Las Posadas - TRAIL

Las Posadas - Trail, Calistoga, California

the riding is actually done behind pacific union college las posada proper is off limits. there is great riding here but not for beginners unless riding whith somone who knows the area. this is mountain lion habitat. there is no water. bring tools nearest bike shop is in calistoga. best place for a beer after riding surfwood in claistoga. have fun pack out your yuppie gu wrappers.

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Justin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2014]

this trail is for everyone but finding where you want will take awhile but the google maps has it wrong. I thought I knew these trails but this last weekend i found at least 2 miles i previously didn't know about and i know it goes farther. if you have the cardio to last you can find what ever kind of trails you want.

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once next to the clearing with about 4 different trail options go down the eastward one and that has almost something for everyone, you have to look for the harder stuff but its there

Similar Products Used: maybe bothe state park haven't been there in awhile
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46zhp   Downhiller [Jan 31, 2014]

Im a regular skyline/ annadel/ tamarancho rider and was intrigued by the mention of small north shore style sections. Ive made a couple trips to explore alone ignoring the warnings… I used the map from this site http://kensbikeski.com/articles/local-off-road-riding-pg120.htm and found the printed trails reasonably easy to find. The problem is all the unmarked stuff, you will regularly come to 4-6 unmarked trailheads (in some areas 8+). Theres quite a few fun single track trails but most are short, and i never found some of the mentioned north shore stuff despite decently clear directions. The jumps and associated bridges and drops were decent enough for a return visit. Overall it seems fun and I'm sure a ride with someone experienced would improve the experience a ton because its hard to get a good flow going when just exploring.

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I probably had the most fun with the switchbacks, and linking roller coaster to creek bed and then down .6 mile. Not sure of the names of other things but a few of the trails off the backside of the maze were a good time too.

Similar Products Used: Skyline, Annadel, Tamarancho
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C-Mauro   Downhiller [Jul 13, 2010]

There's some good stuff. At least 40 miles of singletrack and fireroads. Not much in terms of downhill unless you go into Las Posadas State Park, then there's one of my favorite technical trails, the Lower 4H. There is also an Upper 4H that can be accessed from the forestry station but you have to know where it is, and it goes along the side of the cliff, so you can't do what I prefer, just going super fast in technical stuff. I must say though, if you know where to look, there is some mean Freeride in multiple spots going from beginner, to expert.
My favorite is a spot with stuff up to 35 feet of horizontal air and styled like Northstar or Whistler. But where that is, I can't release:). XC riders would love it. All Mountain probably would too. And Definetely Freeriders. But Downhill bikers, you have to go to 4H to satisfy your needs, and there, 6"+ of suspension is what I would recommend.

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DH Bikers: Enter through the parking lot on Las Posadas rd. If coming down to the road from town, go to the trail around a tree, to the Left of the parking lot. Go straight for not to long until the trail opens up to an intersection, with a field to you're left. Turn right off that down the main dirt road and go straight through one more intersection of trails and when you get to a split, take the far right. These are the Whoop-De-Doos, and you'll obviously know it if you went the right way. Go down and up the three in a row whoops [at least 40ft up/down each] until the end where you could go straight, turn left, or turn right through a tiny opening in the fence. Do that, go straight down the fireroad hill around a bend and shen there is another intersection, turn left and go for about 10-20feet until you see a singletrack come off the main fireroad. Hit that, and you'll go through rocks and boulders in an old creek bed and continue until the trail goes up to the right, or down to the left. Go down, and go till a water treatment shack you can drink from. After that, go down, and at the end of that good DH trail you'll go into the 4H camp, go through the camp up the hill, and to the fireroad. Go all the way to the top and back out to the road, and you're done.

Similar Products Used: anything you can find
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illiswillis   Weekend Warrior [Aug 22, 2009]

This is one of the best riding areas around St. Helena. Great singletrack, some downhill but I've never explored this area, small northshore section, dirt jumps, fire roads, and double track. Most of the riding is in the college property, but there are also some in the state forest area. Plenty of technical sections, some easy climbs. Never very crowded, and seeing others on trails is rare, but there are hikers, dogs, and horses, and parking is limited. Definitely go with someone who knows the area. You can find a map online but its not very helpful as it doesn't show a lot of the trails. Lots of poison oak so watch out.

Customer Service

For a good trail ride of singletrack, take 0.6 Mile to Creek Bed for a test of skills right of the bat. Then ride along the valley field fence towards The Maze. This is all killer singletrack, you just have to know which ones to take up and which to take down. Definitely hit Roller Coaster for a flying downhill singletrack. For a good downhill take Anqwish, but be prepared for a long fireroad climb back up. Angwish has an unmarked North Shore section that joins it 1/3 of the way down and has a different entrance. Other good trails include, Switchbacks, Rico's Singletrack, Bail Trail, and Gateway. But there are also plenty of unmarked jems.

Similar Products Used: I've only ridden Bothe which is only two fire roads, and Skyline. Bothe is a waste of time and an entrance fee. Skyline, while it takes a long time to reach the tops of trails, offers very long and rewarding descents for those willing to climb.
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Downhill Pimp   Downhiller [Dec 07, 2008]

Las Posadas is a pretty good trail. It doesn't have many REAL downhill areas but there is a ton of so-so singletrack and some good jump areas. I have just entered the world of Freeride/Downhill from All Mountain and am craving a good challenge. I would recomend the rollercoaster to anyone who wants to do some fast freeriding. Also alot of the trails down from there are good.

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angwin-turn left next to PUC college-go to end of road-start on trail at end of road entrance

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Will Michul   Weekend Warrior [Apr 28, 2008]

Tons of awesome single track, good downhill (hit angwish), fire roads, jumps, and both technical and easy sections. There is something here for everyone. Everyone should get up here and ride while they can because PUC is going to sell the property and homes are going to be built there. There are people protesting the sale, and I sure hope they win because this is my favorite place to ride, not to mention it's close to my house.

Customer Service

My favorite trails are: 1.6 mile streak, the maze, roller coaster, angwish, mossy rock trail, bail trail, rico's streak, and creek bed streak. There are many other trails in Las Posadas that I haven't even mentioned or ridden. be sure to get a map.

Similar Products Used: Skyline
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velocipus   Cross Country Rider [Apr 26, 2005]

It's GONE!!! All grapes and Huge mansions. I guess all good things must come to an end. It's all private property. At least we still have skyline in Napa and Annadel in Santa Rosa.

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Annadel State Park

Similar Products Used: Annadel State Park
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warthog   [Jun 23, 1999]

bring lots of water you need to be self sufficent here

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this is not for locals only, since it is behind puc
college the students are not locals, and there are
not that many locals who live in angwin who ride. do
not be put off the twit who said locals only, they just
want to keep a great place to ride for themselves.

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Stump   [Sep 13, 1999]

I can't wait to go back and bring ALL my friends.....The people I met were all friendly and didn't mind when they were shown how to really ride ...

Customer Service

Anguish!

Similar Products Used: I'll surely let you know when I find more LOCAL trails...........
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Teach   [Dec 14, 1999]

Have ridden here several times over the past couple of years and always have fun. Great cross country terrain, lots of short ups and short downs. The area is spread over a couple of ridges and valleys. There is a seasonal creek that runs along the bottom of the easternmost valley, a main trail runs along it in both fire road and singletrack form. Several singletracks branch off of this route. There are several more if you head north to the creek's source and beyond. It will take you a while to get oriented here, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded. Key point: if you've gone downhill for more than a mile, especially eastward, its a LONG way back up.

Customer Service

Park at the airport behind campus and go down in almost any direction...

Similar Products Used: Annadel State Park
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