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Up "The Beast," down Los Pinetos

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Climb "The Beast" and earn your downhill run!


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11.5

Miles

18.5

KM

40%

Singletrack

3,198' 975 m

High

1,389' 423 m

Low

1,994' 608 m

Up

2,020' 616 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This loop makes you earn the trip down Los Pinetos with a tough fire road climb that never lets up. The upper section is shaded by trees and there's lots of wall rides, berms, and even some jumps if you know where to look.

Do this early in the morning if possible and try to beat the hikers out because they like to climb up Los Pinetos and having to dodge them can kill the fun.

Need to Know

You can avoid all the road riding on this trip by parking one car at the Placerita Nature Center and then parking the other at the Newhall Park and Ride.

Description

Make your way up the biggest climb in the area, from the Newhall Park and ride to Wilson Canyon Saddle. Once you get there unlock your suspension, drop your seatpost and get ready to shred some downhill.

Drop onto the Los Pinetos trail and after a fast, fun, and challenging descent, you'll make a left which pops you onto a quick run down the Placerita Canyon Trail until you reach the Nature Center parking lot. From here, turn left onto Placerita Canyon Rd. and head back towards CA-14. Go under the overpass and turn left at the light. Head down a little further to Newhall Rd., turn left, head back under the overpass and you'll be back at your car!

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Justin Terry

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  3.8 from 20 votes

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Photos

Local ripper, Spencer Rathkamp, making the best of a recently torched zone on Los Pinetos.
Dec 23, 2016 near San Fer…, CA
Pedal up "The Beast" to ride Los Pinetos down. Quick overlay of the entire ride followed by trail footage going down Los Pinetos.
Mar 12, 2021 near San Fer…, CA
Beginning of Viper
Jan 7, 2014 near San Fer…, CA
Elsmere Canyon Trail MTB.
Oct 12, 2016 near Santa C…, CA
Elsmere Canyon Open Space
Mar 30, 2015 near Santa C…, CA
Easy dh thru the fire road for a 1/4 of mile.
Feb 6, 2018 near San Fer…, CA

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Oct 27, 2021
Marc Mandel
Super fun fast DH. Long graduated climb can be cleaned. only negative is the 2 miles on paved very busy road back to car. 12.8mi — 1h 45m
Feb 15, 2021
A V
shredding the gnar
Feb 6, 2021
Jose Cordova
Jan 7, 2021
Yuriy Anisimov
Trails is actually great but the last 3 mi on a highway - ruins everything if you are going to do it go back before highway...
Nov 8, 2020
Chris Devlin
Two downed trees but otherwise great conditions — 1h 00m
Aug 23, 2020
Jerry D
Beginner aware — 2h 00m
Jun 1, 2019
Raul Ruvalcaba
Nov 16, 2018
Jim Fife
Nice long downhill side. I wasn't expecting the street riding in the end as it got dark. And the uphill hurt me. No, really, I wasn't right next day 12.3mi — 1h 58m