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Level: Beginner
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +765/ -831 ft
Total: 33 riders

Mountain Biking Sulphur Mountain

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#197 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#2,626 in the world

This trail is easy technical and intermediate aerobic. This is one of the first trails I rode about 22 years ago and where I started to catch the mountain biking bug. Head through the gate and grind on the road for about 9 miles then turn around and come back. The trail goes up and down as it climbs and affords great views of the Ojai valley. The last bit to the top is on pavement but you should do it just so you can say you made it to the top. This trail is multi use so please respect the hikers and horseback riders.

First added by gab26 on Apr 3, 2006. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the 101 head east on Highway 33 past the point where it turns into a two-lane road. Drive through Casitas Springs and look for the sign for Sulphur Mountain Road. Park along the road before the gate.
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  • Clydo7

    Perfect beginners ride, easy non technical dirt road for miles, with some good inclines, really gets your heart rate going and excellent for it's isolation and fantastic views of Ojai and rolling hills all around.

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  • Licho Vega

    Extremely wide fire road, its pretty steep(first 2 miles are a bit hard). Ride as far up as you can and feel the breeze on your way down. Good for all skill levels. Fun night ride if you are into that. Good views of oak view and Ventura. Watch out and be courteous to cows, hiker's, and horseback riders.

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  • Gawin

    Good place for a workout or beginner ride. Great views along the way of Casitas and nice views at the top. Be respectful of the cows and be careful of downhill speeds, the trail is very popular for hikers and horse back.

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  • kapusiv

    It seems like most people on this site are very advanced and doing it for many years... We found the trail by accident and for us it was a hard one. I guess I am a beginner too. I only went up for 4 miles and turned back. That four miles was really steep uphill at least 80% of it. We were up about 1000 feet higher than where we started. It might be not much for many but it is a lot for me. It is a beautiful trail. I loved it.

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  • niterider

    Congrats. Now try Sisar/Nordhoff Ridge! You will enjoy it. My best friend and I live in Ventura and we ride all the time!

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  • karlagigi

    amazing. I consider myself a beginner, so this was hard for me. But the views were amazing. I am one to never finish anything. But I finish this. i was so proud of myself. Yes, it took me 2 hrs. and 45 min. to WALK my bike up, but it felt really good knowing that I had accomplished my goal.

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  • [email protected]

    This is also one of my first mountain bike rides about 10 years ago. A somewhat strenuous ride on dirt road. The vistas are pretty cool once to the top with open ranges all around. All downhill going back. I have found you can go almost as fast as you want due to the width of the road. Just be courtious to hikers and try not to kick up too much dust. Enjoy!

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