June 18, 2014
This is a very well managed trail network that sits just east of the Pacific and is bordered by the PCH.
It requires a usage fee of $15 a day which you must pay regardless of how long you use the park but it gives you access to day camping, a semi-private beach and tons of trails.
The trails are mostly fire roads but the elevation and exposure makes for a very good cardio challenge. I started on El Moro Canyon which is tame for about the first 1.5 miles but then includes some pretty severe climbs, most of which I was able to clean on my lowest gear but a couple that required me to dismount. As you climb Moro, there's an option to hang left on to Poles which is a severe climb to No Dogs which offers a friendly descent. I actually missed the turn off on the way up so ended up ascending about 3 miles and turned back as time got away from me being about an hour in. The descents were not very technical but the elevation and incline will definitely keep you on your toes and feathering your breaks- I believe Mach One made me consider larger rotors on my Epic.
All in all a great park despite mostly fire roads but I hear there are some single track options as arteries to the main trail system.
Next time I have a full day in SoCal, I'd love to make a day and do the full loop.