Point Mugu and Guadalasca Trails - TRAIL

Point Mugu and Guadalasca Trails - Trail, Malibu, California

User Reviews (11)

Showing 1-10 of 11  
Erik   Weekend Warrior [Aug 18, 2014]

Trails are in great shape even after the fires. Gentle climb with good breeze off the ocean. Great views. Fast and flowy single track down. Good rhythm.

Customer Service

Overlook Fire Road Up, Guadalasca down to Wood Canyon and Sycamore Canyon fire roads.

See detail here: http://www.venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/Sycamore/AreaTrails.htm

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
JSUN   Downhiller [Jul 03, 2004]

Favorite palce to take my girl for the Sunday rides. Although this could be the 405 freeway of fire roads, for some reason I still find time to make the hour long drive out. It's a little something for the both of us- she hones in on her singletrack bike handling skills on Sin Nombre and Two Foxes, while I work out my kidneys bombing down Sage Trail. And after riding all day, we'll meet back up on the fire road, and race back to the campground,-where if we made reservations we'd be grubbin' and sleepin' that night. Sycamore Canyon is perfect for a camp-out weekend, and great for the kids. Be sure to reserve a campsite though, and bring your lights if you train for 24s or if you just like riding in the dark. -Respect Nature and Wildlife- -without them we'd just be urban riding all day........

Customer Service

Leave your treads on every (legal) trail -get a map from ranger bob

Similar Products Used: yield-yield-yield! -this place is packed
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
MNTRYMTNBKR   Cross Country Rider [Sep 19, 2003]

PT Magu has something for every level level of rider. From a 14 mile out and back "Beginner Ride". To a 25-30 mile loop for the hard core XC rider. Grab a map at the gate and go. What are you waiting for.................

Customer Service

Go up the main trail to Overlook. Turn left and climb for about 5 miles. You will come to the top of Backbone "Take gel or cliff bar break. Continue up overlook for another 3 miles until you you come to Guadalasca. Let it rip down it for 2 miles. You will thank me for going down it. At the bottom turn left up access road for about 1 mile.Turn left on black top, and a slight climb for another mile continue past the water tank and you will see a a trail on the right.take it down to two foxes trail. Take the two foxes single track down to the main trail. Turn right and head back to your ride. approx 19 miles....

Similar Products Used: If you have the energy "or gutz" turn right at the bottom of two foxes. And take to HELL HILL. Turn left at hell hill and you will have a 2 mile lung busting climb. Turn left onto the top of backbone
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Daniel H.   [Sep 13, 2000]

guadalasca is great for an easy climb, it is at the end of the main fireroad, be sure that you take a left onto wood canyon instead of a right.
Have fun

Customer Service

Not easy to get lost, so have fun

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Chris   [Jan 17, 2001]

The Overlook trail (which branches left off of the main trailhead) is a long sustained climb up the fire/service road that hugs the hillside, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your lung power. There are a couple of level sections to catch your breath and take in spectacular views of the Pacific at cloud-top level. During your climb up, be aware of other riders coming DH fast! When you hit the plateau section at the top, continue to wind along the hillside until you see a large white water tank. Keep going past it but be on the look-out for Backbone trail to your right. It is marked by a 4 foot brown vertical post and a triangular "share-the-trail" sign. The singletrack starts level in the sagebrush but quickly turns into a fast DH section with plenty of twists and sharp rocks to make things interesting for most riders. Difficulty depends upon your speed on the descent, how good your tires are, and how well your helmet fits! At the end of the trail, turn right to rejoin the main trail head which takes you back to the campground where you started. The loop makes for a great workout that is do-able doing your lunchbreak, total time: about 1 hr 30 mins. These trails are heavily travelled, watch out for hikers, horses, and rattlesnakes. Water and toilet facilities are on the main trail head. HINT: Park along PCH just before the park entrance and go through the end of the chain link fence (the path is obvious) to avoid the 3$ park fee.

Customer Service

Take the main trail head from the campground then turn left onto Overlook trail. Climb up the fire road to the top until you pass the large water tank then look for a right turn onto a narrow singletrack section called Backbone.

Similar Products Used: The entire trail system is well marked. You can pay for a map from the park ranger or Michael's Bicycles in Newbury Park has free ones.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Jaime the Wiley Coyote   [Nov 05, 2001]

Trail is off the hook...however, plan to spend a few hours out there....views are and downhill singletrack with switchbacks are pretty awesome....

Customer Service

Went up Sycamore and down Guadalasca...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Mike   [Jan 12, 2002]

This is a great intermediate ride, not for beginners, almost got divorced after the first time I took my wife on this. She didn't like the downhill singletrack, or the 5 mile climb at the beginning, or the 38mph downhill ride after the 2nd water tower. Watch out for rattlesnakes during the summer, and out of control downhillers( I was knocked off my bike once) the rest of the time. Take lots of water, views out some of the best.

Customer Service

Go throught the campground and hang a left @ Overlook trail, 5 mile grind up hill to the water tower, then to gualalasca trail which after a short climb then becomes a great singletrack down hill at the "T" go left on Ranch Center road, which climbs easily as a double track for a couble of miles. You'll pass an old ranch house and climb an asphalt road for .5 miles, there's a water tower at the top where you can decide to do a short single track down to the main road or turn left and follow the road down to the main road about 2 miles, then out to the main entrance.

Similar Products Used: Reverse the above trail for more fun
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Bonercoaster   [Feb 27, 2002]

This is perhaps the best bike trail in all of the Santa Monica mountains. Good warm up, great singletrack, and the climbing is spread out over the full 18 miles. Why anyone would want to take Hell Hill and bypass the Guadalasco switchbacks is beyond me - Hell Hill is so durn *boring*. The best time to ride this trail is late spring/early summer - it's like riding through a flower garden. I've surprised deer, coyotes, snakes, rabbits, quail, roadrunners, and even watched a swarm of (killer?) bees fly by on their way to another nest site (sounded like a freakin' bomber flying overhead). Sure, it's crowded on weekends, and it's over an hour from most of LA, but it's so worth it. If you live in Oxnard or Malibu, this is even in range for after-work rides during the summer. Everyone is polite here - even the horseback riders! PLEASE stop and let them pass, and ask permission to pass them...always do it slowly if not on foot. They're as nice to you as you are to them, since MTB'ers are on the low end of the totem pole. 5 chilis for great terrain and a fair amount of technical skills required (by no means advanced...those not conditioned will just spend more time resting).

Customer Service

Start at PCH, ride up the canyon fire road for 5 miles (stay RIGHT at the Y at 3 miles). At 4-way junction (ranch center dirt fire road), turn left, go 100 yards and look right for "trail" marker for fun singletrack ascent to ranch center paved road. Turn left and ride to water tank, then down paved road REEEEAALLLY fast (watch for the hairpin left or you'll eat sage and prickly pear). This joins with Wood Canyon (duo-track). Ride this about a mile and a half to the GUADALASCO (correct spelling, sorry...I'm anal about that stuff) junction. Turn right and begin your singletrack climb for ~4 miles. Top out at Overlook trail fire road for one last grunt to the old fencepost where on a good, clear winter day you can see all the way up the coast North, and well south as well. Now put 'er in the big ring and blaze down overlook for about a mile or so to a many-trail junction (Hell Hill tops out here, on the left). Pass the Hell Hill junction and turn left at the next singletrack. This is Backbone, and what you've worked for the past 13 miles. Enjoy it, as it takes you a little over a mile back to the canyon floor for a nice fast cool-down back to PCH. About 18 miles all told.

Similar Products Used: Lots of options here - where Hell Hill tops out, you can turn right and ride on the grassy plateau under the Pt Mugu satellite dishes...or continue on the Overlook trail for more fireroad.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Craig   [May 21, 2002]

Very good endurance ride with great views. Good, sustained climbing and fast singletrack. This route is 23.5 miles and takes me-on a good day- 1 hour and 55 minutes. Pace yourself a little for the final climb out of the canyon-it's steep. The area is always crowded on the weekends, so please be respectful of others. One of my favorite rides.

Customer Service

Ok, this route starts on the Newbury Park side. Park at Wendy and Lynn. Take the heavily used singletrack to the paved road-not sure if it's called Big Sycamore at this point, but it turns into it shortly. Hang a left. Go down the steep hill and continue on the fire road for about 8 miles to Overlook Trail.(Don't go towards Ranch Center at the Y-stay to the left.)Turn right at Overlook Trail and climb, then climb a little more. The climb is a little tough, but very doable. The views are great. Continue on Overlook past the junction with Wood Canyon/ Backbone. Overlook will turn into Guadalasca Trail. After the junction with Backbone, you'll do a little climbing before coming to the top of Guadalasca. Take the sigletrack down. It's moderately technical and fast-watch out for others. There are several swithchbacks. At the bottom, turn left on Wood Canyon. This is a moderate climb to Ranch Center. Take the paved road to the right. It's a steep climb for a bit then levels off and turns into a fast paved decent. You can top 45 mph here. This will get you back to Big Sycamore. Turn left on Big Sycamore and go up the steep climb. Continue past the climb to the Wendy Trail. Turn right on the Wendy Trail and take to the trail head.

Similar Products Used: Los Robles, Chesboro Canyon
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Kevin Brubaker   [Aug 21, 2002]

being from texas, we're not used to climbing like this...at least for extended distances. i took the outlook trial right off the bat, climbing up over 1200 ft. on the fire road. it's a nice climb with good pacing and great views. not technical at all...just pedal, breathe, and look at the scenery. after riding on the saddle (mostly flat), you get to the guadalasca trial up on the mountain. this is where it gets really fun. at this point, it's all gravy. switchbacks with a moderately techincal decent is what i'd call it. it's not so twisty that you can't get speed but you need to pick your line carefully. once down, shift into the 3rd ring and hammer back to the park entrance on the canyon trail. it's flat (with a slight downward feel) and flows really nicely at high speed. coming around a corner, i almost ran into a rabbit and a coyote at the same time. this place feels "natural" and i was amazed that being so close to l.a., i felt like i was away from it all. nice ride.
one other note...i'm riding this route backwards next time...you'll get a good couple of miles to warm up on the canyon trial before you get to the guadalasca trailhead and then it's a somewhat technical climb with a carefree, highspeed, no-brainer scream to the bottom.

Customer Service

thinking this trial was in malibu, i thought i'd gone too far when i left the city limits going north on the pch and hadn't seen the park entrance. it's actually about 10 minutes outside the city limits but it's well marked once you get close. very helpful staff and informative trail maps. cheap parking (3$) and a buck for a map.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Showing 1-10 of 11  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.