Sycamore Canyon Park - TRAIL

Sycamore Canyon Park - Trail, Riverside, California

There are nearly infinite variations on how to ride this park. Trails are mostly singletrack with a few fireroads. There is plenty of climbing for you XC guys, and the decents are plentiful and way to much fun! Most people can put together 15-20 mile rides with very little if any trail overlap.

User Reviews (19)

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Zachariah   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2013]

This is mainly an XC type trail - meaning for all that smooth rolling singletrack, there is a climbing price to pay. The climbs are short, but brutally steep. And, there is LOTS of them too. Bring all the water you can carry, if doing the full, 17-mile tour, because you will drink all of it and then some!

Don't even think about riding this in the hot summer months, as there is literally zero shade on this entire network; your rotting corpse will not be found until November.

Customer Service

Park Central Avenue trailhead and take Farside all the way along the Eastern perimeter, past the Pepsi plant, Ralph's Distribution Center, etc. Explore "mini Moab boulders and follow along the telephone poles(DH) and hang left behind Canyon Crest back yards. Climb another hill and go east towards boundry fire road and north center all the way back up to your car.

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4
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4
David Lee Rider   Weekend Warrior [Jan 29, 2013]

Wow just rode this for the first time and I must say it has something for everyone. Awesome single track, nice sweeping fire roads, killer rock drop-offs, and great switch backs. It was great to see other riders (very friendly) having a great time and there is plenty of room for everyone. You can see trails for miles and I was salivating at what this place had to offer. I will be making it a regular ride.

Similar Products Used: Bogart Park
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5
VALUE
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3
Supersinglespeeder   Racer [Dec 27, 2007]

Shoot the last review was in 2004, this is a great set of trails, perfect for Singlspeeding I ride here multiple time per week 99% of the time singlspeeding. Great for newbies certain sections but also for experienced riders. You have downhills, singletrack and great climbing.

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5
VALUE
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4
dru   Cross Country Rider [Dec 15, 2007]

For a local So.Cal trail these trails are fun. Enough climb for XC guys like myself, nice rolling single tracks, and fast desends... although no shade what so ever, so its very hot during the summer seasons. There are some constructions on the east side of the trail where Alessandro is so it cut out a good number of single tracks.... Hopefully construction wont expand.

Customer Service

Always start at Central (at the bottom). The climb u will have to deal with first is a good warm up for later single tracks and fast desends (along the telephone poles)

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3
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3
ToddW   Weekend Warrior [Nov 27, 2004]

I rode here for the first time today. I parked at #2 (on Central) and rode along the east boundry toward the south end of the park all the way to the gas station. I was out by my self so I don't know any of the trails by name. I fond a nice trail on my way back that was rolling in the bottom of a canyon. It had some rock drops from a few inches to one that is 5 or 6 feet. As I started to head back toward the trail I came in on I came to a stream crossing with a big gas pipe across it. I figured I better leave that one for a day when I have someone there to haul me out. At the end of my ride I came out a little west of the parking area and dropped into some appartments or condos. I found my way through there and hit Central back to the parking area. In all a good afterwork or short day ride. My loop was about 10 miles total. It's a good place for XC or freeriding but it didn't look like a good place to shuttle for downhill runs.

Customer Service

I liked starting from Central so the majority of the first half of your ride is uphill. That leaves more downhill for on the way back.

Similar Products Used: Box Springs "M" trail
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4
VALUE
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4
FireHawk   Weekend Warrior [Oct 31, 2004]

Great single track trails. Even after all the rain that we have had in SoCal the trails ride well. Great place to learn and ride. I will again ride at Sycamore Canyon.

Customer Service

Any

Similar Products Used: Just moved to SoCal.
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4
VALUE
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3
Rex Marx   Weekend Warrior [Sep 14, 2004]

This trail has a lot to offer and is continuing to be improved with new lines and manmade stunts. I started riding this trail in 2002 and thought that “Little Moab” was very difficult (to get to “Little Moab” start at corner of Allesandro and the 215 and go behind the service station then behind the new Mini Storage. The start of the “Little Moab” trail is close to the North East corner of the Mini Storage). Now “Little Moab” is a lot easier for me and I have moved on to the stunts along Allesandro. Also, you can find a lot of good hidden lines above Little Moab. However, Sycamore Canyon is all about Cross Country ridding. It is not a destination trail, but it is a great place to ride after work.

Customer Service

I like to start at the Allesandro / 215 corner and ride in through little Moab then take a left after the creek (in the natural rock drainage). At the fire road, take a left and re-cross the creek and turn right about 25 yards from the creek then again left about 15 yards in and follow the single track to the top of the ridge then follow right. Keep following the trail out towards Canyon Crest for then follow down Canyon Crest for the longest and best downhill in the park (Smooth, easy, but FUN). At the bottom, follow the road and turn right at the light then back into the park and around to Little Moab.

Similar Products Used: SART, M-Trail
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3
VALUE
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3
Stark   Weekend Warrior [Feb 17, 2004]

Sycamore Cyn is the center of the MTB world in Riverside. Overall, it's the best place I've been for XC. There are good trails for beginners and good trails for guys like Chris (see below) who do Red Bull Rampage sort of stuff. There are just loads of trails to ride, it's free, and right in the middle of civilization. I just wish they would stop building on all the trails not officially in the park limits (up by the chevron on alessandro). If you see a kangaroo rat hopping around, thank him for keeping the whole place from turning into more houses.

Customer Service

To learn all the different trails and combos, try weekend rides with the guys from teamdirtywork.com. check out the map at: http://www.mybikesite.com/socal/trails/sycamor.htm#map Highlights include: - the long grind up Far Side (start at Central Ave SE uphill to overlook) - flood control (from overlook due south) - the drop through the stinging nettles (continued south) to great single track - the arroyo trail and the little wooden bridge crossing (watch your head) - X-trail singletrack along the top of the park (start heading west/NW) - cutoff to the rock section known as "mini-moab" (half way to water treatment plant on X-Trail, turn north/NW) - after surviving mini-moab, continue on the fire road west up the hills and down the hills, and back up the hills until you're along Canyon Crest Dr. - Head due north down RRR, one of the most fun XC singletracks around. RRR ends at a neighborhood. take canyon crest drive and central back to the start. If you do the loop backwards you can add Terry's wall after riding up RRR.

Similar Products Used: Any where the uphill is easier than the downhill.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
markj1   Cross Country Rider [Sep 25, 2003]

Sycamore Canyon is an excellent place to go for XC riding. All trails are connected to each other, which provides for a huge number of route and length variations. Every ride here requires at least some climbing and it can be pretty hot and sun exposed, so I wouldn't recommend this area to a raw beginner. There is a good mix of singletrack (~60%) and fireroad (~40%), all of which is generally pretty hardpacked and in good shape.

Customer Service

1) From the Central Ave. trailhead are the Farside trail, which starts parallel to the road, and middle sycamore trail, which rides directly away from the road. Both are respectable climbs which join other trails within the park. 2) The RRR trail parallels Canyon Crest Dr. on the hill south of Central Ave. It's a steady climb or a fun quck descent of about 2 miles. Trailheads are available at the bottom off Via Mindi, or through a gate off Canyon Crest at the top. This trail is a fun start or finish to rides since RRR joins an E-W fire road that connects with most of the rest of the trails in the park.

Similar Products Used: Box Springs Mountain
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5
VALUE
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4
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Jul 29, 2003]

DUDE! You guys gotta come check this place out. Me and a couple of friends have just built another north shore stylee drop that is about 6 feet. We also built a sweet 15 foot teetertoter. That thing took alot of hard work so get ur asses out there and ride it. Email me if u have any questions. Seea out there!

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5
VALUE
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3
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