Socal - Los Angeles County - Sylmar/Lake View Terrace NickNames: #BearDivide-MayCanyon nike missile site
You can do this trip as a long loop or use two cars to enjoy a shorter 'whole family' ride. (For the longer loop version) Drive the 210 Freeway west and exit at Hubbard Street in Sylmar. Turn left on Hubbard and then take a right on Foothill. Drive one block to Sayre Street and turn right. Drive toward the mountains. The street takes you right to Veterans Memorial Park. Park and unload your bike.
Peddle back down Sayre and turn left on Foothill. Stay on Foothill for about 4 miles. This is a more or less flat highway. You will pass the new recreation facilities at Hansen Dam. After going under the freeway overpass, take a left on Osborne Street. (You may want to reset the odometer on your bike computer because the distances are measured from this Foothill/Osborne intersection.)
A mile up Osborne the road becomes Little Tujunga Road. After several miles, you begin a moderate climb. Five miles up this road, you'll pass the Wildlife Waystation, a home for wayward wild animals. If you make this climb early in the morning, you'll hear the lions and tigers roaring for breakfast. As you continue climbing, you'll enter into some beautiful vistas.
About 8 miles up Little Tujunga Road, you'll come to a water tower. From the water tower, ride down into a valley that may remind you of the Hobbit novels. After a blazing ride down the canyon you'll begin climbing again. After 11.5 miles you will arrive at summit. At the left will be a large parking lot with some picnic tables. There will be maps posted and a sign indicating that you are at Bear Divide Vista point. If you want to do the 'non-loop' version of this ride, park one vehicle at the Sayre Street park (Veterans Memorial Park) and then drive your bikes up to this parking lot. Thomas Guide page: 482
About 3 1/2 miles up this trail you come to a fire station. The views here are worth the entire ride. Facing south, the whole San Fernando Valley lays before you. Turn north and you have the Santa Clarita Valley. On a winter day, expect to see a thin layer of snow in the shade.
Peddle another 1 1/2 or 2 miles and you come to an intersection where the May Canyon Trail begins. Turn left onto the trail. This is such a fun and fast ride. Although you can do this entire trip without suspension May Canyon has enough potholes and rocks that you will wish you had at least front suspension.
After a three mile gallop down the hill, you are back at Veterans Memorial Park. I have done this trip several times. I've even taken my twelve year old daughter on it. It's a kick with only a fraction of the grunt effort that goes into similar vista quests.
Todd Kunkler a 44 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Bianchi Dedacciai Hardtail from ucfirst(Lake View Terrace, CA)