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Chantry to Mt Zion Loop

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The Chantry Flats / Mt. Zion / Gabrielino trail loop is not for people who are afraid of heights nor those who don’t enjoy hiking. While most of this route is rideable, the last mile and a half to Mt Zion is hardly worth the effort.

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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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Chiquito Trail via Blue Jay Campground

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The Chiquito Trail may seem like a short route down from Blue Jay campground, but don’t let the mileage fool you. And don’t think that just because this a shuttle ride that it’s going to be an easy downhill ride. It’s not! This trail has some of the most advanced technical features of the entire area.

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Chiquito Trail via the Upper San Juan Loop

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This route combines the upper section of the San Juan trail with the Viejo Tie and Chiquito trails. Although only 14 miles, it will feel like double that. This route for advanced and expert riders only. Count on 4+ hours of riding on 100% single track trails with plenty of rocks and some cliff exposure.

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Eaton Saddle > Mt Lowe > Sunset Trail

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This is a downhill ride requiring a shuttle service to get you to the Eaton Saddle near the top of Mt Wilson. It’s a nice alternative to the Mt Lowe Loop that cuts out most of the climbing of that ride that you would otherwise.

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Ken Burton Loop

Fern Truck Trail to Ken Burton Trail Loop Elevation Profile

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Laguna Meadows to Noble Canyon

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Laguna Meadows to Noble Canyon Elevation Profile

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Mt Lowe Loop

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If you like climbing up steep fire roads and descending on sweet technical single tracks, this is the loop for you. XEN MTB loves this ride! You pay for the fun first with a 2,500′ climb up a fire road. From there nearly all of the rest of the way down is single track.

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Mt Wilson Area

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XEN MTB provides guided mountain biking tours all around the Mount Wilson area. There are many mountain bike rides to enjoy in the Mt Wilson area. Some, like the Mount Lowe Loop can be climbed as up and backs and some can be done as loops.

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Noble Canyon

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If you’re going all the way to Pine Valley, California you may as well get the most you can out of one day of riding. And that’s why XEN MTB suggests starting Noble Canyon with a gentle ride through the Laguna Meadows.

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Noble Canyon via Pine Creek Road

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If you prefer to earn your downhills, this loop is the way to go for Noble Canyon. It starts with a somewhat steep paved road for five miles with 1,665′ of climbing, followed by five miles of pure bliss down the best parts of Noble Canyon single tracks.

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway

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Noble Canyon via Sunrise Highway Elevation Profile

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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

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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Redbox to JPL via Gabrielino

Photos of Redbox to JPL

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Santa Ana River Trail

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This ride will give you a great workout even on the way down and features spectacular views of the San Bernardino Forest. With XEN MTB as your mountain biking tour guide, you’ll know when to push hard up those climbs, when take it easy,

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Santiago Truck Trail

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Santiago Truck Trail to the Luge is a beginner level ride just outside Foothill Ranch that begins with a moderate single/double track climb, and ends with a very narrow, twisty and fun single track to reward your efforts. It is one of the few places that can also be ridden at night.

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Strawberry Peak Loop

A very strenuous and steep climb combined with technical sections and steep cliff edges makes this a rewarding, but very dangerous half-day loop recommended only for those in excellent shape and without a fear of heights.

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Trabuco Canyon

Trabuco Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the Santa Ana Mountains. The ride from the street to the Holy Jim parking area is a great beginner ride featuring a gentle climb, a lot of it under the canopy of Oak trees. But once at the beginning of the Trabuco / Holy Jim loop,

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Valley Forge to Chantry

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XEN MTB provides guided mountain biking tours on the “dark side” trails of Mount Wilson. This ride requires a shuttle service to drop us off near the top of Mt Wilson at Eaton Saddle. It begins with a great single track followed by a gentle fire road climb and then an hour long roller coaster of a single track ride down to the Chantry area.

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Whiting Ranch > Santiago Truck > Luge > O’Neill Park

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The “grand tour” of the foothills, on this intermediate level ride covering 20 miles of local terrain, you’ll see everything that the Santiago Truck Trail has to offer, plus Whiting Ranch and O’Neill Regional Parks. There will be plenty of Oak lined trails and if you’re lucky enough to visit here in the winter or spring,

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