Locals Only Hike a Bike with Golden Saddle

I’ve found, more often than not, that rides with Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles usually turn into hike a bike trails at some point. Even on “road rides”. The Locals Only ride is one of my favorites. It’s short, steep and sweet. Just long enough to get your heart rate going and early enough in the day that the light is usually nothing short of spectacular.

Last week’s Locals Only ride came right after some rain. The trails were sticky and the light was insane. A dense fog moved in from the sea and began to envelop the hills and mountains. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that in LA before. It was one of those mornings where you almost wreck because you’re staring off at the distance and not at the singletrack in front of you.

Like I said, we did some hiking, but the descents were nothing short of intense! See more in the Gallery!

  • hans

    “… and so does Los Angeles!” yes it do!

  • Rick Anderson


  • Adam Carter

    your portfolio must be the photographical equivalent to a bike hoarder’s shop.

  • barry mcwilliams

    Is that first part Vista Valle? The Vista Valle climb is my favorite way up Mt. Hollywood…But if this is a different line, I might need to investigate!

    • Not Vista Valle… ;-)

      • barry mcwilliams

        Haha! I’m gonna find it…Thanks for all the great LA photosets. I love seeing my city & getting inspired to find more lines.

        • Fireroadie

          No secret. This is where Cadman Drive ends and become a fire road. Too bad you didn’t get caught by rangers poaching trails in Griffith Park.

  • Matt Ruscigno RD MPH

    I love the way you capture Los Angeles.

  • kermitonwheels

    You sure do have an affinity for the LA landscape. This is one of the most dramatic sets you’ve dropped on us. Loved the juxtaposition in 11, great stuff.

  • Jason


  • great photos john. feeling this set. crazy haze