Los Robles Trail aka Space Mountain
Ride Level – Moderate
Total Ride Distance: 6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 699 feet
Total Elev Drop: 1,389 Feet
The Los Robles Trail, or Space Mountain as it is more commonly called, is a fun and flowy single track located off the 101 freeway off Moorpark Rd in Thousand Oaks. Small built up berms accentuate an already sweeping single track that switchbacks through the foothills. The trail is not particularly difficult, but is fun for beginner and advanced riders alike.
Directions and Ride Route:
Located off the 101 Freeway on South Moorpark road, follow Moorpark west until it dead-ends at a dirt parking area. You can do the shorter option or if you want to go for a bit more, coast back down Moorpark on your bike and take a right turn on Los Padres Dr. You’ll quickly see a trail entrance on your right. Enter and climb up the steep singletrack and take a right on the fire road.
You’ll reach the next fork, take another right on the fire road and pedal up until the trail T’s. Take a left and you’ll soon be descending a fun, flowy singletrack. Continue down the trail until it the next intersection and take a left taking you down a short steep rock garden. Keep an eye out for a steep uphill right turn, that’s the bottom of Switchbacks/Space Mountain. Head up and pedal away!
If you left the main parking lot from Moorpark Rd. and didn’t opt for the bonus loop, follow the main fire road into the park for about 8 minutes. There will be a “Y” in the road with two steep but short climbs. Take the right and you’ll immediately drop down and reach a critical junction. Switchbacks/Space Mountain is the trail to your left that abruptly goes up. The first hundred feet are steep, but it mellows out soon.
Take care when riding up as this is the same trail that people travel down very fast. After roughly 12 to 25 minutes (depending on fitness) you’ll reach the first small bench. Enjoy a quick view and continue traversing along the singletrack northwest. The trail will intersect Ventu Park fire road, but keep going past that until you reach Angel Vista, which is marked by a picnic bench and a beautiful view overlooking Conejo Valley and out to Oxnard and the Pacific Ocean.
On the return ride, the trail is primarily downhill and you can enjoy the sweeping turns, jumps and small rocky sections. Be conscious that this trail is shared with hikers and other riders climbing up, so take care around blind corners. Once back on the fire road, be sure to ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, a short ripping flow trail. Mr. Toad’s is a quick left off the main fire road, followed by a quick right turn at the “Y”. Though brief, this trail is a favorite because of it’s flow and fun right hip jump at the bottom. Don’t be afraid to session it multiple runs! Just be careful if you stop since other riders may be hauling through on the way down. We recommend the short pedal up on the road when lapping.