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Latitude
34.36455204229581
Longitude
-118.50093841552734
Trail Directions
EXIT San Fernando RD. off 14 Antelope VLY. FREEWAY NORTH make a RIGHT AT the FIRST exit if you go thru the round about circle exit U will need to U turn and the PARK and RIDE park in the lot. THE FIRE RD. is right over the FENCE. you start going up to those TOWERS up to the SOUTH SOUTH EAST direction from the park and ride. IT"S known as the NIKE MISSLE SILO site. IT,s a long uphill stay on the main FIRE ROAD about 4 to 6 miles I guess on a DOWNHILL 45 pounds it takes a while to RIDE. THE VIPER TRAIL IS SWEET. BRING your GEAR and RIDE IT ALL THIS IS WHAT FREE RIDING all about. PEACE OUT.
Trail Length
10miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Newhall
   


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Review Date
October 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mr_spin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live in the area, so I had to do this trail at least once. Some parts of this trail are pretty sweet, a few parts are above my comfort level, and there is at least one part that is simply unridable in its current condition (at the junction of the Manzanita trail).

I can't say I really enjoyed my time on this trail. The ratio of walking to riding was too high for me. Not knowing the trail, I ended up walking some sections I probably could have ridden. There are some sections where you have to fully commit without knowing what you are getting into, so better safe than sorry!

This trail is spectacular in terms of views, and the singletrack is definitely sweet. Be warned: you will be climbing on the way down. And bring a map or a smart phone to find your way out of the oil field at the bottom. There are no signs, and it's very easy to miss the right turn and end up on Sierra Hwy.

With all the advanced level elements, I wouldn't recommend this trail to anyone who doesn't have advanced level skills. Or, to anyone with lesser skills who doesn't mind walking.



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Review Date
April 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ryan1584 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Steep fire road climb to SWEET single track descent. 2100 foot climb in four miles pretty intense, I was in my granny gear the whole time but only had to walk briefly. when I got to the clearing with the trees where the single track starts to the left, I sat down, ate a sandwich and enjoyed the view. Ride down was epic. Not to be missed. I have to admit, I walked about half way down couple of the hairier sections (super steep, no brake situations). I went back and forth on whether I should have brought my full face helmet and pads. I didn't fall, so I didn't need them but the speed you get on this downhill is pretty intense. Would have been much happier if I had a partner up there in case things went south. It was windy enough in some spots that the wind blew me around a little bit. If it had been any harder it might have blown me down or off the trail. Otherwise, this is a must do if you're in LA looking for good rides. I was on a Santa Cruz Superlight (4 inches of rear suspension).

Recommended Route:
Park in park-and-ride, take fire road up up up, then singletrack down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tapia Canyon - Much more chill - half the elevation change, half the steepness, a fun alternative for someone who doesn't want fear injected into their ride.



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Review Date
March 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: HillClimber823 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fast, steep but very fun. Definitely an advanced trail. Protection a must. A few VERY steep sections with dismounts for beginner riders.

Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Recommended Route:
Park at the "park n ride". Ride or in my case walk/ride 6 miles to the plateau where the 2 trees are. You can see them from a mile from the top.

Take a break and them bomb down the fast trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Local: Towsley Canyon
Out: Mt. Pinos



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Review Date
August 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Alex Bonelli ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I really don't know why people keep saying 'Viper is crazy, or downhill bikes with body armor is a must.' Don't listen, just go ride it for yourself. I neglected to ride this trail for the past 3 months because I thought it would be too tough. any decent hard tail and a intermediate rider will do fine on this trail. Good brakes are a must though, as the trail is very steep. a few sections have ruts but they are totally avoidable and you can blow through em on a full suspension. Since you also have to hike/climb quite a bit I would recommend a hydration pack with lots of water. Gets pretty hot here in Newhall especially during the summer. all in all a buttery smooth (for the most part) fast and steep downhill single track. Go out, ride this trail!

Recommended Route:
park at the park and ride and push your bike or ride up the fire road. when you reach a plateau with a couple trees you have reached the top!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, really. this is by far the best near Newhall



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Review Date
August 13, 2011

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: bcriner ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail starts just off the 14 freeway. Steep jeep road takes you up about 4 miles. If you want, you can top out at the fire station near the peak. The road is a constant climb and is rutted in spots. I'm from Colorado, so the climb wasn't too bad, just a constant grind. When you get to the flat spot near the top, the road will cut right. To your left is a lonely tree. Viper single track starts there. From that spot, you can see most of the downhill. It cuts right along the ridge line of hills. As a matter of fact, you can see the trail from the southbound 5 freeway! It looks a lot easier than it is from that start. Steep, loose, rutted....oh, and fun! I took a nice digger over the bars once. This is a down-hillers dream. Once you get the bottom you will see some oil derricks and the trail disappears. Head straight though the "oil" area on the dirt road (north). That road will take you to the fire station and back to the park and ride.



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