“This a fun singletrack with a challenging mile long climb.
— Janna Williams
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This run is a fun singletrack which connects to many trails. There are beautiful views when you get to the top of the climb and then you get to enjoy rolling hills before descending back down.
Need to Know
All creek crossing have bridges. Water and restrooms at the start. The restrooms usually do not open until 8:00 a.m. (sometimes it can be earlier). Mostly open with some shade.
Some part of the trail are technical. Trails are very well groomed.
There is plenty of parking in the parking lot at Juan Bautista De Anza Park. The trailhead is behind the community center to the right of the building. The start is singletrack and it is a gradual climb which gives you a nice warm-up before the first real climb.
You'll cross a bridge and make a right turn onto the Talepop Trail
. This climb is about 1-mile long and totally manageable. Once you get to the top, you'll continue and enjoy rolling climbs before you come to an intersection with the Liberty Canyon Trail
. Turn left here and then hit Talepop Trail
again. Talepop gradually rises back to the parking area, skirting the mountain you just climbed!
Flora & Fauna
The trail is mostly grasslands and oak trees and in the spring lots of mustard seed.
History & Background
The Anza Expedition camped at a site Anza called Agua Escondida (hidden water) on February 22, 1776. The historic campsite was located in the Las Virgines Valley in the present day city of Calabasas, Calif. The expedition and campsite are commemorated with a scenic recreation trail as well as a local park bearing Anzas name.