Don Benitos Trail in Sierra Madre - TRAIL

Don Benitos Trail in Sierra Madre - Trail, Sierra Madre, California

To start our 7 mile trail only trip to Sierra Madre, Descend the Wintercreek trail, you'll quickly notice how beautiful this ride will be. Once you locate the signed Mt. Wilson trail to Sierra Madre (Notice it will appear as a blank trail sign, visible only to uphill climbers) turn right and down! The flavor of this trail is evident now. Very technical, exposed, steep highly historic and fun. *** Please observe a lower than 10 mph speed limit on your descent, due to this trail being very popular w/ hikers. Kindly dismount to pass hikers especially the elderly. **** If you look down, you should figure out by now, if you make a careless mistake it will be a long fall down. Notice the green forest as you ride under the canopy of huge pine trees. It's a great woodsy feeling. On two water falls you'll need to climb down a huge boulder to get across. It's a work of beauty aint it. Half way down this steep mountain trail you'll pass by the ruins of Orchard Camp. In the late 1870's this was a popular resort which featured meals and orchestra dancing. As you work your way to Firstwater junction, the trail gets a bit steeper and more technical. No sweat you just need to fly over rocks. You do have full suspension do you??? As the ride ends w/ a great picture of Santa Anita Race track below you'll find yourself at Mt. Wilson Trail Road. Turn left to Sierra Madre Blvd and right to New York Drive. Right on New York Drive and right on Crescent and Pinecrest to where your car is. It's an awesome ride. You just have to be careful.

User Reviews (6)

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Charles   [Feb 14, 1999]

It is just awesome. I love this trail.

Customer Service

Author Correction! The ride back to your car from Sierra Madre is Turn right on Mount WIlson trail. Left on Baldwin Ave. Right on Sierra Madre Blvd. Right On New York Dr. Right on Altadena Dr. Right on Crescent Dr. and right on Pinecrest. Sorry for the mistake. I live in the area too!

Similar Products Used: Rim Trail. Sturtevant Trail. Gabrielino Trail. Winter Creek Trail. El Prieto Canyon. La Tuna Canyon. Monrovia Fire road. Once you climb to Mount Wilson there are too many descent options from plain and boring fire roads to climax inducing trails. ;)
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Charles   [Feb 20, 1999]

.25 miles away from Orchard Camp, the trail drops steeply into a canyon where the vegetation is extremely green and heavily wooded. As I climbed out of the canyon and just looking at the awesome work of nature, I noticed a group of 4 cyclist who where doing a shuttle from Mt. Wilson were coming along. A few seconds later, I was shocked in horror to see a rider 100 feet above, fall straight down and crash in the rocky canyon below. (no helmet)

I just could not believe the ride leader was irresponsible enough not to press on for helmets for his group.

Customer Service

*** This is not a Beginner Trail. The trail is narrow and exposed ( you can fall for a long time )in its entirety to it's end in the City of Sierra Madre ***

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Gene Lopez   [Nov 05, 1999]

Charles might like this trail because it is really technical, very steep, and has some beautiful views. This is one trail, however, that should be left for the hikers. I know it by the name of mt. wilson trail. Once a year on memorial weekend about 350-400 runners race up to orchard camp turn-around and run back down to Sierra Madre. In some places the trail is so narrow and steep there may not be room for a bicycle, rider and a hiker. Someone will get hurt. There are too many other great roads and trails in the San Gabriels to have someone get hurt on this one.

Customer Service

Leave this trail for the hikers.

Similar Products Used: Red Box/Rincon road, Silver Moccasin loop, Monrovia canyon to Mt.Bliss and many more.
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Charles   [Nov 06, 1999]

Gene Lopez wrote " In some sections of the trail, there may not be enough room for the bicycle rider and hiker "

This is what I say. *** PLS ALWAYS PULL OVER AHEAD OF TIME AND LET UPHILL HIKERS PASS. BEFORE PASSING, GET PERMISSION FROM THE HIKER and pass when they have pulled over *** Sections of this trail was widened after 1996!

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Same

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I ride, whats he do?   [Apr 13, 2001]

Its was never further mentioned after the false title
because it is incorrect, and its a shame cuz this is a good ride that nobody will identify with cuz some
goofball made up his own name for it....

Customer Service

where did Don Benitos come from?
that name has nothing to do with this trail !!
the directions are correct, even the names
Mt. Wilson trail/ fireroad and Wintercreek are correct, but dont look for any sign baring Dons name

Similar Products Used: i wish the MTBR people would screen this crap
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Charles   [Feb 04, 2002]

During the late 1800's, up to the change of the century Benjamin Wilson, known as "Don Benito" to his Spanish Friends improved the an old Indian Trail to the Peak that now bears his name. For many years, before the Mt.Wilson Toll Road was created, this was the only pathway to Mt.Wilson. I guess I just wanted to honor the man, thus I called it "Don Benito's Trail".

Customer Service

The Official name of this trail is "Mt.Wilson Trail"

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