Chesebro - Trail, Agoura, California

Chesebro - Trail, Agoura, California

DESCRIPTION

All the trails in Chesebro are open to bikes. This is a great park for beginning riders. The terrain is hilly with Oak and Sycamore trees in the low lying areas. The start of Chesebro trail (dirt road) is flat for a couple miles and ends in the Sulfur Springs singletrack. Sulfur Springs is more of an intermediate ride. If you follow Sulfur Springs to the end (2 miles or so) you will come to Shepherds Flats. If you make a left at Shepherds Flats you'll be on the connector singletrack (not sure if it even has a name) to Palo Comado Trail. If you make a right it leads to Baleen Wall Trail. Both Baleen and Palo Comado are dirt roads, but they are much steeper than Chesebro. There are singletrack trails all over this park but it would take too long to mention them all. I'll just describe my favorite loop. You start the loop by going up the Modelo connector trail from the upper parking area. At the top of the hill you go left on Modelo. Follow this trail until it T's and go left again. This trail will switch between single and double track for a mile or so and drops you at the bottom of Palo Comado, go right. You will follow this trail (dirt road) for about three miles. On the right you will see a singletrack (I think its called Dead Cow but there is no sign) you can go up it or continue on Palo Comado. Dead Cow mirrors Palo Comado but Dead Cow has more climbing. If you stay on Palo Comado, you will go less than 2 miles and you'll see another singletrack on the right. Go there. This is the connector to Sulfur Springs. After 200 feet you will see Dead Cow single track on the right. Just stay to the left. If you came up Dead Cow, make a right on to the connector singletrack where Dead Cow ends. Follow the connector singletrack for a mile or two to Shepherd Flats and make a right on Sulfur Springs trail. Sulfur Springs is great fun. It has rock, dirt and sand sections with a couple of creek crossings. Follow it for about 3 or 4 miles until you see Modelo on your right and go up it. After climbing less than a mile, the trails will intersect (it should look familiar, you were here earlier) go left. After another mile or so you'll see the parking area and youll go right down the singletrack you came up earlier.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 29, 2011]
rolling thunder
Weekend Warrior

Fire roads, hills, flats, single tracks, rocks, easy, technicals. Great riding at all levels, and plenty of climbing. Lots of wildlife - last ride saw a large buck deer, and the ride before said hello to a coyote who seemed acclimated to humans.

Southern Pacific rattlesnakes are common here, along with other harmless snake species (gopher snake, king, racer, etc). Only snakes with rattles are poisonous, and they won't bother you if you don't bother them! Chance encounters are common but bites are rare, and while riding virtually impossible. However be aware: look before you sit on a rock, or reach into a shrub. Rattlesnakes don't always rattle (there is evidence they are evolving away the rattle as humans often kill the ones they notice).

If you see a rattlesnake don't kill it! They are important in controlling the rodent population (rodents are arguably more dangerous as they can carry diseases important to humans and are quite destructive), as well as a food source for coyotes and raptors.

You might see one stretched across a fire-road in the morning sunning himself. Just slow down and steer widely around.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2010]
Itay.teshuva
Weekend Warrior

this trail has every thing it has easy fire roads and fun fast single tracks the single track is some what technical but not to hard u can survive on a hard ail but its much better with a full suspension bike do be careful for snakes i almost got bit by one so dont go loking for them.

Customer Service

start at the dirt parking lot and continue till the creek part then go to Palo camodo until u get tired or keep going there are so many trails it is up to u

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 28, 2009]
tasset
Weekend Warrior

If you want to get someone excited about mountain biking, this trail made me feel like a kid again. This trail has something for everyone. It has easy fireroads and fun singletracks. It has some climbing or you can stay on the flats. It can be playful or safe. It has become one of my favorite trails. It starts with a fireroad, but there are loads of single track side trails to play on. The further you go in, the better it gets. Once you pass the "Live Bee Zone Creek" (I don't remember exactly what it's called, but you'll know it when you're there). The track gets much smaller and you need to watch for oncoming riders, but everyone is very courteous. The trail has many places I stop and just play. The views are worth seeing. Watch out for snakes. Have fun!

Customer Service

I start on Cheseboro Trail out of the parking lot around the right side of the park. Watch out for hikers and horses. I typically loop around counter clockwise in the park. I've been told not to try climbing the hill in the middle because it just keeps going up and there isn't anything fun on the downside.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 09, 2005]
thobry
Cross Country Rider

Trails are open and in really good condition since the fires scorched the area. Main canyon trail from the parking lot is not burned very much. once you get out to sulpher springs and into what I consider the back of the park, it looks like Mars! Green buds are starting to grow - but i would say 95% of everthing you see is still black. Amazing. Still a fun trail - one of my favorites. Be sure to respect the areas that are closed for vegitation and yield to hikers and horses.

Customer Service

see above.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 31, 2005]
izzybuff
Weekend Warrior

just wanna say it's fun and nice to go to this trail specially if you want to get wet a little. there's really not much to say all trail is good.

Customer Service

big stoney drop a little scary specially if you're going too fast. one mistake will leave a mark in your body forever.

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connectivity trail you can connect to another trail which is i don't know, haven't done it yet maybe next week.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 08, 2004]
Charlie
Cross Country Rider

Most fun Mountain bike trails I've ridden without the aid of a gondola.

Customer Service

First of all, bikes are allowed, and there are tons of them there, and the rangers if they are there, expect bikes. I would take the trail all the way to the back of cheseboro canyon through the shady single track canyon up and down through sulpher springs, then bust a right at the end of the canyon and either take the single track all the way to Ahmanson Ranch and back down to Las Virgenes, if you are really in the mood for some haulin ass downhill single track madness. When you get to the T in the end of the canyon you can make a right and go right again on the Cheseboro ridge trail and take this back to the begining if you are in the mood for some fireroad up up up and down down down down down down. down.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 15, 1998]
Kenn Miller

Just to clarify a few points on the Scotts review. First of all I agree with his route selection and it is a great place ot ride. As far as trail names; the trail Scott refers to as "Dead Cow" is actually known as "Poachers Trail" in some guide books. I have also heard it called "5 dead cows" "Bony Trail" due to the fact that there a 5 places along the trail where you can find cow skeletons. The trail is also called "Adrenaline" by some of the speed junkies in the area and is predominately ridden down not up. Also this trail is not a maintained trail by the park service and riding it may be frowned upon. I have never had a problem when riding it. The trail that is actually called "Dead Cow is accessed by continuing up Palo Comado until you reach the top and following the singletrack through "China Flat" until you reach the saddle next to "Simi Peak" that overlooks the Oak Park, Agoura area. "Dead Cow" is not recommended for the faint of heart. It is an extremely technical with steep rocky stair stepped sections. I love this trail and in this area it is only surpassed by "Suicide" in technical sections.

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I live in this area and ride from my house to a number of trails within just a few minutes. The area just needs to be explored to realize its full potential.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 15, 1998]
Kenn Miller

Just to clarify a few points on the Scotts review. First of all I agree with his route selection and it is a great place ot ride. As far as trail names; the trail Scott refers to as "Dead Cow" is actually known as "Poachers Trail" in some guide books. I have also heard it called "5 dead cows" "Bony Trail" due to the fact that there a 5 places along the trail where you can find cow skeletons. The trail is also called "Adrenaline" by some of the speed junkies in the area and is predominately ridden down not up. Also this trail is not a maintained trail by the park service and riding it may be frowned upon. I have never had a problem when riding it. The trail that is actually called "Dead Cow is accessed by continuing up Palo Comado until you reach the top and following the singletrack through "China Flat" until you reach the saddle next to "Simi Peak" that overlooks the Oak Park, Agoura area. "Dead Cow" is not recommended for the faint of heart. It is an extremely technical with steep rocky stair stepped sections. I love this trail and in this area it is only surpassed by "Suicide" in technical sections.

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I live in this area and ride from my house to a number of trails within just a few minutes. The area just needs to be explored to realize its full potential.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 17, 1998]
Vince Gest

This descent is for experienced riders. Consider bringing a buddy on your first outing. Bring plenty of water just in case. Rumor has it that the area is closed to riders but I've spoken with several Rangers and they all said it's open! Expect to be on the trail for at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours depending on your skill level.

Customer Service

"GAS PIPE": Follow the directions for Sulfur Springs: up Cheseboro fire road; left on Sulfur Springs. Turn right at Shepherd's Flats. You'll come to a "four way" intersection. Go straight. This is Gas Pipe; one of the best trails in the area. Hang on tight and ride it all the way down to a fire road. Turn right on the fire road. Ride a few miles and keep your eyes open on the right for a fenced-in utilities unit (Dept Water & Power?). Turn right at the double track and climb up and over Baleen Wall back to Cheseboro. Turn left on Cheseboro and ride back to the parking lot.Actually I was riding these trails AT LEAST 3-4x/week until 3 months ago when I snapped my wrist riding off a 15' ledge at night on "Dead Cow". This ride is also a must for anyone looking for a challenge. "Suicide" is the best in SoCal so PLEASE do not divulge the location to every self-proclaimed expert in the state! Its obscurity is what keeps it so awesome. If you must ride it, talk to the local bike shop (Wheel World or Newbury Park Bike Shop) and I'm sure one of the guys would love to take you.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 17, 1998]
Vincent Gest

It's a nice hiking trail so try leaving your bike at home and enjoy!

Customer Service

A correction to the trails in this area: BALEEN TRAIL IS OPEN ONLY TO HIKERS! There is Baleen FIRE ROAD and Baleen SINGLE TRACK TRAIL. It is marked as a hiking only trail. Don't do like this guy and ride up it without taking note of the trail marker!

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RATING
3
VALUE
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