Bulldog Motorway - Trail, Agoura-Cornel, California

Bulldog Motorway - Trail, Agoura-Cornel, California

DESCRIPTION

Steep the whole way, a brutal climb, but it can be done without any dabbers( a rest for the terminal). It,s a fire road so nothing technical, single track stuff.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 15, 2000]
Pooberty

It's a nice, intense fire road climb to the top. The descent is fast, curvy and fun. Look out for ruts and horses.

Customer Service

You can also access Bulldog through Malibu Creek State Park, which has some nice trails and technical riverbed on the way to the Bulldog climb.

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3
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[Jul 25, 2000]
Steve

Bulldog is a relentless grind, with the hardest part between 2.3 miles and 3.0 miles in. Keith is mistaken in that the climb is 3.4 miles not 4.3---believe 3.4 is hard enough! A strong rider should do the whole thing without stopping but others will require a few stops to catch their breaths. Up on top to the right are some interesting rock formations worth a look. Near Corral canyon is some fun though limited singletrack. From Latigo to Corral is some very nice singletrack which unfortunately was graded somewhat in recent times so it's not as technical as it once was.

Customer Service

Take Crags to Bulldog. Once on top,hang a right towards Castro peak (where the attennas are) and just before you get there go left on the fireroad which goes down to Latigo. Hang a left onto the singletrack and head to Corral Canyon. You can than keep going east on Backbone trail and ride down Tapia nback to Malibu Canyon State Park, or you can go left and climb the fireroad back up to Bulldog than ride down the way you came.

Similar Products Used:

Backbone, Newton Canyon, Zuma Ridge

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4
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[Feb 06, 2001]
Steve

Corrections to the dude from San Diego. The Bulldog, even when in shape, has some real ripped up portions, making it seem much less of a fire road. It may not be single track technical per se but parts still demand attentive descending skills. Still, if you have the skills to power up it, coming down it should be smooth.

Similar Products Used:

Zuma Ridge, Paseo Miramar, Puerco Canyon (though access may now be a problem)

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4
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[Nov 21, 2001]
Donald

A good round trip is from MCSP main entry. Ride to Mash and up Bulldog. At the top go left and past Corral Cyn trail head. You're now on Backbone trail which will take you to Malibu Cyn at Tapia Park. This leaves about 3/4 mile back to MCSP entry where you left your car.

Customer Service

Start at Malibu Creek State Park and take trail past visitor center and lake to the old Mash site where you begin your ascent. It is a hard ride but good for even caual riders with some rest stops. Great views and lots of options at the top.

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You can ride all week. Go north of MCSP(cross Mullholland) and you have a Liberty Canyon/Lost Hills loop which involves some regular roads. Take Liberty trail to Liberty Cyn Rd. (paved)and go to Agoura rd. (right) to Lost Hills(right) Rejoin dirt trail behind park at Lost Hills/Malibu Cyn I.S.

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4
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[Nov 26, 2001]
Ed

Watch the opening credits of M*A*S*H to see a good example of the terrain here.

I love this trail. After a few miles of warmup, you hit a rock strewn dry (usually) creek that is challenging to ride through without dabbing. Then you hit the old M*A*S*H set, mostly unrecognizable today. Turn left and you are on Bulldog. It's a tough climb, with some steep and loose parts about 2/3 of the way up. It's totally ridable if you are a good climber.

I usually turn right at the top and ride less than a mile out to the antennas (antennae) on Castro Peak. You get an incredible view of the whole Santa Monica Bay from there.

Turn around, go back down to the top of bulldog, keep going straight through. You are now on the Backbone trail. It's fast here, but chances are, you will encounter hikers here, so watch out.

Backbone comes out onto asphalt for about 1/2 mile, then continues off the left side of the road. You can easily miss it if you are not looking. There's a gate, and usually a car or two parked.

This section is mostly boring fire roads, but the views are spectacular and the climbs are draining this far into the ride. A big chunk of the trail washed out and there is now some "singletrack" in it's place that is mostly ridable down to the other side of the gap.

Finally, there's a fast descent down to a small reservoir. Right before you get to the reservoir, where the trail abruptly ends, there is a singletrack that goes off the right side. It's very easy to miss, so look for a metal pole that says "Tractors Only". This will take you down to the road just south of Tapia Park.

At 16 miles, this is a decent ride with lots of climbing, spectacular views, and amazing scenery. There are many reasons to ride, but those are the three things I like the most.

Customer Service

I do the same loop as the previous review.

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4
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[Dec 01, 2001]
Victor

Using an Altimeter, Bull Dog is 1950' elevation gain in 3.2 miles. For me, that's grannygear for 45 minutes non-stop. This is no beginners ride (as not much is in the North West Los Angeles area)

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Once at the top of Bull Dog, turn right (West) to a road on your left (south) that goes down to Backbone and go left (east) on that either to the first road on your left or to the Corral Canyon parking area and go left (West) again back to Bull Dog for a complete loop.

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4
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[Dec 04, 2002]
Steve

This is a great trail with great views. Really spectacular scenery when you get to the top, cool rock formations, excellent views all around. Obviously this is a big climb of about 2000 feet in 6 miles. So you will get a work out. Very manageable climb, just be sure to stick to the granny gears at the start of Bulldog (At around 2.5 miles from start) to not burn yourself out, and stick to early morning if doing in summer cause it gets blistering hot. I once tried it in August at 10:00 am and thought I was going to get heatstroke and I turned around with about a mile of climbing left.

I don't live in the area and I'm not sure I'd do this trail regularly if I did. The views are great and you'll definitely get better at climbing. Its more of a great experience vs. a great ride. My in-laws live in the area and I do it about once/twice a year which is plently.

Word of caution, the backbone trail and Mesa Ridge trail are both VERY FAST fireroads. With some hidden turns and quick up and down sections that will hide what is on the other side. Last time I did this trail I came over a little ridge at about 25 mph to encounter a rock slide section that I hit and crashed hard. I was lucky that I didn't slide over the edge onto a 15 foot dropoff.

Great ride, just be cautious at the top if you aren;t familiar with it. Its not dangerous, I was just stupid and got over confident with the terrain as obstales will sneak up on you. Overall 95% of this ride is tame as a baby.

Customer Service

Start at parking lot for Malibu Canyon (Creek?) park just off Malibu Canyon road, south of the 101.
Follow signs to MASH site.
Go past Mash Site to sign for Bulldog Road and go up for 3.4 miles.
At top, go left onto backbone trail.
Backbone hits pavement and after maybe 1/4 mile around a corner, look for a gate and a trail marked Mesa Ridge Trail.
Take Mesa Ridge trail through to Tapia Park.
You can then take Malibu Canyon Road for about 3/4 of a mile back to parking lot.

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4
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