No Shade Here! -
Reviewed by: Zachariah , Cross Country Rider
This is mainly an XC type trail - meaning for all that smooth rolling singletrack, there is a climbing price to pay. The climbs are short, but brutally steep. And, there is LOTS of them too. Bring all the water you can carry, if doing the full, 17-mile tour, because you will drink all of it and then some!
Don't even think about riding this in the hot summer months, as there is literally zero shade on this entire network; your rotting corpse will not be found until November.
Park Central Avenue trailhead and take Farside all the way along the Eastern perimeter, past the Pepsi plant, Ralph's Distribution Center, etc. Explore "mini Moab boulders and follow along the telephone poles(DH) and hang left behind Canyon Crest back yards. Climb another hill and go east towards boundry fire road and north center all the way back up to your car.
Zachariah a 49 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro 29er from Palm Desert, CA E-mail:this user
Posted on 09/14/13
Sycamore Canyon - Road Sycamore Canyon on Saturday June 4,2011 for the first time with my nieceís husband we had a grate time the weather was prefect, we stared from the central entrance the fire roads are in good shape, only found a couple of ruts the water crossing are ride able. The single tracks are fast with some loose sandy areas on the turns near the Little Moab area. Thanks to the riders we met and gave us the 411 on witch way to go.
Gt serg a 45 year old Weekend Warrior riding a 2000 gt i drive carbon fiber from Rialto
Posted on 06/07/11
Excellent Ride - Went out riding with my brother in-law yesterday. Trails are in great shape, some ruts from the recent rains but it's just that much more interesting. The Construction seems to be complete and the trails are open agian.
Jhick64 a 22 year old Weekend Warrior riding a an old Giant ATX 970 from Moreno Valley
Posted on 02/18/11
Sycamore Canyon - There is plenty of rideable single track, but expect to hit a few mucky mud pits along the way. You'll see a few closed off sections in the park. Keep an eye out for the orange mesh fencing. A key point on the main fire road that splits the park in half is completely closed off to construction. Come prepared to do some back tracking or 'exploring.' All in all, still some great riding to be had. Have a great ride!
antioquia4 a 37 year old Weekend Warrior from Riverside
Posted on 01/15/11
HOT Feb! - Unseasonable hot that day! Cold in the morning but as the sun got high in the sky it got hot fast!
Single track was perfect like it was groomed by the recent rains. Not very dusty either.
After 11AM mostly MTB'ers were in the area.
Share the trail and lets keep the trails clean!
Dial Tone a 38 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Vassago Bandersnatch from Duarte, CA
Posted on 02/19/10
SICamore Caynon - This ridiculous park is ready for the ride after the rains helps some of the more loose areas. The single track is perfect and the fire roads are cleaner than usual. On my ride today, I saw more critters than usual. Even the water features are flowing and begging to be waked through (or flown over).
One note of caution for those of you who are going to run out and get on the go, the main fire road (from the south Alessandro entrance) was being dug out for some reason. There is a way to get around it, but itís kind of hidden.
EricXcal a 39 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a 08 Gary Fisher from Riverside, CA
Posted on 02/03/10
Awesome Park - I just rode this park about two weeks ago. My roomate and live about five minutes from it and decided to check it out. We both are just getting into riding and decided this would be one of our main spots. Most of the trails are hardpacked and in good condition. As the last rider wrote they disced some of the outer areas which made the ride a little bumpy, but I would say it's recovering with more and more riding.
Jhick64 a 21 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Trek 800 Singletrack (comuter) from Moreno Valley, CA E-mail:this user
Posted on 11/27/09
Sycamore gets a haircut - Apparently afraid of the upcoming fire session the county decided to go out and clear brush aroung the perimeter of the park and on the trails, also for whatever reason they cut 3-4 in. trenches along several points on the trails and got rid of alot of the rocks on certain areas, needless to say the trail while not completely ruined, they have lost alot of their charachter and the trenches present quit the obstacle to ride around, along with all the soft dirt kicked up by workers, im not happy and assume many of you arnt either, what was the city thinking?
dereka15 a 17 year old Downhiller riding a Giant AC2 from Riverside E-mail:this user
Posted on 06/20/09
October 25, 2008 - I parked my truck at the Canyon Crest Towne Center and rode up Central to the open area (parking lot) described above in item #1. I saw some girls walking back down on a trail so I decided to enter through the entrance described in item #3 above. I rode about 5 total miles including single track and fire roads.Very good trail system. Not one piece of trash anywhere you look! It was a total blast bombing down the trails. Not too fun climbing up them, though, lol. Many, many uphills. The trails are rolling and relatively smooth and once in a while you'll encounter some rocks to launch off from. I also rode on some easy fire trails. I didn't see too much technical sections but they are out there. There are trails everywhere! I was so surprised that I did not encounter any other riders the 2 hours I was there. I saw a couple hiking way out in the distance. It was very hot, though, today... 90+ degrees. Next time I'll explore the eastern section.
KonaDawgD a 40 year old Weekend Warrior riding a 2007 Kona Dawg Deluxe from Fontana, CA
Posted on 10/26/08
May 24 Ride - Rode from canyon crest through the park and back down. All the trails are looking good. Signs are posted showing where the actual boundary of the park is; a lot smaller than it is now! Overall the trails are in great shape. Good day to ride before the heat comes back.
unnown2u a 23 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GT Avalanch Expert from Riverside
Posted on 05/24/08
Great Ride...................... - Rode this trail about 20 minutes ago and let me tell you its as good as it gets. The trail is in perfect shape its not as dry as it usually is thanks to the last rains we had.The city and local riders are doing a great job keeping this trail clean, thanks.
slapfan1 a 25 year old Weekend Warrior riding a diamond back recoil from riverside next to sycamore canyon
Posted on 02/17/08
February 16, 2008 - Rode the perimeter and cut across the pipe. The trails are in great shape. Hardly any ruts or trash to be seen. The City has done well posting maps around and maintaining the trails.
unnown2u a 23 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GT Avalanch Expert from Riverside
Posted on 02/16/08
Good Ride.... - Rode these last in October, 2006. Great conditions, I like how challenging this area can be if your up for some climbing, or there are easier routes for the more faint of heart as well. Great rolling sections and turns to practice handling skills and such. I'm not sure I would ever ride this during the summer months unless it were early morning or a night ride as there is about 0% shade.
Definetly a fun place to ride, however after riding it about 3-4 times I seem to be choosing other trails over this one because I'm already a little bored with it. But maybe thats my A.D.D. kicking in! Just kidding!
pinkflux a 27 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Turner Flux from Temecula, CA
Posted on 12/12/06†
Sycamore Canyon Trails - I've ridden this trail twice this week and I plan to ride these trails until I can make the whole run with ease. These trails are sweet singletracks with more challenging hills on the south end. The parking lot is completed and there is now a port-o-pot. I will say that there isn't any shade throughout the entire ride so don't expect any relief from the sun and beware of the occasional rattlesnake. If there's anyone who wants to get a riding group going for this trail send an e-mail.
lalawinks a 41 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Giant from Palm Springs E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/13/06†
Update of trail? - I haven't ridden here, and am completely unfamiliar with the area. I was was hoping to get a trail update before heading out.
royta a 33 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Flux from Corona, CA
Posted on 05/18/06†
Hey Mortensen, you're talking about the wrong trail. San Diego County, not Riverside.
Keep eating that fish.
Posted on 05/09/06†
Rode this on friday and saturday. From Mast to scripps poway parkway and back. Trail is in really good condition a very fun ride but not really challenging. There were helicopters doing training in the area and landing right next to the trail. made things exciting. Be sure not to go in the heat of the day. and bring lots of water.
kmortensen a 26 year old Die-hard Enthusiast
Posted on 05/09/06†
Trails in great shape! - Rode the poway side of Sycamore Canyon lastnight!
the single track is holding up well for how little rain we've had. Martha Grove is looking good, the single track out behind the ranger station is growing nicely! off the trail is THICK and you feel like your in a tunnel ESP at night! Fireroad has been freshly graded its nice and flat and packed makes for a nice easy climb out of the valley. Great riding!
protijy a 26 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Indy Fab Beat Stick from Mission Bay E-mail:this user
Posted on 12/02/05†
part of the park being bulit on - some of the land was bought and they fenced it off, so some of the trails are inaccessible now. Some of the trails have a ton of overgrowth on them, and there are quite a few ruts as well.
HXCMTB a 14 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a trek 4500 disc E-mail:this user
Posted on 07/08/05†
Sycamore Canyon Update - Just a small update - many of the entrances on the South (Alessandro) and East (Sycamore Canyon Rd) side of the park have been built-over with warehouses and storage units, and it looks like more to come. Once you get past the buildings, things are ok.
Jay a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized Frankenstein from Riverside, CA
Posted on 06/20/05†
Trail Issues in Santa Monica MOu - I wanted to let the Mt. Bike community know that the park staff from Pt. Mugu are aware of the overgrowth issues. Our Trail Management folks are trying to deal with the over abundant growth but we are lacking funding to do brudh work. If you ride at any of the parks in the Santa Monica Mountains I suggest that you contact CORBA and see if you can help volunteer by doing some much needed trail work. It will really helps us. hanks Frank Padilla, Jr CA. State Parks
Posted on 05/14/05†
I was running and before I cross the creek, I saw the bigest frog I have ever seen in my kife, about 12 inches high by 24 inches long scare the heck out of me, great run like allways
a 45 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 05/05/05†
Loads of wild mustard - Went riding at the park this Sunday. The wild mustard is out of control on the single tracks. You have about 6 inches of clear track and the mustard is so high on either side that you can't see over the top. Your legs are constantly getting smacked by the stuff. So after awhile I turned around and hit the double tracks and the fire roads. Those were in great condition. Not as much rain damage as I was expecting.
I spent a hour last night picking flowers and leaves out of my bike and cleaning out all my scrapes and boo boos from brushing up against all the wild flowers.
I also saw two snakes (didn't stop to see what kind) and several large over weight lizards.
Overall still a great ride and a fantastic day.
keeperterrier a 30 year old Weekend Warrior riding a trek from Riverside, CA
Posted on 05/02/05†
Cross Country Heaven - Today was the first time i've ever ridden this place, talk about some nice climbs and nice smooth winding and rolling trails, some technical sections. this place is a great place for cross country race training. and a single-speeder's delight. my friend had been riding here for a few years(he's a single speeder)and showed me just a fraction of the whole park, it was awesome to see how much you can cover thru the vast array of trails within the park.
Terrain is hardpack singletrack, not many loose sections, so you can roll pretty fast if you got the right tires. Tires with short center knobs & good side knobs would be great for this place.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 13.5 miles Elevation change:
Singletrack=95% Dirt Road=5%
Epic Mtn Biker a 31 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a '04 Specialized Epic Marathon from Ontario, CA E-mail:this user
Posted on 12/23/04†
Where to Park, Current Condition - The best parking is in the Canyon Crest Shopping Center, on Central Avenue. To access the trails: Head S on Cyn Crest, turn L on Via Conception, 1st R on Via Junipero Serra, then follow the road until you see a deadend on the R with a trailhead (Via Las Nubes). You're there ! Go to the R, you're on Triple R parallel to Cyn Crest Dr on the far W side of the park. Go all the way to the top. you'll see the trails laid out to the E.
Conditions are great, especially if you like ruts and technical stuff.Traction is superb, and the rocks are all washed off and sticky. Trails are Int to Advanced, depending on where you go. Access roads and some trails are easy.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 10-20 miles Elevation change: minimal
Singletrack=90% Dirt Road=10%
Bob a 48 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Jamis Dakar from Norco E-mail:this user
Posted on 11/10/04†