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Airport in the Sky > Little Harbor > Middle Ranch > Cape Canyon > Avalon Vista

It’s not the longest route you can do on Catalina Island, but it’s up there. So you may be thinking why start at the airport? Well, because taking the shuttle up to that point saves A LOT of climbing and puts this ride in range of the strong intermediate that wants to try something more difficult than ever before,

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Big Bear Area

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XEN MTB provides guided mountain biking tours in the Big Bear, California. Whether you’re looking for a casual family cruise around the lake or some serious cross country climbs and awesome single track descents, there’s a little something for everyone here. Big Bear can pretty much be ridden year round and it’s especially nice during the spring when all the flowers are blooming!

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Cannell Trail

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The Cannell Trail is a truly EPIC all day ride covering about 26 miles of high elevation terrain ending with about a 6 mile single track final descent back down to the Lake Isabella area. It requires a shuttle service to the top.

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Catalina Island Mountain Biking

Catalina Island is located about 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Most people only visit the small town of Avalon, which is tiny compared to the rest of the island, especially at 1,500′ above it!

Catalina Island offers 75 square miles of open terrain where you’ll be lucky to spot many others on bikes.

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Chilao Area to Arcadia

This ride requires a drop off near the Angelus Christian Camp deep within the Angelus National Forest. It is a 26 mile all-day adventure with about 3,300′ of varied terrain including single tracks, fire roads and some pavement sections. It is truly an EPIC ride by any standards,

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Mount Laguna > Laguna Meadows > Noble Canyon

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The best possible variation of both Noble Canyon and Laguna Meadows, this ride begins with a drop off at the Red-Tailed Roost Visitor Center. From there a mostly single track route drops into the Laguna Meadows where you can either just go straight across the meadows to begin the rest of the ride or do some loops around the lakes on somewhat flat terrain.

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Mt Pinos Downhill

Mt Pinos is a shuttle-assisted downhill ride that almost anyone can do. It’s easy enough for a strong-beginner, but has enough technical features to keep even the most experienced riders entertained. This ride requires a shuttle service to the top. It is usually done with multiple trips to the top on the same day for maximum enjoyment.

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Palm Canyon (Pine View) to Dunn Road

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Another variation of the Palm Canyon EPIC ride, this option starts off with a more aggressive single track. On this map, you also see the bailout option down Dunn Road.

Palm Canyon (Pine View) to Dunn Road Elevation Profile

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Palm Canyon (Pinyon Flats) to Dunn Road

Book Trip Now!This is a variation of the traditional Palm Canyon EPIC route. It starts as a less technical option at the beginning than the Pine View Drive option. If you’re out of water when you reach the top of the sand wash at around mile 18,

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Palm Canyon + Art Smith Trail

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Another variation of the Palm Canyon EPIC ride, this option is even harder, covering more miles of single track trails. But along with it, you’ll also pay for the extra fun with some big climbs on the way down the Art Smith Trail.

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Palm Canyon EPIC

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If you only have time for one EPIC ride in Southern California, and the weather is cool, then the Palm Canyon EPIC is the only thing you need to ride. It requires a shuttle to the top which we usually coordinate ourselves.

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Palm Canyon to Art Johnson

A different way to experience Palm Canyon, this ride ends with a single track similar to the Palm Canyon EPIC route but it easier overall.

 

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