Scairs - TRAIL

Scairs - Trail, Brentwood, California

Hardcore freeride staircase DH 'trail' (1/2 mi+) w/easy 1mi ride (climbing) out. 'New' but 'old', cool & shady, w/'sights'. Narrow (3'), crazy-steep, partially-walled (sunken) cement (rough) staircase with tiny-steps (1/3 size) and no rails, twisting down a vegi-tunnel!?!

User Reviews (4)

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Dee   Weekend Warrior [Jul 18, 2003]

rode this trail for the first time with a group from supergo new years day in the dark. the hubby and i had never ridden in ca and thought we'd check it out. we were a lit'l cocky since we ride the north shore every week. we were quickly humbled by these cement creatures, our ns roots and cedars are slightly more forgiving. i managed to do the easier top sections, the hubby did ride all the way down (i was sure i was going to be collecting a huge insurance claim after i walked the final 40'!) but he cleared them all and managed to stop before hitting the tree, to the pleasure of a cheering crowd. the walking down the stairs with a bike was tough enough. my hats off to all who can clean it top to bottom.

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Stripe   [Jun 28, 2001]

Not overgrown (6/28/01). WARNING: Hardcore w/exceptional skills, FS freeride, good tires and hydraulic disc brakes ONLY. Plus, you might want to bring a friend (or gear). Very hard, scary, and serious injury potential if you fall. Seat WAY down, soften tires, butt behind seat, go s-l-o-w on the steeps, keep moving, stay on, concentrate, try not to skid. No XC!

Starts out easy, then gets harder (and harder...). Many turns and landings to negotiate. If you are scared here, turn around. Eases up, but dont pick up ANY speed, a super-steep awaits. Continues scary in places, and more tunnel-like, with the pitch increasing to 'wow this is steep', 'ohmigawd', and then 'heart-stopping' in the last 40'. Last 40' are dusty too, so you'll just have go slow into it, brake as much as you can, and ride it out (sliding & picking up speed). You wont be able to stop there, even w/DH tires and low pressure. No run-out either, and slight divot at the end (no biggie).

Jog left, then right at old road and climb to 'Penstock' descent section (singletrack into bushes to stairs w/'duck' or 'cairn' (pile of rocks) opposite on the wall). Option: Detour left at the road after Scairs, and follow around to right for sights. Penstock goes there too, and is similar to Scairs, but not as steep or long. However it has dusty/leafy steps that are more slippery, plus tighter vegi's, for a different challenge.

Do check the sights and explore (but dont go more than 1 mi North in the canyon, or you will hit the camp - bad).

A new twist on the old for bored and jaded freeriders and downhillers needing a local thrill that is actually difficult and scary. DONT FALL!

Customer Service

Down, left to old road, right (up) to Penstock, left (down) to sights, ride around, out to the South, then up and around on the old road (rights). Do an SMM ride before or after.

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Huck   [Jul 09, 2001]

Appropriately named. The last 50 feet are terrifying. Starts out tame, and you get used to the step rythym pretty fast. No matter how I modulated my rear disk, the back tire would slide a little.

The bottom is ridiculous. Start as slow as possible, you will still lose rear traction and you will gain speed. The runout on the bottom is less than 5 feet. This is widowmaker + steep with little surface area for your tires to grab. Don't freak and overcompensate with the front or you will get tossed hard.

Bailing out on the steps is gonna hurt real bad. Reccomended disks, no hardtails. If you go with soft tires prepare to have slicks at the end.

5 tires for steepness, 3 for length (1/2 mile maybe).

Customer Service

Directions are pretty well laid out by Stripe. Best as a small side-action piece to another ride involving sulli/rustic.

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RetroRider   [May 18, 2003]

May 18, 2003.
There are two sets of stairs. The one you encounter first as your enter on the paved fireroad is still ridable.
However, the second set of stairs farther down the paved fireroad is unridable at the top section because a huge tree has fallen over and blocked the stairs midway down.

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