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Southern California Trails

  • Oak Spring Trail (south Half) - #OakSpringTrail(southHalf)

    Socal - Los Angeles County - Tujunga NickNames: #OakSpringTrail(southHalf)

    Get off the 210 at Sunland. Take a left on Oro Vista.
    When Oro Vista merges with Mt. Gleason, keep your
    eyes out for the Oro Vista continuation on the left.
    Park where Oro Vista meets Mt. Gleason (crossing the
    wash). Oro Vista is private, so you will need to bike
    from here.
    Bike up Oro Vista, staying pretty much straight until it
    ends. Take a left, and the trailhead is just ahead on the
    This fire road climbs gently for the first mile. You will
    need to stay left at the first junction (straight
    dead-ends), then bear right at the next three fire road
    intersections as the road gets steeper and looser. You
    will meet the descending Oak Springs trail in two
    places as well, but I do not recommend ascending due
    to the loose soil and overall steepness of the trail.
    After about 4.5 miles of climbing, you will reach the
    ridge. Oak Springs Trail descends on your right. (The
    north half of Oak Springs descends from the left side of
    the fire road about 50 feet ahead, I have not taken it).
    Oak Springs was recently bulldozed, so it is not
    technical in terms of rocks, but it is steep and has very
    loose soil. You will descend about 1.5-2 miles to the
    fireroad you rode up on. You can continue to the bottom
    the way you came, or explore some more singletrack
    that snakes around near the bottom of the canyon.

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    • Trail UpdateNew And Improved...-...with more rocks and ruts in every bite. October rain has made this trail more interesting than ever. The trail is still gone in a couple of places from last winter. The fireroad has been graded and is loose in the steap spots . Makes the downhills even more rewarding


    • Trail UpdateRecent Fire...-...burned near northside of Oak Springs Trail and fire trucks have been using the fireroad to access the burn area. This has left the fireroad loose and dusty. making it up the steap sections is tough and frustrating. The trail is getting some fun sections to it and is a demanding decent. It's a bit overgrown with weeds but lots of fun.


    • Trail UpdateOak Springs-For anyone who does not want the long, exposed fireroad climb to the top of Oak Springs there is the Doc Larsen singletract which cuts off to the left at the first saddle. At the bottom of the Doc Larsen you hang a left and climb back over the ridge. When the fireroad "T" 's out go right and there will be an unmarked singletrack on your left a few hunred yards down. At the bottom of that singletrack go left and you will end up an the street you started on.


    • Trail UpdateFirst Time On Oak Springs-I found oak springs a decent, if not spectacular
      singletrack. It was a very hot day, and the exposure is
      more like the Verdugos or Santa Monicas than the San
      Gabriels, in other words, very hot with no shade.
      The bulldozer work on the trail seems very recent, or
      very few people ride here. A few way-behind-the-saddle
      decents, and a few nice fast switchbacks.
      Watch out for horses.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 8 miles Elevation change: 2000 feet
      Singletrack=35% Dirt Road=65%
      LCS a 33 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Cannondale Super V 1000 from Hollywood


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