Tapia Canyon - TRAIL

Tapia Canyon - Trail, Santa Clarita, California

This is a nice trail for beginners to intermediate level riders. We usually take the fire road going up then once on top, you have 2 choices on which single track to go down to then this will merge into a creekbed. You can take the fire road back again to take the other single track down. It's fun. You can ride a total of 12 to 15 miles when you do both single tracks.

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z400jt   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2014]

The first two miles are easy rolling fire road that is a great warm-up. Turn right after the fenced in meadow and the climb begins. It's a rollercoaster of a climb going up and down for the next two miles, nothing technically difficult but can be a tough workout if you want it to be or an easy spin if you'd like. From the towers there are all sorts of trails.

To the north and you can ride back on Sidewinder and G-out, to the south you'll find Kona and Dog-Tag. I'm sure there's even more that I don't know about too. The singletrack varies from fast and flowy to tight and technical, there's a good mix of it all depending on the trail you take.

Customer Service

Please don't ride up the singletrack. There are lots of blind corners on the way down and riding up the singletrack (especially with headphones) creates some very unsafe situations.

I ride the Tapia Canyon fireroad to the towers then usually head south. About 100 yards after the towers you'll crest a small hill and off the the left is the start of Kona. Follow the trail and it eventually merges with Dog Tag into a creekbed (my favorite part). At the bottom you can stay to the left and follow a fun singletrack parallel to the fire road or drop out the right back to the fireroad.

There are numerous other ways to ride this area and if you keep your eyes open you'll find all kinds of drops, jumps, and tight technical sections hidden off to the sides of the road.

Similar Products Used: G-Out, Dog-Tag, Sidewinder, and so many more that don't have names.
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tkrrox   Weekend Warrior [May 09, 2013]

charlie and tapia canyon are cool areas...i have lived in castaic for over 20yrs. i am a mountain biker and dirtbiker...the guys i ride with actually cut a lot of these trails and own property in that area...i grew up riding my dirtbike through these areas, but lately with the popularity of mountain biking on these trails...i have been getting the police called out on me repeatedly and even have mountain bikers flipping me off and yelling because i am riding the trails i've been riding for years. (i have signed consent for landowners) here is the deal how would you like it if the horse riders or hikers decided to use these trails and called the cops, flipping you off, yelling at you, and ultimately forcing you not to enjoy the area anymore? this is an awesome area and saddens me i get hassled trying to enjoy it like everyone else...

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4
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ryan1584   Cross Country Rider [Mar 28, 2013]

Awesome trail - fireroad climb, nice flowy singletrack down. Do it twice and its a solid 12 miles, 2000 ft of climbing.

Customer Service

I parked at the Caustic Regional Sports Complex and rode past the jail to get to the trailhead. There was a dude parked right at the trailhead, not sure what the deal with that was. Its private property so probably best to keep the owner happy. I took the fireroad up and there are 3 singletrack trails that run together, I took the middle one, it was a blast. Will be returning to this place.

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5
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Keith   Cross Country Rider [Jan 13, 2013]

I love Kona trail for it's speed and smoothness.
Check out my aerial video of Carls Trail (bottom end of Kona) using my RC Hexacopter and Gopro camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umj0tXz1hzc

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hetsekr   Weekend Warrior [Dec 29, 2012]

Fire road up, flowy single track down. Don't pedal up the single track if there are any cars parked before you get there or on weekends as there will be riders coming down and there are blind turns.

This is Private Property, so be kind, respect the neighbors, pack out what you take. You will find, on occasion, hikers, runners and horses. Use correct trail etiquette. We don't want to lose the privilege of using the area.

It gets hot in the summer, so mid-day rides are to be avoided, always bring lots of water.

Customer Service

Fire road up, single track down. Repeat. If your a beginner, I recommend the fire road to past the gate to the "y" and Karl's trail down. That will give you a taste of the area. From the top at the towers there are several options for single track back. In order of difficulty from least to most (IMHO) are Karl's, Kona, Burn Victim, Dog Tag and G-Out. If you take G-Out, you'll either have to climb back up to the "meadow" or take Charlie Canyon out.

Please remember: this area is PRIVATE PROPERTY. We only get to ride there by the generosity of the land owners.

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3
Stubb   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2012]

Not a review
What if I wanted to start from copper hill and make my way up on bike?
I live just below all this and it would be nice to not have to auto my way up.
Thanks

Customer Service

Please let me know

Similar Products Used: Towsley canyon
Brutal uphill, lots of walkers
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5
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3
akaktm   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2012]

Tapia is a trail network on private land that offers many different options and a variety of trail types. You'll find fire roads, creek-bed single tracks, open single tracks, and some cool and crazy routes deep down in sandy canyons. With more than 20 - 25 miles of trail options, there's plenty to keep you busy for a couple of days exploring and there are several different ways to combine the routes to keep things interesting.

You will not find any killer climbs or highly technical trails at Tapia. Though even experts will enjoy some of the trails, most of the routes are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. The most common routes run around 8 - 12 miles if you start from the Sports Complex just off the 5 freeway. I usually ride 12 - 15 miles by looping together different loops at the top.

You'll almost always see other riders there and it can become quite crowded on weekends. I strongly recommend climbing only the fire roads on weekends to avoid potential collisions. Tapia is also not good after a rain. Wait for at least two days after a rain to ride there. Some cool trails you'll find are: Kona (nice, flawy creek bed down), Burn Victim (steeper and somewhat rutted short downhill), Dog Tag and Upper Dog Tag (tight and somewhat flowy trail with good variety in only 3 miles), G-out (crazy bottom of canyon roller coaster), Junk Yard (hardest climb), Karl's (super flow 1 mile XC section), etc.

Customer Service

Up fire road past locked gate. Ride all the way up to the 'towers' at the top. Turn left (North) and head down under the towers out to 4-play and down G-out. Take a left at the bottom of G-out and climb back to the towers. Head back down either Kona or Dog Tag to Kona and out Karl's back the way you came in. That'll be good for about 15 miles and around 2500ft.

Similar Products Used: See above. Also Castaic XC, Towsley, Viper, Colossas.
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Ray   Weekend Warrior [Mar 09, 2011]

Great warm up entrance for fist couple miles. once at top, single tracks are clean and full of fun whoops and humps to keep you alert and on your pedals. select from 1 of three if I'm not mistaken. exit lets you ride back via single track.. a wonderfull way to cool off and have one last bit of fun.

Similar Products Used: Townsley Canyon loop
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4
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3
Goodshow Industries   Cross Country Rider [Mar 15, 2008]

Directions on how to get to the trail head. Take 5 north and exit Parker Rd. then make a right. At the intersection by the Shell gas station, make a right. Up on the road, on the right, is the Castaic Sports Complex, this is where you can park. Once you are parked, follow the road until you hit a T-Road. Turn right and the next corner, make a left, now you are on Tapia Canyon Road. You will see parked trailer homes on the left and some horseback riding area on the right. Keep going up the road until it becomes a fire road. From that point, you can continue on up the fire road until you hit the first plateau. Hang a right continue up until you see a Y-Road, keep left going up until you reach the top with the 2 huge power line posts. From that point, you will see 2 single track trails one on the left and one on the right. There are no signs but you will notice the single trails. I hope this helps.

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3
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3
Goodshow Industries   Weekend Warrior [Feb 26, 2008]

This is a nice trail.

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3
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