Earl Canyon Motorway - Trail, La Canada, California

Earl Canyon Motorway - Trail, La Canada, California

DESCRIPTION

To the locals Earl is synonymous with "hurl", mainly because of the roads overall steepness. But dont let that fool you, because there are sections of the fire road that are very steep. During heavy rains the road effectively becomes a single track as you try to avoid the wash ruts in these sections. Along the road there are 3 emergency fire catches, with the top most one at the fork to Angeles Crest (down to the right) and Mt Lukens/Haines Canyon (up to the left). While there are some riders/hikes to be seen in the late afternoons, most of the time the road is empty.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 20, 2016]
Bugdozer
Weekend Warrior

I grew up on Jessen Dr so I spent half my life up Earl Canyon. In the 70s, we would push our Schwinn's up as far as we could stand and then tear back down like mad men. Earl Canyon is very steep and unrelenting, it's an advanced grind. It's also not well maintained and very rutty. Since the 2009 Station Fire, the road is no longer maintained past the two mile point and is a narrow single track up until the Lukins truck trail.

Customer Service

Up and back, park on Palm Drive, take Earl Canyon up to the Lukins Truck trail, 3.5 miles and 2000 feet. Take care descending as it's steep and very rocky with many deep rain ruts. For a little longer loop go up Earl and turn right down the Lukins Truck Trail to the Ranger Station on the Crest and take the roads back to your car or you can turn left at the junction and continue to the top of Lukins, another 3.5 miles and 1300 feet. My favorite weekend loop, park on Palm Drive, up Earl Canyon, left at the junction to the top of Lukins then catch the Grizzly Flats roads back down to the Crest. Down the Crest and roads back to the car.

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El P

Chaney Trail up, middle Sam Merrill, Sunset down. Lots of rocky, exposed technical riding if you like that.

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4
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5
[Jun 15, 2000]
Rick W.

I rode this route beginning at 4:30 pm on Mon. 6/12/2000. Extremely hot, but I love the heat. The long days make for great long evening rides. I lived in LaCanada as a teen and never explored these trails. Lots of western exposure (heat) at lower elevation and then its a progressive moderate northeasterly climb until i reached the Mount Lukens trail after about an hour and fifteen minutes. Be prepared for constant swarming (but not biting) flies. Just know that you won't have to deal with them on the way down. It was good motivation for me not to stop.
Pretty smoggy day. Decided that I had enough time to summit Mt. Lukens. Another hour and fifteen minutes to the top. Must be spectacular on a clear day. Rode back down the Mt.lukens trial to Angeles Crest Hwy and then down into LaCanada at dusk. Great workout. Only saw one other biker the whole day.

Customer Service

Palm Ave. as described above.

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Going to try out the Beaudry Fire Road next.

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4
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[Aug 14, 2000]
Damon Russell

This trail offers a great workout as well as excellent development of both up and downhill skills (riding through sand, rock gardens, etc.) Early morning or late afternoon starts are the best, since this trail is in sun most of the day. The key to a successful ride is pacing yourself. The first 2.5 miles up are the most challenging. Make sure you stay on the outside of all turns, not only is the traction the best there, but some turns are blind with bikers carrying excess speed on the way down. At about 2.5 miles up you will reach a fork in the road. Going left will take you to a concrete platform overlooking just about everything, clear days offering visibility to the ocean. Continuing right, the trail becomes less severe, with Deadore trees and several old rock wall implacements. A tee-pee should be visible to your right throughout this part of the climb. It is accessable off of Lukens trail. At the top you can continue left to Mt. Lukens, or right down to the Forest Station for a loop back into La Canada. Be careful if you come down the same way. The trail has been recently graded. There are no longer any ruts (until the first rains) but there is a lot of sand, allowing the front wheel to easily wash out. Stay wide into the turn, turn in quick and go straight to the apex. This offers the quickest way thru these points. There are a lot of baby rattlers on the trail, so be careful, escpecially in late afternoon.
Make sure your carrying at least 2 water bottles for the trip, with more needed if continuing to Mt. Lukens. I've ridden this trail about once a week for the last four months. Other trails in the area have seemed a lot less physically challenging since then. Have Fun!

Customer Service

Same. There are usually a few parking spaces available in front of the trail head. Just be respectful of the residents off this small street.

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Mt Lukens from Angeles Crest Highway

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4
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[Jul 13, 2001]
mark fagan

Rode earl yesterday. after two and a half miles it is super soft making one of the hardest rides arround even harder. AS the trail gets steeper it gets softer. It takes an hour to get to the intersection of lukins, allow fifteen more minutes because of conditions. After you get to the ridge the traction is fine and you can cruise to the top of Lukins.

Customer Service

up

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Wieding Woods

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4
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[Apr 02, 2002]
brian

Earl Canyon is in good shape right now, with no real difficult sections. A somewhat hot and dull aerobic workout for after work.

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Whiting woods-steeper and more technical

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3
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[Sep 30, 2002]
lid

rode this trail once,a killer climb!will do it again,great workout.only experiance riders,riding down is steep

Customer Service

wilson toll rode,brown mountain,verdugo mountain

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5
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[Sep 30, 2002]
Tim

Nice groomed fire road w/ steep grades. The steepest grades level out at 10 yard intervals but needs to be riden aggressively because of the percent of camber. A late afternoon start puts you into the shade on the east side of the trail. Try to make "The Pearl of Earl" without stopping. Or is it Hurl of Earl? Having good brakes is a must and changing to more aggressive tires helps. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners as it's more of a workout ride. Be careful of hikers and bikers coming down! It's fast with sandy washouts. I've freddied a few times both up (Pearl) and down.

Customer Service

Start at the Angeles Crest ranger station, ride to the fork at the top and come DOWN Earl Canyon. It's gnarley and fast. I like to make loops from both directions.

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Chilao for all you hammerheads. Brown Mt for a fun ride.

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4
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[Apr 12, 2003]
Spartan

it is loose, steep and a great workout...if you live in the area, go down to the ranger station on angeles crest and ride as fast as you can down the highway to foothill blvd..keeping up with cars on a mountain bike turns heads every time. Fun to see the reaction on people's faces...

Customer Service

start at the trailhead mentioned above.. and keep riding up until you reach the antennas above la crescenta/tujunga..

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el prieto, you can ride to the jpl trailhead from home or go ride up la tuna canyon, both are great after-work rides...especially at night with HID lights...

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4
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