Where Can I Ride My Electric Mountain Bike?
Maple Springs Truck Trail! (Or A Fireroad Near You)
With electric mountain bikes(e-MTB) on the rise with the rest of the e-bike industry, finding a place to ride is your e-MTB is getting a little more complicated. Trail tensions are getting higher all over California, so knowing where you can take your hard-earned mid-drive powered full-suspension is essential to avoiding a potential confrontation. Lucky for you, SoCal is full of doubletrack fire roads that you can explore for years on your brand-new e-MTB.
In our Orange County backyard, Cleveland National Forest has a plethora of options for doubletrack, including Maple Springs Truck Trail, located at the end of Silverado Canyon Road. After a three-mile paved ride through a few water crossings (this was written after a big rainy season), Maple Springs turns into a windy, rutty doubletrack that was patched with ice this winter. It’s about a four-mile climb to Four Corners and Main Divide Road.
The pair of Turbo Levos we had were awesome for the trip up, with plenty of battery to make it up in eco mode. The Specialized full-suspension frame and purgatory three-inch tires crushed the descent – a top notch experience. Other routes in the area include Blackstar Canyon Road up to the KSOX Doppler Radar Tower and Harding Truck Trail, both with fantastic views of the Southland.
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