Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Smoke Tree Trail

1 month ago


nice area. you can ride your bike, run if you like to run some trails like i do or just hike. there's not much shade so the sun will be a factor..

nature trips
4 months ago

I love it is really close to my house

Starting to get hot so the earlier you go the better. Thankfully a little of the June Gloom kept it on the cooler side. I took the little short cut (Dead Cow Trail) and thought it gave better views than the other part of the Palo Comado Trail.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun basic trail that is great for beginners. There are sections with rock obstacles which are tunneled within trees. Great views too. Recommend bringing more than 24oz of water/sport drink during the heat. Popular trail for the horse riding Agoura neighborhood.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Rattlesnakes are out in full force now. My son had a baby one cross the trail right in front of his bike

Went on hike on Sunday April 29 a group of 10 around noon. There were plenty of parking spots. Park rangers were there to provide information of trails. Considering weekend, not many people were on the trails. All hikers we met along the way were very friendly. We’ll definitely go back.

Good old reliable cheseboro

A fun loop with great views.
Very light foot traffic but mountain bike trail at the higher elevations and along Cheesboro section.
Best avoided on weekends as the bike traffic is much heavier.

The whole family loved the trail.

9 months ago

Most of the bikers were friendly, but some of the trail was very narrow and the bikers go so fast that it’s not the best place to hike with dogs. But it was a good hike.

Nice meadows. Did this loop in about an hour and 15. My fitbit calculated 3 miles even.

A pleasant hike up Palo Comado Canyon until it around the 1.5 mark where the ascent becomes more of a workout and especially on a warm day. Well worth the effort to make it to China Flats and it's many spurs and views.
Downhill is via Suicide Trail bike path (Warning: for experienced downhill bikers only) which is a steep descent before a brief steep bastard of a hump back towards the start.
The final section is by necessity through a housing development but we aim to explore better options in future. For this trip on a hot day we were tired and just wanted to get back to the car.
The trip up to China Flats and then retracing your way down Palo Comado Canyon is also a worthwhile option if you want to avoid the less interesting scenic option via Suicide Trail.

9 months ago

I got lost ended up in oak park

it’s a very good trail.

on Smoke Tree Trail

11 months ago

Nice short trail that leads to other nearby ones
Ended up going up towards the hills for a detour

11 months ago

Great trail
Lots of bikers on weekends
Too much horse poop to give it a 5

11 months ago

Love this trail! Extremely low traffic and stunning views. Good challenging incline, but great flats to run as well.

trail running
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Good open trails with lots of options. Trail is soft in spots and because of all the options it’s easy to get flipped around or lost. The middle peak is nice, but the trail is pretty bland otherwise. There is trails for all skill levels.

challenging on a hot day, but totally worth it

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lots of mt. bikes. We entered the loop from Doubletree Lane, so only 7 miles for us.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saw three deer today (Sept 19,2017) hiking this trail. See my milepost on my recording Cheeseboro Canyon View attached to Cheeseboro Canyon View Trail. Always great to see deer. It wasn't near dawn or dusk but about 11:45. It was a cloudy cooler day. There was a doe with male and female fawns. Doe stayed pretty well hidden but fawns were out in the open. Both the young ones and I had a staring contest but they were unperturbed.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I used my jogging stroller and it worked OK. I would do it again.

mountain biking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Difficult climb on dead cow trail as it is full of channels and holes. But a great down hill ride after the climb.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Really peaceful Canyon, mostly wide trail, better to hike in cooler evening. I've hiked in midday and the sun kinda wipes you out as there are limited shade and breezes. Well travelled by bikers and hikers, listen for the bike bells and step to the left!

Mother's Day hike with my family. Beautiful mountain views, lush foliage and flowers.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

very beautiful and fun hike. The mustard plants are wonderful to navigate through.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

As I anticipated the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail was very busy with hikers, hikers with dogs, and bicycles. Parking lot was near capacity at 9:30 when I arrived. I was walking a friends dog which complicates the hike. She is getting old and now moves rapidly away from aggressive dogs. I usually sit her down so in her haste to get away, I don't trip over her. In a couple instances we had bicycles and dogs converging at the same place. Once a couple horses were thrown into the mix, If you want a more peaceful experience from this trailhead get off the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail and onto one of the many other options. You won't have the trail to yourself but it'll be way less crowded.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great hiking trail with kids or if looking for an easy hike. Beautiful canyon views.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Took a trail south of Cheeseboro today and there was a major kerfuffle of coyotes in the bush. Heard howls for a few minutes coming from an area of dense brush about 100 yards away. Never saw a single coyote. Just a reminder to those that walk dogs and are inclined to take them off leash. Just because you don't see coyotes doesn't mean that there aren't any coyotes. Your dog probably knows if there are coyotes around and if he/she is inclined to chase or investigate...it could have a tragic ending.

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