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~8AM SUN/Malibu State Park Mtn Bike Ride & Restaurant @ "Pedalers Fork"

Note: Hosted by Stephanie Westmyer and Wendy Garcia

Save the Date: Sunday, September 29th at 8:00 am. Come ride with us in beautiful and scenic Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains; home of the M.A.S.H. site and the infamous Bulldog climb. 

Afterward the ride, we all eat at "Pedalers Fork"!!! It's a Bike Shop / Restaurant. Its in Calabasas only 14 minutes from where we are parking for the ride. The place is beautiful and upscale with good prices and Tasty Food!!! Lots of Beer choices as well!  Who's in???

Please plan on arriving at Malibu Creek State Park by 8 am as we will roll at 8:30 am sharp. Please bring snacks and at least 100 ounces of chilled water as there are no water refill facilities until mile 13. 

Once you have entered the State Park, turn left into the second (of three) day-use parking lots where we will all meet. There are picnic tables and restrooms here. 

Course info: Follow the paved road to the fire gate at the entrance to Crags Road. Head over to the Crags Road Junction 1.5 miles and continue right to the top of the hill overlooking Century Reservoir. Continue downhill and straight to the river (cross bridge), then bear right. We’ll take the narrow trail through some flat, shaded rocky single-track that opens back up onto Crags Road. 

Coming out of the dry creek, stay on the main trail and take a quick stop at the M*A*S*H site. After a few photo ops, we’ll head to the bottom of the Bulldog Motorway and turn left, going uphill. At the junction of Bulldog Lateral (mile 4.4), bear left and continue uphill. This is the steepest part of our ride, and it may take 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach to top.

Follow Bulldog Motorway to the top of Castro Crest, turn left on at the top of Bulldog Motorway and proceed down to Corral Canyon through the locked fire gate, down to the parking lot. Stay on the fire road to bypass Backbone Trail (unless you want to hike a bike up and along the rocky Backbone Trail and meet up with us after the bypass). We’ll be on the paved road downhill for about two minutes, then we’ll cut left and back onto the Mesa Peak Motorway.

Continue on Mesa Peak Motorway bearing left at Puerco Canyon Fire Road, look for a sharp right turn back onto the “Backbone Trail”, through some very technical downhill single track to Tapia Park. Here you will find an out-of-order bathroom, turn RIGHT and head over to the bridge on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road to safely bypass the stream crossing. Once over the bridge, go back into Tapia Park and follow the trail up to the Tapia picnic area; follow the trail left along the parking lot and through the fire gate. Continue on the dirt fire road to Spur Trail. Cross over the paved driveway to pick up Spur Trail. Follow Spur Trail for uphill single track action and over the mountain and down the other side into Malibu Creek State Park. 

Leave Spur Trail by riding through the dirt parking lot and turn RIGHT and proceed along the gravel road. Turn LEFT at the pavement and proceed to the day use parking area of Malibu Creek State Park where we began and end our journey.

Hopefully you brought extra chilled refreshments to enjoy at the picnic area as a reward for your hard work!

Getting to Malibu Creek State Park

From the Ventura Freeway (Hwy 101):
Exit Las Virgenes Rd. South
Continue approximately 3 miles, past Mulholland Drive.
Turn right into Malibu Creek State Park
If you hit Piuma Rd., you've gone too far...turn around and go back!

From Pacific Coast Hwy:
Go North on Malibu Canyon (directly south of Pepperdine University).
Continue approximately 5 miles, past Piuma Rd.
Turn left into Malibu Creek State Park
If you hit Mulholland Dr., you've gone too far...turn around and go back!

Parking at Malibu Creek State Park is $12 if you don’t have a State parking pass. 
FREE PARKING is available OUTSIDE THE PARK as follows:
Corners of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway: You may park on three corners of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway, on the dirt. Parking on these corners is "head-in-parking". Please note there are some NO PARKING SIGNS posted in some sections here. 


Overnight camping at Malibu Creek State Park. For reservations call (800) 444-7275.

GOOD NITE INN: 3.5 miles from the park. For reservations call (818) 880-6000.

RENAISSANCE HOTEL, AGOURA HILLS: 8 miles from the park. For reservations call (800)[masked] or (818) 707-1220.

DISCLAIMER ***The Organizer and Assistant Organizers of this ride are not professional guides. The function of the organizer(s) is only to organize the ride. Each person who signs up for a ride is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a mountain bike ride, you are acknowledging that you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards. You acknowledge the presence of poison oak, rattle snakes, and other dangerous wildlife. In addition, you further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the ride from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activity.***

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  • Wendy G.

    I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this trail with the group and meeting all of you! Looking forward to our next Big Adventure!

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • Franklin

    Thank you all I had a blast today! Looking forward to the next.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Wendy for organizing this ride and giving us the opportunity to discover something else. Agreed with David, the climb was surprisingly tough and for some of us it turned out to be close to torture. But no worry, even the toughest rides will remain among the best memories we'll keep with us. Thanks again.

    4 · September 29, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Henri, you earned the Good Samaritan Award for the way you helped Linda and Michael up Bulldog and patiently waited for me on the last part. Bella earns the Good Citizen Award for making sure we were ok throughout the trip. Acts of great character strengthen the camaraderie. Thank you for your help on the ride.

      6 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, awesome time, great trails

    3 · September 29, 2013

  • David Elliott L.

    Great weather and beautiful views. Surprisingly tough climb

    3 · September 29, 2013

  • Lucy

    Anyone willing to give me a lift?
    I live off of 405 & Sand Canyon in Irvine.
    Please call or text[masked]

    Thanks :)

    September 28, 2013

    • Lucy

      No, I've never gotten a DUI lol I prefer to ride with someone :-)

      September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Put your big girl pants on and ride..... It's gonna be a blast

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please what is the distance and positive elevation of this ride ?
    Is it technical or not, for beginners intermediate or else ?
    If somebody could post a geoladders or ridewithgps or whatever map, it would be nice. Thanks

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I love steep tech. Climbs

      2 · September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bring it

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    The course is about 15 miles: 11 miles of sometimes steep fireroads, and 4 miles of sometimes very technical single track trails. There are a couple of parts of the single track that I will be walking.
    I would say you should be in excellent cardio condition to make it up Bulldog Trail, and intermediate to advanced skill-wise to cover the single track (unless you plan on cheating/walking the bike like I do).
    This is a tough ride but so worth it!

    September 23, 2013

    • Linda H.


      September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Linda if you don't push your self out of your comfort zone you will never get stronger

      September 27, 2013

  • Erik G.

    There are 3 of us carpooling from North OC and still have space for 1 more. If you rather not drive and hitch a ride, feel free to contact or text me @[masked]

    September 27, 2013


    Doing the Triple Crown "Hammer Time" mountain bike race Sunday, WISH I CAN GO... HAVE FUN AMIGOS !!!

    September 26, 2013

  • Erik G.

    I live in North OC & don't mind driving, can take 3 others, bikes & gear if interested in carpooling?

    September 25, 2013

    • Thanh H.

      I live in Placentia. I would like that. My contact number is[masked] 8727. Thanks Erik

      September 26, 2013

  • Mary

    Too far from me that weekend. But I got my bike back getting tuned up so I can be ready to ride by the weekend. Miss you guys!

    September 24, 2013

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