Guidebook

The Best Singletrack MTB Gems near Los Angeles, CA

Uncover a wealth of singletrack mountain biking gems hidden in the hills and mountains surrounding the megalopolis of Los Angeles, California.

Description

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis filled with cars, buildings, and strip malls for miles. With a population of 18.7 million people in the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area, most outsiders wouldn’t even dream of coming to Los Angeles to mountain bike. But the millions of adventurous people that live here know that despite being such a massive megalopolis, LA has easy access to incredible singletrack trails right on its doorstep!

Los Angeles is confined to a relatively limited geographical area by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the San Gabriel Mountains on the other. The San Gabriels soar to heights over 10,000 feet, rising dramatically from the edge of the city. Most of this mountain range is protected by the Angeles National Forest, the most visited national forest in the United States. The mountain biking opportunities in the Angeles National Forest are abundant! Even closer to home for the locals, the greater LA area—especially Orange County—has a surprising number of fantastic suburban parks chock full of trails for shorter outings.

The origin of mountain biking in Marin County just north of San Francisco combined with the hub of business and culture that is Los Angeles has led to Southern California becoming the de facto headquarters of the mountain bike industry. While the Front Range of Colorado is making a bid as the new industry HQ, the influence of the mountain bike industry on the Southern California scene is strong. The trails teem with riders, races of all types continue to proliferate, and shops and businesses support the continuation of the sport.

While perhaps you might not travel to Los Angeles specifically to mountain bike, if you happen to live in LA or visit with your bike, this guidebook will help you uncover the true mountain biking gems in the region.

Mount Lowe
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Lowe

Los Angeles
15.5 km
237 m
1,390 m
The LA Area's premiere shuttle run!
Severe
Private
El Prieto

El Prieto

Los Angeles
12.6 km
431 m
431 m
One of the most popular loops up into the mountains for Los Angeles-area mountain bikers.
Difficult
Private
Mount Wilson
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Wilson

Los Angeles
11.4 km
64 m
1,466 m
A steep, technical shuttle run down Mount Wilson of epic proportions.
Severe
Private
Aliso Creek and Woods Canyon
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aliso Creek and Woods Canyon

Los Angeles
24.0 km
720 m
720 m
A long-standing trail system in Laguna Beach that harbors singletrack ranging from smooth to ultra-rocky.
Severe
Private
The Luge

The Luge

Los Angeles
12.2 km
430 m
435 m
An iconic flow trail that predates the advent of the modern flow trail.
Moderate
Private
San Juan Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

San Juan Trail

Los Angeles
34.4 km
1,115 m
1,115 m
Arguably Southern California's most iconic mountain bike ride.
Difficult
Private
Turnbull Canyon
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Turnbull Canyon

Los Angeles
22.6 km
791 m
792 m
Flowy singletrack in the heart of suburban Los Angeles.
Moderate
Private
Whiting Ranch
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Whiting Ranch

Los Angeles
9.9 km
222 m
222 m
An expansive open space offering connections to other nearby trails.
Moderate
Private
Strawberry Peak -> Gabrielino Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Strawberry Peak -> Gabrielino Trail

Los Angeles
40.0 km
1,069 m
1,826 m
An epic point-to-point route combination with a net elevation loss.
Severe
Private
Chilao / Silver Moccasin Figure-8
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chilao / Silver Moccasin Figure-8

Los Angeles
23.6 km
754 m
754 m
A high altitude figure-8 ride high in the San Gabriels.
Difficult
Private
Mount Lowe -> Idlehour
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Lowe -> Idlehour

Los Angeles
19.4 km
465 m
1,621 m
A remote, rugged option off of the classic Mount Lowe shuttle run.
Severe
Private
Santiago Oaks
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Santiago Oaks

Los Angeles
16.3 km
563 m
562 m
One of the most popular mountain bike trail systems in Orange County.
Difficult
Private
Strawberry Peak Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Strawberry Peak Loop

Los Angeles
25.3 km
944 m
944 m
A visually-stunning loop around the highest peak on the San Gabriel front range.
Difficult
Private