|Del Cerro Park - Palos Verdes Trailhead - Monday, May 20, 2013|
|Del Cerro Park - Palos Verdes - Los Angeles County|
You can take Crenshaw Blvd. South from the 405. Del Cerro is at the end of Crenshaw. Park in the small lot or on the dead-end street by the fire road gate.
An alternate route would be to take the 110 fwy. South and exit at PCH. Head West on PCH. At crenshaw go south and follow it up the hill to the Park/Fire road. Thomas Guide page 823 B3
The single tracks are a little soggy this week from a few spotty rain storms. The fire road is a good bet while waiting for the trails to dry out. Driving to / from the 405 Fwy, I like stop off for a pre/post ride acai energy bowl or smoothie (NE corner Sepulveda/Crenshaw) to keep from bonking.
Still one of my favorite rides. Miss riding up behind the water tower and upper slalom tho, since they closed this trail to MTBs.
Remember to yield to hikers and horses. Gets busy on the weekends
JekyllnRide a Weekend Warrior
Posted on 02/15/12
Huff and puff back to the top! - This is my second time riding in a little over two years and my first time riding this trail. Going down the trail there are many trails to choose from and a very scenic view. It's a fun ride going down although I didn't go all the way down cause I knew I had to ride all the way back up the fire road. As a newbee it can be a bit challenging to climb back up. There are no straight aways, it's either all down or all up. You will definately build up your stamina if you keep riding up the fire road. I think that if you go with some buddies someone can park on the bottom by the golf course and shuttle the bikes back up. It's a fun ride down with some killer views.
OnlyInYourHead a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Jamis Dakar XAM II from San Pedro
Posted on 08/02/11
Dell Cerro Trail Conditions - Trails are really good right now, watch out for ever increasing hiker participation and of course the horses (always stop for them to pass). Please only ride the rails authorized for bikers, maps are provided at the trail head. The Rangers are there patrolling to ensure compliance of all things including dogs on leads! This week the sunset views have been amazing on the rides back up.
speedy1 a 62 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Cannondale Jekyl
Posted on 11/15/10
Awesome - As of tonight the trails are in great condition. Be careful to stay on the mountain bike trails.
ericg1968 a 42 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Lakewood, CA
Posted on 11/01/10
Trail conditions - It's still there. Area is still shared by bikers, hikers and horse riders. Please observe the new trail markers as some sections are closed to mountain bikers.
neckbone a 42 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Yeti from So Cal
Posted on 10/15/10
Does anyone know if this trail still exist?
carlos73180 a 30 year old Weekend Warrior
Posted on 10/11/10
Trail Conditions - Following the rain over Thanksgiving the trails have got nicely packed and firm again. One or two spots are still a bit sandy but far better than they had become over the summers use. Take care out there as there seem to be more walkers on the trails lately, some of them wearing IPODs so they are oblivious to the sound of a bike coming.
Posted on 12/01/08
Ishibashi trail - This week of August 25th trail maintenance has been going on and the Ishibashi trail has been diverted to the North slightly and then meets back up with the old trail later, it seems shorter and does not have so many twists. Be careful in the new man made sections close to where it rejoins the old trail, the soil is very loose and deep. Many other additions are evident as well this week, more trail signs to persuade users not to use illegal trails plus a few more roped off areas at trail heads.
Posted on 08/28/08
Some trails such as the Ishbashi trail have become very deep and sandy needing caution as front tends to dig in and not turn. One of the disadvantages of restricting what trails can be used is that those that are used get well worn. Never the less its a great place to go and get exercise and take in the views. It gets extremely hot down in the lower trails and most riders prefer the early evenings. Please observe the trail signs Many don't and I think hikers and horse riders are very guilty here too. Recent posts and ropes added to restrict some trails have been pulled out by something big and strong and your guess is as good as mine as to what could do that. Volunteer trail maintenance is starting up again soon so be sure to check the PV or CORBA web sight and come and help.
Posted on 08/25/08
Daily Breeze Update - Portuguese Bend Reserve trails to reopen with limits
By Melissa Pamer, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/05/2008 12:10:38 AM PDT
After a four-month "timeout," some of Rancho Palos Verdes' most popular hiking, biking and equestrian trails will reopen Friday.
On Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously to again allow access to side trails in the 417-acre Portuguese Bend Reserve.
Though the reserve's main fire road has remained open, the area's web of steep, narrow trails was closed after concerns arose last year that overuse was degrading sensitive habitat.
With the reopening, trail users will find signs that designate where horse riders and cyclists are permitted. Hikers may use all trails, while equestrians and mountain bikers will have access to fewer areas than they did before the closure.
"It's going to be wonderful to be able to hike the area again," resident Al Sattler told the council. "It's too bad to have missed the spring wildflowers."
The park, formerly called Canyons Ecological Reserve, was acquired by the city in 2005. Long enjoyed by nature lovers on foot, on horseback or behind handlebars, the area has been the subject of contention in the city since 2006, when a citizen committee began work on a plan that determined how trails would be used.
Members of the Public Use Master Plan Committee expressed concern last year that off-roading and mountain biking on trails were wearing too heavily on the reserve, which boasts magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy – the nonprofit that manages the reserve and other local open space areas - asked the council in November to temporarily end access to the trails. The closure went into effect Jan. 31.
At Tuesday's meeting, council members raised questions about whether the city and the Sheriff's Department, which patrols the area, have adequate resources to enforce newly designated trail uses and to limit mountain bikers' speed.
"We're just going to have to see how this works," Councilman Steve Wolowicz said.
speedy1 a 60 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Cannondale Jekyll from Rancho Palos Verdes
Posted on 06/05/08
Trails are now marked up so bikers can identify which ones to use and not use. Currently they are in pretty good condition although the high weeds can grab the bars in some spots if you are not careful. The snakes are out as well so be cautious.
speedy1 a 60 year old Weekend Warrior riding a cannondale Jeckle from RPV.
Posted on 06/01/08
Temporary Closure - According to Corba this trail is temporary closed off to everyone...
except the main fireroad....check out the website for more info...
Man!...I feel like a badlands run too!...missing that place already!!..
tekknics a 100 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Chumba Freeride / Norco Six DH from AD
Posted on 02/05/08
Trail Good....but closures soon! - All the trails are still fun..
cross country, drop offs, jumps, single track, etc..
I wouldn't recommend riding right after a good rain though...gets soft muddy clay like conditions..build up on your tires = no fun....
Hit this place before they start closing certain trails!!!..while you can...badlands and grand canyon specifically....theirs an old local PV lady thats pure evil and wants to close that entire hill to mountain bikers!....
tekknics a 100 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Norco Six Converted DH/FR, Chumba Free ride from Redondo Beach
Posted on 01/25/08
Your Presence is Urgently Needed Wednesday Nov. 7
PUMP Committee Vetoes Bike Ban
The PUMP committee has voted to drop the bike ban proposed by SUN'P (Map) and look for a long term trails use plan for Canyons Reserve (Portuguese Bend). The vote puts management of the reserve back in the hands of the land conservancy. The committee will now consider individual trails.
Come early to get a seat.
The next PUMP meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM Wednesday November 7 at RPV city hall (map). Your presence at these meetings is urgently needed. No need to rant, just calmly present your opinion in a respectful manner.
Posted on 11/06/07
Dissapointing - I hAVE BEEN TO THIS TRAIL TWICE & BOTH TIMES SOME HOMEOWNERS FROM ABOVE TRAIL STARTED THROWING ROCKS AS WE STARTED RIDING THE TRAIL FOR NO REASON 11/2006. wE HAVE NOT BEEN BACK SINCE.
NOT SUPRISED ITS CLOSING
a Weekend Warrior riding a TREK SPECIAL
Posted on 10/28/07
Riding To be Banned - Update
PUMP Committee votes to ban bikes from upper trails!
The PUMP committee has voted 8-4 to close all trails above the fire road (Burma Road) to bikes. This plan would eliminate entry from Crenshaw Blvd. (map) and allow bike on a few lower trail. The purported reason for this action is the continuing and immanent destruction of habitat by new trails made by cyclists.
Still feel you don't need to participate? Your presence at these meetings is urgently needed. No need to rant, just calmly present your opinion in a respectful manner.
Portuguese Bend TRAIL ALERT!
Trail uses to be decided (Map)
CORBA PV proposed trail map
Meeting Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:00 PM RPV City Hall
Attend or email your opinion to the PUMP committee at email@example.com Please don't send duplicate emails, make them original. Keep it positive! No need to rant, your views will be respected. Suggestions
Current Trail Status
email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates
► The city has formed a 16-member Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) committee to make recommendations for trail locations and uses in Rancho Palos Verdes. View trail maps
► The PUMP Committee will complete its trail use recommendations in November 2007.
► The final recommendations will then go to the Rancho Palos Verdes city council. They will hold a public meeting for comments and make a final decision. It all comes down to this meeting.
YOUR OPINION COUNTS! Attend a PUMP committee meeting.
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall - 30940 HAWTHORNE Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes (Map)
speedy1 a 59 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Cannondale from Ca
Posted on 10/27/07
Del Cerro - Take 405 to crenshaw and crenshaw west to the end.
1st time for dusty and won't be the last. A great great ride. A very scenic overveiw of Palos verdes and the pacific ocean and catalina island. this is a long downhill windy fire/service road with tons of great single track intersecting the switchbacks of the fire/service road. A decent amount of decent jumps so my 12" of travel came in handy. Some steep sections some narrow sections, some windy sections, some jumping sections, (It's no Kenter whoops but there are some good ones here). There were a ton of MTB'ers with full suspension high end bikes and matching outfits (must be all the money in the area)and a bunch of just pissed off old people walking there dogs adding Validity to the other posts about this very cool must do ride. The way back up to the top is able to be tackled but it is a good grunt back up. There is parking both top and bottom so if you are just into a lazy downhill bring 2 cars.
I RECOMMEND THIS SITE RIDE B4 IT'S GONE..
Dusty Joints a 37 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Intense M1 full tilt Oh ya with a Blower from Lost angeles
Posted on 11/06/05
Needs work! - The rain has left huge ruts in this beautiful trail. Anyone want to work on it?
Posted on 01/12/05
RPV Bans Mountain Bikes - RPV bans mountain bikes from many trails
Nick Green DAILY BREEZE. Daily Breeze. Torrance, Calif.: Dec 5, 2004. pg. A.3
Mountain bikers who use the 160-acre former quarry known as the Forrestal property in Rancho Palos Verdes will soon find themselves banned from more than half the hilly trails there that they currently enjoy.
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council made the surprise decision Saturday at the conclusion of an all-day workshop, attended at its peak by more than 100 people, that was held in part to determine trail usage on the tract.
The unanimous decision stunned local cyclists and staff of the nonprofit Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, which is managing the land for the city. About 45 meetings over the past three years have been held to carefully craft a plan for trail usage that balanced the competing concerns of hikers, conservationists, cyclists and equestrians.
Local members of the recently formed Palos Verdes chapter of the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association, quickly left the meeting before they could be asked for their reaction.
What's next, Big Bear...? URL: http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/lead/1126492.html
Posted on 12/14/04
Get Real - Most of the people that are building the jumps are the locals. What does it hurt to mound a little dirt, or to accentuate a natural obstacle. I live and ride here. I also hike, run, and take my dogs for walks here. I don't understand how people can complain about the jumps when they don't live here. I don't go into your backyard and tell you how to run it. The jumps are fun. I ride here at least once or twice a week, and I've never heard a local mtb'er complain about the jumps. The people that complain are the ones that want all mtb'ing eliminated. It has nothing to do with jumps; if we eliminated the jumps they'd find another reason to complain. The community doesn't have a problem with it, it's just a few over zealous enviromentalist. If you come here: pick up your trash and have respect. By the way, for the guy that said "hope you have fun building those jumps cause they're just gonna get torn down", most of the jumps have been there for years.
a 25 year old from Palos Verdes
Posted on 09/28/04
FIGHT THE KILLJOYS! - We live in the Sout Bay and love this ride as a Santa Monica Mountains alternative. Unfortunately, a group of residents are trying to close it to bike access. Support CORBA so they can keep this trail open for us. We approach this trail from PV drive, heading up the hill right across from Ocean Trails golf club. Drive up the hill to the barrier and park your car. By entering through the guardrail on the right side of the road, you will be launched on an intense uphill singletrack that puts you on top of the cliffs in no time. Follow it all the way around back down and over to the bottom of the Del Cerro Park fireroad. There are many ways up and down, try all the singletrack and you will find a favorite route.
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 10 miles Elevation change:
Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
a Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Blur from Hermosa Beach, CA URL: http://http://www.palosverdes.com/rpv/planning/content/WEBSITE_DESCRIPTION.htm
Posted on 05/01/04
Excellent - Wow it was just great. So many options.
Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
Akassault a 18 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek fuel 90 from Playa del Rey
Posted on 09/14/03
Del Cerro Park - Awesome!!!!! I rode this track twice back to back and it was even better the second time around. Great weather and awesome downhill. The trail is in great condition. Many thanks to the people who maintain it.
The single track was a little tough, but managable. The only bad thing about this trail was there was a lot of traffic for being a weekday...(hikers), but overall a blast.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Singletrack=10% Dirt Road=90%
Ehwang a 24 year old Weekend Warrior riding a GT from Irvine E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/23/03
Great Southbay Ride - If you live in the South bay and want to go mountain biking after work or don't feel like driving 25+ miles to go riding, this is the place for you. Although the park is fairly small, there is something for every type of rider here. You like sigletrack? Plenty of it. Want to stay on the fire road? You can do it and still get a decent ride in. Jumps and obstacles? Don't have to look too hard to find them. Just ask the locals about the track that begins near the water tank.
I was amazed that such a cool little park existed so close to me. This past weekend was the first time I have been and I have been living in Hermosa for 4 years!
The reason why it is so cool is that people have obviously taken good care of the single tracks and have spent a lot of time building obstacles (i.e. jumps, ramps, and wooden drop offs) for the more extreme riders our there.
Dirt was a little loose and I got a little squirly in some of the sand, but not too bad.
I'd hate to see riding privelages taken away or the destruction of some of the obstacles, ramps set up. Must give respect where it is due and that's it.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 6 miles Elevation change: 1,000
Singletrack=35% Dirt Road=65%
Domby a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Tomac 98 Special Pro w/ upgrades from Hermosa Beach, CA
Posted on 07/21/03
fun, fun, fun - Me and my riding partner made it over to PV yesterday. It was his first time there, and my first time in 2 yrs. We made 4 different passes. Once up "vomit hill", once looking for the waterfall, once finding the waterfall and riding it, and once to the little "fun zone". My hats off the the person or people who put the time in to this area. Keep up the good work!! I'll be back for an update, sometime down the road.
All in all, a fun time. The area reminds me a little of a ski area. As your riding up the f/r you get to check out all the runs you get to go down. Overall nothing technical that we rode, outside of the waterfall and fun zone...and we were looking.
Oh and of course can't forget about the beautiful views and temp's.
Posted on 05/16/03