The Chilao / Silver Moccasin is a good tough climb for anyone up to a mountain biking challenge. The trail begins so high up in the mountain and thus has the shortest riding season in the region. It has great scenery and is a welcome break from the city’s crowds and noise. Even though it is rated intermediate-friendly, the Chilao / Silver Moccasin has some tough climbs and rocky technical descents. Here is a quick breakdown of the biking route’s stats;
The Chilao / Silver Moccasin loop is the place to be if you need a technical mountain biking adventure. The sky-scraping ride begins at over 5000 ft and goes up to 6200 ft at Lunch rock where you can take a break and enjoy the stunning views before descending the rough, rocky downhill. We recommend the descent to experts only because it is highly technical.
The trail is not particularly a fast ripper, but some of its parts will push your limits. Since it is on a high altitude, you must plan your weather window properly to avoid being caught in inclement weather.
Besides being narrow and steep, the Chilao / Silver Moccasin trail requires your full attention because it is very brushy with chunky rocks and waterbar jumps.
If you go for a ride in good weather, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the big Tujunga Canyon and the creeks that carve through the hills. You will also appreciate the fresh fragrance of sagebrush as you ride the trail.
Moreover, since the trail gets relatively low human traffic, it is a haven for various wildlife and sensitive animal species like gray foxes, coyotes, bears, bighorn sheep, and predatory hawks.