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Sycamore Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

A nice trail along a canyon bottom, uphill in and downhill out. Fire road width but really two singletracks following rangers tire tracks. Go to the end and then return the same way. Watch for tall thistles along the trail sides (ouch).
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Latitude
34.01311152864025
Longitude
-118.04912567138672
Trail Directions
Take Workman Mill Road north from Beverly Blvd. Park just south of the Rose Hills gate and enter through the fence by the white mailbox. go left and pass a small gate and then right along the dirt road up the canyon. Keep turning left at all the forks.
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Whittier
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Review Date
April 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sona ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Ok so i started going on the trail, it was nice for the first half a mile except for those spiking plants all over infesting the train, which by the way i have a rash because of that. All of the sudden the trail stopped where the grass/plants had grown half the size of me, we tried going around thru the river, but that didnt work, so we had to turn back. I was very upset. Im used to doing 5 hour long hikes, this hike took an hour. It was veryyyy disappointing. I wished i had gone turnbull canyon or hellman's instead. Oh well, now i know not to go back on that trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I recommend hellmans, also if your in laguna there's the El Moro trail which is my favorite, also good for mtn bike riding. You wont regret it! :)



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Review Date
January 14, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: noweyout ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just rode this trail yesterday. I found out when I got there that it was right next to a landfill. At the beginning of the trail there is a lot of heavy machinery lying around. Like the other reviews say, keep left of the forks because those seems to have tracks created by the service trucks. The smell is not bad but then again we are in the winter season. I am not sure if the smell will be worse in the summer. On the trail we saw chunks of rock lying around and lots of animal crap. There were also holes on the ground the size of golf balls. Be careful not to over exert yourself going uphill because some portions are pretty steep. I had to walk the bike up a couple of times. A few of my friends got light headed 2 miles in. Overall, it is a fun trail to ride.

Recommended Route:
Mapquest or Google directions to the corner of Workman Mill Rd and Sycamore Canyon Rd. The directions provided above leads you to the cemetary.



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Review Date
February 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: hog7654 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've moved out of the area but when I was there this trail was all I would ride during the week. Now those of you saying 3 miles in and out.....well if you take a couple of those left turns up the hills...there is about a 5mile up hill ride...and a great single track on the back side coming down. Yes you can keep this beginner and make it easy but if you ride this hill it can be one heck of a ride..

Recommended Route:
From the coast through the camp ground and take your second left and start climbing....people say beginner but this hill I would call advanced because it just keeps on going!



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Review Date
August 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shepdog ,  Cross Country Rider , from Whittier Ca.

Summary:
WOW, there are some confused reviews concerning this trail 1st.This trail is open to the PUBLIC and belongs to the Puente Hills Land Conservancy ! 2nd.That "Funny smell" from the creek is a natural sulpher deposit and is HARMLESS. 3rd This is a better hiking and running trail than a riding trail UNLESS you are a beginner and want to do a 3 mile out and back in a scenic BOX canyon.IF YOU TRY to "blaze a new trail",YOU WILL GET POISON OAK!!! .Park at the trail head either follow the fire road back to the end of the canyon OR go approx. 1.5 miles from your car. Look for 2 lengths of telephone pole laying on the right side of trail. Follow this "single" track across a stream bed and up 1.5 miles of TIGHT switch backs(I find it a hike a bike)to the top.You are now on "Skyline Trail" go explore!

Recommended Route:
605 fwy to Workman Mill Road. Just South of Rose hills Cemetary look for a chainlink fence and gate with a small green sign "Sycamore Canyon" .Drive in passed the rangers house and look for the sign that says "trail head".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
From here(if you climb the switch backs) you can access ALL of Turnbull Canyon.



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Review Date
June 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mike , from bellflower ca

Summary:
good hike! yes stay to the leftall the way. this used to be a park many years ago. (shows on old maps) i believe the area is now owned by rose hills. there is a ranger who stays in a house just south of the entrance and if he sees you, he'll turn you back. after you pass the oil rig you'll be safe. for some reason they don't want anyone in there.
i stay out of the water in the creek (when it is there)because it smells bad and who knows what is in it. but once you are in the canyon it gets really quiet. i have seen rabbits, squirels, lizards, many different birds and i have been lucky enough to see deer. i have never seen people here except the ranger.

Recommended Route:
begining at workman mill rd walk through the gate closest to rose hills cemetary.



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