Toro Park - TRAIL

Toro Park - Trail, Salinas, California

Large state park area with a large variety of trails, but understand that you will be doing a lot of climbing before you venture in. Take the main road up to the upper parking lot and follow the "mountain bikers" sign to the fire road at end of the parking lot. Some trails are off limits to mountain bikes - ride them at your own risk. The main loop in the park includes "1800" which is a HUGE climb up from sea level to 1800 feet, and dominates a large portion of the main loop. In order to stay on the main loop, you will need to go left at the "T" in the main trail as you head up. There are several smaller loops off of the main trail - most worth experiencing. Another less travelled loop is the Black Mountain trail which includes a large portion of single track and is accessable from the peak of the "1800" trail. Decents (throughout the park in general) are steep and are technical from the standpoint of having to bunny-hop or ride through many water bars added by the park staff to prevent run-off problems and erosion. My arms were sore for several days after my last ride in there from all of the pulling and pushing on the bike. If you are a fairly experienced rider, in decent shape and want a different experience than what Fort Ord has to offer (across the street) Toro Park will give you a butt busting workout. Give it a try!

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Dave Black   Cross Country Rider [Jun 08, 2014]

Great work out to the top and all the excitement going down.

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Damian   Downhiller [Dec 16, 2012]

Nice terrain... Be prepared to climb a long way up... Downhill are worth it.. Be careful :)

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Whatever Your willing to ride :) Pipeline Trail is awesome

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Paul   Weekend Warrior [Dec 01, 2007]

Seeing this place is so close to Fort Ord, it was a complete waste of time. The up hills weren't too bad, but the countless water breaks kill the entire decent, which you would think would be the pay-off. I understand that water breaks need to be used to prevent trail errosion, but these were not only poorly built (way too big for the need) but also overly excessive in number.

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Fort ord is better, but I'm not from around here, so there may be better trails that aren't too far. Don't bother asking anyone at the bike shops in Monterey though. They know as much about mountain biking as a five year old.

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