Santa Fe Dam Trail - Trail, Azusa, California

Santa Fe Dam Trail - Trail, Azusa, California

DESCRIPTION

Ride south on the singletrack past the 210 fwy. Bear left off the bikepath into the open field on your left. Pick up the fun twisty singletrack and loop this area twice (called the Fun Zone). Watch out for the the jumps. This looks like desert in here. Now climb the rocky trail up small hill, go down the other side, head toward the lake, then turn right on the fireroad. Find the singletrack leading north from the fireroad (look for 3 rocks stacked side by side as markers), then explore this second desert-like area. Make your way to the dam face on the southeast side of the park. Ride on the dam face for about 1 1/2 miles in western direction, to the end of the paved section. Ride down to the fireroad (near the helo landing area), and ride north on the fireroad, alongside, and below the 605 fwy in this water spreading ground area. Then turn right (east) when you reach the chainlink fence. Go past the water dept maintenance building, and turn north. Go under the 210 fwy, and ride on the west bank of the San Gabriel River. When you pass under Foothill Blvd, look for a singletrack in the riverbed. It is flat and straight. Take it to the old railroad bridge, and go under the bridge. Get on the bridge at this point. Ride east across the bride to the east side of the riverbed. Go N on the singletrack, (you rode this S earlier) or if you are toasted, take the easy bikepath back. It's about 2 miles back to the USFS Info booth.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 12, 2005]
terranrush
Weekend Warrior

Being a beginner, i found this ride very fun. It is pretty much flat, and it allows you to get some confidence riding on a trail. The only problem with the trail is the overgrown brush. The path is really narrow and your leg gets scratched up from the brush but not too bad. We were the only riders on the trail, but we saw a bunch of people on the paved path.

Customer Service

We followed the directions on the posting here. The trail is kind of hidden but if you stay near the chain link fence you will see it. There weren't many options on routes, at least the parts we rode on. It was just one path that ran parallel to the paved road.

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4
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1
[May 27, 2005]
mtbjunky
Weekend Warrior

Lots of BIG rattlesnakes! Be safe! Rode today and almost took out a 4 ft+ long rattler just south of the paved trail on a single track.

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0
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[Jul 03, 2004]
JSUN
Downhiller

Im confused- THe trail directions send you nowhere near the santa fe dam. The trail directions above lead you to azusa canyon rec area. -not sure of any trails up there- but if you have a 4by, go up to the ohv area, up azusa canyon, take your bike and find some places to build jumps! Anyhow, if you like to send your bike into the air, theres a cool-but flat- jump section near the santa fe dam with a 6 pack, and a couple big jumps - but motors keep out!! -just find the bridge along Encanto bl. in Duarte, cross to the west side of the riverbed, and head north along Encanto about a quarter mile until you find a break in the fence on the right. Enter and immediately head toward the left and down- the first jump is straight ahead- banzai! Duarte also has a decent skatepark- which i've never found to be locked up, even in the middle of the night. --Great place for a post dirt-jump concrete session. --RIDE ON-- -JSUN from REDONDO -former Duarte kid-

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3
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1
[May 22, 2000]
Ghetto Ridah

Virtually no climbing or descending; easy introduction to dirt riding for newbies. Don't expect "backcountry" type scenery; this place is very industrial. Keep off the paved bike path to keep it interesting. Probably, boring if your hardcore. Decent distance of about 13 miles (loop) if you don't screw around. Take a bathroom break at the park near the Dam. Interesting urban/industrial views when riding on top of the Dam.

Customer Service

Follow the trail description on this site.

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3
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[Apr 05, 2001]
CHAZ

I used to ride this trail every day during the week and sometimes on the weekend. Not technical at all, but fun to mess around and work on your stamina. Good work out if you ride the whole loop. Once in a while change those mtb tires to hybrids and hit the pavement to the beach. Fun and interesting view of San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods. Be sure and hit the little jumps hidden throughout, off of the path, watch for the sand on the west side in the bed. Everyone is friendly on this trail and always remember to keep it that way. Sundays are a bit crowded, especially around the damn area. Will make friends with your local snakes, rabbits and coyotes.....also be sure and report any little punks who grafitti on the rocks and landscape near the trail, to the rangers or local police station.. keep our trails clean.....

Customer Service

Follow instructions as listed above, stay on dirt road and off the paved road. Be sure to find the hidden jumps north of the lake.

Similar Products Used:

anything in the local area, all trails are fun if you make them that way

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4
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[Jul 21, 2001]
GQPUNKS

This trail does not have alot of climbing, but does offer varied singletrack with some nice area's to explore.....Ignore looking for the three rocks piled up that mark a trail...you won't find it....A real nice workout if you ride on top of the damn....Almost no people around. On Sundays the Azusa gun club is shooting off rounds in the near mountains...you can ride to a war soundtrack....3 tires review..

Customer Service

follow directions from chaz to get there...note that you should ask the park rangers to park....there is little parking and they will let park next to the ranger booth.

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3
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[Oct 12, 2001]
Shannon

Several great bike trails here for the whole family to enjoy! Friendly people - not packed at all. Great picnic area and play areas... wide enough to pull the burley bike trailer! Love it..but always looking for more trails.

Customer Service

Same as above

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4
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[Mar 24, 2002]
John Chadwycke

Most hard core bikers think this place isn't a challenge;however, they're totally wrong on the issue because they never venture off the fire roads!!The Santa Fe Dam interior is a rough uninviting place to spend a day off.

Customer Service

If you enjoy a difficult challenge then you will enjoy the small rocky/sandy trails that go all over the interior of the dam area.You have to go off roading to find these small trails probably used often (at night)by coyotes.

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4
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[Sep 16, 2002]
Mike R

This trail is right by my house, so I ride it a lot. The paved bike path that runs parallel to the dirt singletrack comes in handy if you ever get tired. The best part about this trail is that it goes on for a good long time. North of the 210 freeway it goes up for about 3-4 miles. South of the 210 freeway is the Santa Fe Dam area and there are a bunch of trails going all over the place. You can probably ride about 4-5 miles worth of dirt around the dam area. South of that there are even more dirt trails and the paved bike path goes on for another 30 miles or so down to the beach. So, even though it's pretty damn flat, you can get a good workout. Great for beginners and easy to get to.

Customer Service

I start by the bridge that crosses the wash just north of Huntington Drive off of Las Lomas. From there I either go north or south.

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4
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[Nov 17, 2002]
POISONBOTTLE

This is not a bike trail for extreme speed, however;you will find yourself riding in an area of the park so few get to see.This trail will take you (south) to another small trail that zig-zags through thick wooded areas, watch out for the small horned lizard's.

Customer Service

First find the (north) paved bike trail near nature center.Next ride the paved bike trail (north-west), when you go over the small hill and come down this hill look to the (south) or to you're (left) there is a clearing in the brush marked by a small pile of rocks and a (blue) rock.If you can't find this trail turn around go back up the hill, then turn around go down again slower than before and look to the left.

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In a month or two I will reveal another trail that is for more extreme bikers!

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