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Montevina Ridge Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 200' 61 m
Descent: -34' -10 m
High: 2,575' 785 m
Low: 2,375' 724 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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A short run along Montevina Ridge to the preserve boundary.

David Hitchcock

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The preserve is open year round from dawn until half an hour after sunset.

Runner Notes

The trail is fairly rocky and has been eroded in places, so watch your step.

Description

The Montevina Ridge Trail provides a short run along the ridge line in El Sereno Open Space Preserve. To access the trail, take CA Highway 17 until you get to the Bear Creek Road exit, and then follow Montevina Road until the end of the road. There is a small parking area for four to five cars. Run uphill past the gate and enter the preserve.

If you look behind you, homes perch on the mountain tops can be seen outside of the preserve. Views of the mountains and the Lexington Reservoir stretch out before you. Continuing along the trail, you come to a split at roughly 0.2 miles, where the Aquinas Trail climbs off to the right while the Montevina Ridge Trail goes off to the left.

The trail meanders through a chaparral landscape with few large trees and little shade. Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat if running in the middle of the day. Limited views of the mountains can be seen on the left hand side of the trail.

After running roughly 0.6 miles, a radio tower comes into view, which sits just outside the preserve. Carrying on a little while further, you emerge at Gate 4 on Bohlman Road. This is private property, so at this point you can turn around and return to your car, or explore the preserve more by running back to the Aquinas Trail, where you can follow that for as long as you wish.

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This gate leads back into the preserve from just outside the boundary on Bohlman Road.
Mar 11, 2017 near Monte S…, CA
Enjoy smooth trail as it makes its way along the ridge.
Mar 11, 2017 near Monte S…, CA
As you approach the boundary of the preserve, a radio tower comes into view.
Mar 11, 2017 near Monte S…, CA

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