Gearing up for a day of cycling is a popular outdoor activity in Los Angeles especially in the northern mountains and hills of the city. A helmet, sunglasses, gloves, a bike with good tires and a back pack with bottled water are some of the essentials when preparing for a day of brisk mountain biking. Cycling is popular with people who enjoy bike riding combined with a love for dirt roads and upward climbs. The valley, inland empire and Hollywood are the gateways to L.A.’s mountains and hills ideal for cyclists to travel up for a day ride, and there are special locations in these areas where mountain bikers can ride on single trails and in wide open spaces. These locations are set on off roads and fire roads where bikers can gear up and perfect their biking skills surrounded by natural terrain. Here are several of the best mountain biking spots to visit in the city of Los Angeles.
Backbone Trail System
Topanga State Park Trailhead
20825 Entrada Road
Topanga, CA 90290
The Topanga State Park offers an extensive area with specialty trails for biking. Riders share the trails with hikers, but there’s plenty of room to ride free here. Fire roads are the designated areas where bikers have access to ride. This extensive park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains and offers magnificent views of the natural settings while enjoying a day of biking. The trails extend through the Santa Monica Mountains around to a back trail in the Malibu area, and there are several downward slopes and steep climbing areas along the trails to have some good fun on your ride.
Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park
17500 Mulholland Drive
Encino, CA 90049
Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park stretches over 1500 acres of wide open space with magnificent canyons and hills ideal available for outdoor biking. Single tracks run alongside fire roads and there are some steep trails for bikers to climb. Located in the eastern section of the Santa Monica Mountains, this natural park features The Westridge fire road which is popular with mountain bikers. The park can be accessed from both the valley and the heart of L.A.
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Kenneth Hahn Park
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90056
Located in Baldwin Hills in the city of L.A., Kenneth Hahn Park stretches 5 miles with specialty trails in the hills that connect to the park popular among both bikers and hikers. The trails at this park are short basic single trails and are simple to ride. It is a good space for basic practice while enjoying the view of the city of Los Angeles.
Mt. Lowe From Eaton Saddle
Angeles National Forest
Located in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena, the trail that extends from Mt. Lowe is accessed at Eaton Saddle. This area is broad in its landscape with downward and upward slopes for great biking. Some parts of this area are rugged with rocky single tracks that merge into fire roads. The path along the trails consist of a 2500 foot climb up steep fire roads arriving at the looped trails at Mt. Lowe. There is a majestic view of the city of Los Angeles with technical roads to enjoy while biking on the trails here.
Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
Santa Monica Mountains
West Hills, CA 91307
This trail, which is located near Knapp Ranch Park in the hills of western San Fernando Valley, offers 2650 acres of open space and a great 12.7 mile lollipop loop for mountain biking. There are several trails available with for biking though. One of the key access points is the Victory Trailhead.