot. Park there and proceed up the fire road (Santa Clara Truck Trail) that begins near the northeast corner of the parking lot. Follow the SCTT roughly 4 miles until you reach a clearing with a small bathroom. The Los Pinetos trail begins directly across from the bathrooms, I believe the sign says Placerita Creek Trail.

Run the trail to the bottom then hang a left onto the Placerita Canyon Trail. This used to be closed to bikes but was recently re-opened to them. This trail is wide and easy but filled with fenced S-turns to keep the speeds low. Once at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center ride the road back down to Sierra Highway, turn left, then take another left on Newhall and you're back at the parking lot. (About 5 miles of road)



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Review Date
August 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: enduromonster ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Sweet trail. Better than the Viper trail that is in the same area. the trail is in great condition, but is overgrown in some areas. It has jumps, burms, its fun, about 12 miles.

Recommended Route:
Park down at the park and ride, ride up the fire road, and then down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Viper



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Review Date
December 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fitzmotor ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It's been 27 years since I rode this trail, it is in far better condition now, with the berms and the wider trail it is fast and fun, it used to be a horse trail, but no steamy land mines now, I thought the rains would have torn it up but it was in really good condition, down toward the bottom there were some landslides and a fallen tree that you had to crawl under or hike around. It was a great ride.

Recommended Route:
Being old and out of shape I had to push the damn bike up the fire road more than I rode it, but I am on substandard equipment with the wrong tires. I came up from the park and ride at the 14 frwy and Newhall ave so it was a long 5 miles to the top, the downhill was cool, and when I got to Placerita nature center ranger Frank said that soon they will have a trail that will go from up on the mountain to Sierra hwy so you dont have to pedal back down Placerita cyn rd to Sierra hwy, they apparently struck a deal with Disney for passage through Golden oak ranch.



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Review Date
November 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 62kona ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Really fun trail! Very smooth and has really good flow to it. Almost every corner and turn has a really nice berm or wall ride. Very shaded most of the way down so the dirt stays moist and tacky for a long time after the rain.

Recommended Route:
With a good all mountain bike, pedal up the viper fireroad. With your dh bike, def. shuttle up sand canyon.



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