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Average Rating:    (3.13 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Steep narrow twisty single track descending. Some technical sections, obstacles and drop offs. Can be loose in places. Stay on the main trail. You will end at pavement at the headwaters of the resivoir. Turn right and ride back up 1/4 mile to your 2nd car. Used by certain magazines and equipment manufacturers for photos and testing. I am witholding my name so they don't kill me. Kind of short, but do it several times. Hot in the summer, so go in the early am.
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Latitude
34.497237455570804
Longitude
-118.61633777618408
Trail Directions
Car Shuttle DH. Interstate 5, 5 miles North of Lake Castaic / Castaic, CA. Exit at Templin Highway and turn right. Go up the hill to the 4 way stop. Trailhead is 4 miles up road to your left. Straight ahead goes down to pick up riders or leave 2nd car for shuttles. To pick up riders or park 2nd car: Go straight from the 4 way stop all the way down to where the main road is gated, with a paved road to the right (sign for Castaic Power Plant). Park your return car or have your shuttle driver wait off the road near the gate. To get to the trailhead, go back up to the 4 way stop - Right turn coming up from the power plant, or Left turn coming up from the freeway. This is the Old Ridge Route. Follow this 4 miles until after it turns to dirt and you get to where the power lines cross the road. If you have an offroad vehicle, continue. If not, park. On your right is the power line tower access road (dirt) and an open metal gate. Go through the gate and around to the left, bearing left at the fork. A double track goes gently uphill about 1/4 mile until you see a singletrack going downhill steeply on your right, which is visible winding away far below you. Do not park blocking the double track (you may have to leave your car 1/4 mile back on the road).
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Castaic
   


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Review Date
February 14, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Soul Rider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The road is open but I have a felling the middle steep section is un rideable even for top level riders. Who ever built the jumps needs to go faster. If you are a faster rider, beware! All but the first 2 manmade jumps are crap and should be hit after dragging the binders a bit.

Bit o' trivia...fastest time for the entire trail, to the pavement, 6:40 - 1999'

My buddy turned me onto this trail in 1997' After a few hundred hours it was ripping good, now it's alright but still a blast on a DH bike. 17 minute shuttle. If you don't have a DH bike, don't go there. You will walk over 50% of it. Trust me.



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Review Date
October 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: RIDERED007 , from VALENCIA

Summary:
THIS PART OF THE FOREST IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.....THERE ARE SIGNS UP "FOREST CLOSED"
DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER.....LOTS OF USF RANGERS AROUND. MAJOR FINE$$$$$$$ IF YOU IGNORE INFORCEMENT....AS OF OCT 6TH.....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
CASTAIC TRAILS STILL OK TO RIDE.....



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Review Date
January 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jd415203 , from Los Angeles

Summary:
To "Pissed-off:"
It's certainly not the author's fault the road was closed; he was simply trying to spread the wealth (so to speak). Furthermore, the author had the right intentions, he didn't want the road to blocked, either. For you to hold him accountable for how other, less considerate, riders do is ridiculous. Consequently, you should be ashamed of yourself for saying you hope he suffers broken bones while ridden. That is pathetic!



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Review Date
January 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Pissed Off , from Valencia

Summary:
Thanks to the peson that posted this trail, the road is now closed. The residents have always been very friendly with the locals and some others from out of the area because we respect their part of the road by maintaining a slow speed. Now that a few inconsiderate people have been speeding through this area and treating the residents with little respect, the road is closed. Thank you underground hound. I hope that all of your rides include multiple flat tires and broken bones.

Recommended Route:
Go back to where you came from and don't ride this trail unless you can follow the rules

Other recommended trails in the same area:
underground hounds backyard.



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Review Date
January 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Corey , from Westchester, CA.

Summary:
This was a great trail, few man-maid jumps (a little tripple up top, few doubles here and there,and a cool little tree jump just befor you hit the streets). If you like DH trails with rocks, dust, sand, water, drops, jumps, little mud, swithbacks, rutts, and any other terrain, than this trail is for you. It has everything all rolled into one 4 mile trail. just be sure to bring full set of gear and your camelback, because it gets hot... I totaly recommend this trail.

Recommended Route:
directions are great, its very easy to find the roads and its not far from the highway.



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