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    Beginner trails Central Coast and SoCal?

    Planning a trip first week of January down the PCH to San Diego. What are some good beginner trails that me and GF can check out? Planning a couple days in San Diego area to hit up all the breweries we can.

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    Most riding on the Central Coast is pretty advanced (be it long climbs or rocky) but Morro Bay State Park is right on your way and beginner friendly. Morro Bay State Park - CCCMB

    Johnson Ranch just south of SLO is beginner friendly too but MB State Park is much more scenic.

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    Hit up Sycamore Canyon in the Pt Magu/Oxnard area. Some fine riding there.

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    If you pass by SLO, definitely hit up Montana de Oro. Its known more for its more technical rides, but there is an awesome beginner trail that runs for a few miles on a beach bluff. Beautiful scenery and non technical, flat singletrack. Plus you can ride right onto the beach, through caves, and play with sea otters if you get lucky.

    Plug this into google maps to get the trailhead:35.272873,-120.888968
    the beach is right above (on the map)

    for some more technical riding you can goto sycamore canyon/point dume in malibu

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    Hit up Sycamore Canyon in the Pt Magu/Oxnard area. Some fine riding there.
    Definitely try Point Mugu. It is perfect for beginners, probably the best in the Santa Monica Mountains. If you ride from the bottom (off of PCH), it's a gentle ride up the canyon bottom. From there, there are some easy singletrack trails off the side, and then the option of some steep climbs into the mountains - can be on fireroads on singletrack. It might be too advanced, but my favorite climb there is up Guadalasca.

    Another really good beginners trail is Sullivan Canyon, in West LA. It is off of Sunset Blvd. It also goes up a canyon bottom, and at the canyon head it climbs up to a ridge. It's a nice ride and good for beginners.

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    Never ridden at Point Magu, but if you're in the San Luis Obispo area, that Montana De Oro beginner trail mmmtnbkr1 mentioned would be a good one. Runs right along the ocean with almost no climbing. That would be a good ride for someone new to mountain biking.

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    Hazard Peak Trail at Montana de Oro is a lot of fun and not very technical. Great views too!
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    Thanks a ton! Are any of these dog friendly? We'll have our four legged friend with us and would like to bring her along for the rides. We can leave her in the car for an hour or two if weather permits.

    Point Magu and de Oro sound and look awesome.

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    Montana de Oro is beautifull and the bluff trail is a nice easy ride along the cliffs. Hazard peak is a great trail, but I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner unless you are in good shape and like climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeTexan View Post
    Thanks a ton! Are any of these dog friendly? We'll have our four legged friend with us and would like to bring her along for the rides. We can leave her in the car for an hour or two if weather permits.

    Point Magu and de Oro sound and look awesome.
    Unfortunately, these are State Parks, so not at all dog friendly. Dogs are not allowed on the trails or even fire roads. Looks like the pooch is going to have to stay in the car.

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    The Ellwood Bluffs just north of (actually west, but the freeway is labeled north/south) Santa Barbara are nice easy riding with great ocean views.

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    I second Sycamore. Mostly "easy" climbs. In LA, Sullivan Canyon is good.

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    If you're riding in San Diego give Lake Hodges North side a try look it up on MTB Bill's website, park across from Hernandez Hideaway restaurant then when you're done you're just a few miles from Stone Brewery off Citricado Parkway in Escondido take a tour maybe get some food, head West a couple of miles Lost Abbey/Port Brewing(a 2fer), a little more West is Iron Fist in Vista off Sycamore.

    Another possibility is Los Penasquitos Canyon ride, then after checkout Green Flash Brewey tasting room just about right next door(from West end parking lot) on Mira Mesa Blvd, a couple more places in La Jolla from there or further South to Coronado Brewing, Mission Brewing, Ballast, Ale Smith.

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    In Orange County I would recommend Laguna Coast Wilderness Park if you start from Ridge Park Dr. A basic route would involve heading out on Bommer fireroad (ocean views) and dropping a few s/t's along the way.

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