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Los Pinetos Trail

Average Rating:    (4.21 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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 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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Review Date
March 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: camarosam ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is alot of fun, once to the top its really sweet riding the single track through the oak trees. Riding to the top is not fun, on an all mountain bike I get about 75% of the way then walk. Its an hour to the top. There are some good dh sprints and a couple tight switchbacks at the top. But other then that its single track all the way down with nice hard turns that you can dig in along the side of the mountain and carve. This trail is at its best during the spring time when the rains are gone and the dirt is still compacted from the rains. Wait a week after it rains for the forestry dep. to fill in the rutted areas. Once you clear the oak trees there are not that many steep hills, a gradual dh descent. Overall I like this trail, and living in socal we dont have too many single track nor some sick dh trails to really bomb. So we make the most of what we have.

Recommended Route:
Take 5 freeway to 14 freeway. Exit Newhall ave and make the turn towards the mountain, there is a big dirt all day parking lot. The fire road directl behind it is the one you want to go up. Get on that and follow it all the way up, follow the tire tracks on the ground. Once you go up and come down los pinetos, you have to take placerita road to sierra high way then back to where you parked.



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Review Date
February 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: scottay ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
http://www.clipdin.com/forum/index.php?topic=134



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