Cogswell Dam - Trail, Azusa, California

Cogswell Dam - Trail, Azusa, California

DESCRIPTION

About 8.5 miles of paved road that has virtually no through traffic - mainly bikers and hikers. Very scenic, following a stream the entire ride. Then another 2 miles or more of dirt road after you reach Cogswell dam. Easy Sunday ride, but the scenery can't be beat and a good ride to get in shape. The last .7 miles to the dam is very steep - time to walk the bike!

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 25, 2006]
BigLou
Weekend Warrior

I have been coming here for the last forty years. In the early days, there was no such thing as a mountain bike. This is a beautiful ride,riding along next to the river. The road is paved, with vitually no traffic (Rangers,Sheriffs and Edison personnel use this road, but it is closed to the public). Park you car at the West Fork Bridge (Forest Pass required) go thru the locked gate,pass the picknicers,and the fishermen and your on your way. The last time I went,(09/16/2006)there were quite a few bear sightings (3) and a problem with rattlesnakes. So please be careful!

Customer Service

At the dam, bear left pass the caretakers home and your on your way to the Rincon Red Box trail. Its all uphill. At the top, you intersect with the trail, turn left and eventually you wind up almost where you started ,but remember its a long ride. Ride is not terribly challenging but does offer some terrific views. Word of Caution ....
when on the Rincon Red Box Trail,watch for motorbikes,all terrain vehicles and other traffic as they all seem to speed or take the turns as fast as they can. Complaining to the Forest Personnel does no good as the violations are not committed in their presence.Photo to be posted.

Similar Products Used:

Santa Fe Dam.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 22, 2006]
BigLou
Cross Country Rider

I have been coming here for the last forty years. In the old days I had a 3 speed Schwinn with the fancy fenders. Contrary to what they tell you @ the entrance to the canyon, the gate to the dam is always open. The problem now is bears and rattlesnakes. On my last ride I came across three (3) bears and several snakes. If your going to make the "loop",be prepared for a long ride. The bears have become aggressive and are not afraid of man. Thanks to the help from a ranger, I managed to keep from getting "mauled". My last trip was on 09/16/2006. Pictures are being posted!

Customer Service

When you get to the dam. bear left, pass the caretakers home. The road eventually becomes a dirt road and its uphill all the way until it intersects with the "Rincon Trail". Turn left and it will take you to the paved highway which in turn will take you back to your vehicle. On the "Rincon Trail" watch for speed freaks,driving all wheel terrain vehicles and motocycles, who try to drive as fast as they can and they don't care about who else is using the trail. In spite of all this, I am in love with the area.

Similar Products Used:

Santa Fe Dam. Rio Hondo Wilderness Area. Santa Ana Riverbed trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 12, 2006]
jason124
Weekend Warrior

Great one day ride, or camp the night (must bring gear on bike or hike) at Glenn Campgrounds 7 miles in. Things get steep beyond that all the way up to the dam. Beautiful view of the stream all the way up the paved trail.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 14, 2001]
ScottR

The road past the dam goes between caretakers' houses, then climbs towards an artificial slope with an asphalt road switchbacking across the slope. You climb this asphalt road past a left and a right switchback, and turn right at the second left switchback to head down past a small water tank. Then you climb (now on graded dirt) forever. The grade isn't steep, and the road isn't technical - the last time I rode it, I used my road wheels with skinny semi-slick tires. I also descended SLOOOOOWLY. At the top you'll come to a bar gate, and past the gate you'll find you're not really at the top. Just past the bar gate is an intersection with the Rincon-Red Box Road. Yes, this road (to the right) goes all the way to Red Box on Hwy. 2! There's a fork in the road that allows you to hit Hwy. 2 at the top of Big Tujunga Road, if you'd rather go there. Turning left on the Rincon-Red Box Road takes you up to Monrovia Peak, lots more climbing, but eventually you'll descend a LONG way towards Hwy. 39. At 39 there's another bar gate across the road, so SLOW DOWN near the bottom so you don't cream the gate. You'll dump out on 39 only half a mile south of the start of the ride, at the West Fork Bridge. This loop over Monrovia Peak is long, but can be done with lots of water and extra food, and the views from the ridge are pretty impressive. Not technical, but a good fitness challenge.

Customer Service

Keep going past dam, on up to the ridge.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 20, 2001]
Martini Bob

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, this road was closed at Glenn Picnic Ground 7.7 miles for Dam security with serious patrols until further notice. Enquire thru USFS.

OVERALL
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2
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